Open Championship 2013: Saturday’s five talking points
Sergio Garcia – After rounds of 75 and 73, the Spaniard played some sublime golf during his 68 on Saturday. Paired with Padraig Harington – a man with whom he has never shared the best relationship – Garcia’s intent was clear: he did not want to be outdone.
Cheer of the week – Walking the course on Saturday afternoon, the Golf Monthly team was shaken into life (while queuing for some light refreshments) by the raucous roar that greeted Lee Westwood’s eagle at the par-5 5th, hitting driver/driver before canning a 35-footer. With two further birdies on the back nine (at 14 and 17) he carries a two-shot advantage into the final round.
While the Worksop man’s game looks in fine shape on the greens, it will be his ability to play conservatively from the tee that will land him the Claret Jug on Sunday. Back-to-back English Major winners anyone?
Sedate Saturday – Saturday is moving day, but it’s fair to say nobody really slipped through the gears today. Yes Garcia looked good, but you feel there is too much for him to do over the final 18 holes to mount a challenge of serious contention.
Instead, it was more a case of the usual suspects swapping places on the leaderboard. That has been the nature of the tournament; it seems it will come down to the smallest of margins…
Jimmy Mullen – Golf Monthly’s editor, Mike Harris, has been a member at Royal North Devon since 2005, at which time the club’s local hero – and Open Silver Medal contender – Jimmy Mullen, would have been 11 years old.
Mullen has looked a class act this week; needing a par to make the cut in Friday’s second round, he hit his approach to four feet to set up a birdie, which he never looked like missing. He now faces a battle with fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick for one of the amateur game’s most prestigious titles.
Adam Scott – The Australian was never out of the top two during last year’s Open at Royal Lytham, and the pressure eventually got to him as he succumbed with four straight closing bogeys in Sunday’s final round.
But Scott looks refreshed and ready following his Augusta redemption, and he may just be the man to beat tomorrow.