Troon got Trooned! This phrase, coined by Brian Penn at All About Golf, fits The first day of The Open! Of course everyone is talking about Phil Mickelson’s 63 and 3 shot lead; I for one am happy for Lefty, but unfortunately I did not predict such a strong start for this veteran or any of the current leaders. As some pundits are saying that this is only the first day and tomorrow thinks might be different.
The low scores are quite amazing considering the reputation of Royal Troon. Discounting Mickelson’s score, there is still 1/3 of the field under par; for a Major! 11 players were minus 4 or minus 5! That is an amazing number of players who Trooned Troon.
The top 4 players in the world did not finish above 22nd place. McIlroy did okay, but Spieth, Day and Johnson were trooned. They will definitely have to play better tomorrow if they want to make the cut or get back into the thick of things.
Tomorrow will be a different day! The wind and rain are coming! This will make Royal Troon bare its teeth and not be as tame as the first day. It will be interesting to see if the Americans will be able to handle the heavy rain and 17 mph winds on a tough course with postage stamp greens.
The real Open Championship will start tomorrow. The weather is the unknown factor and tomorrow we shall see if Troon will be as generous with the low scores. As we watch the rounds unfold, the real question is who will be Trooned: the players or the course?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!