Friday Quotes of the day
Our daily round-up of who is saying what at The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.
“I really like the challenge this weather and these elements provide. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogey but for the most part I kept the ball in play and played stress-free golf.”
Phil Mickelson reflects on the 69 which sees him top the leaderboard at ten under par 132.
“I just love that hole. I mean I’m fortunate to have capitalised on it. It’s a hole you’ve got to be very cautious on, and as the pin gets further back, I’ll be even more cautious.”
Mickelson with his thoughts on the Postage Stamp after carding his second successive birdie two on the hole.
“I think some people might think that at 5’ 7” I’ve over-achieved but I don’t mind. I’m married to Charlotte and I think I’ve over-achieved in that as well.”
Soren Kjeldsen in a jovial mood after carding a second round 68.
“I’m 40. I’m not going to play these tournaments (Majors) forever and ever. I don’t have another 50 goes at them. It might be a dozen or 15 in total so I have to start putting myself in position. I haven’t done that in the last six Majors so it’s time to getting going.”
Henrik Stenson is conscious that time is starting to run out for him to win a Major.
“I feel like my best game is in front of me. It (trying to retain the title) is irrelevant, I haven’t really felt any more pressure, if I am to be honest with you.”
Zach Johnson denies any suggestion defending the title is an added burden.
“Some good weather would be nice.”
Former Masters champion Adam Scott when asked what he’d like tomorrow.
“I love it, I dreamt of it as a kid, man. Playing in these events and people shouting your name, I absolutely love it."
Andrew “Beef” Johnston on his new-found celebrity.
“In America, if it starts raining, you get called off the course. Here you play.”
Charl Schwartzel tells the media he is not used to playing in the rain.
“I know I’ll be off pretty early in front of the leader, so I’ve got to go out and post a number. I’ve got 36 holes to see how good I am.”
US Open champion, Dustin Johnson, reflects on his position after finishing the second round at two under par.
“The next couple of weeks are massive as far as the Ryder Cup is concerned. But my game’s in nice shape. I’m going to walk away from here particularly disappointed to miss this cut after hitting so many good shots over the last couple of days. But that’s golf. It’s fine lines.”
Graeme McDowell considers the implications of missing the cut on four over par.
“It’s cool seeing your name on the leaderboard. On Monday, for a bit of fun, I actually snuck up to the leaderboard on 18 with a couple of guys and put our names up. I’m probably going to get into trouble for that.”
Keegan Bradley no longer has to put his own name on the leaderboard after reaching seven under at the halfway stage.
“It’s fifth time lucky. This is the first Open that my family hasn’t come up. If I qualify again, maybe they should stay at home.”
Tyrrell Hatton makes his first cut in The Open at the fifth time of asking.