What a difference a day makes
The world’s top golfers were in for a shock this morning when they arrived for the second round of The 145th Open at Royal Troon to find the wind had completely changed direction.
After getting used to playing the first six holes directly downwind competitors were suddenly faced with the prospect of playing the opening stretch into the wind and the switch had an immediate effect on the scoring.
During the opening round the 367-yard 1st hole (average score 3.885), the 377-yard 3th (3.891), the 555-yard 4th (4.615), the 601-yard 6th (4.737), and the 401-yard 7th (3.891) all played below par but 24 hours later the red numbers were quickly replaced by a sea of blue.
It took almost an hour for America’s Kevin Kisner to card the first birdie on the opening hole while the third was causing particular havoc with 2003 Champion Golfer of the Year Ben Curtis posting a ten and seven of the first twelve players on the course dropping at least one shot.