Moving Day is very important in every professional golf tournament; even more so at a Major. The need for players just outside the top 10 to make a move up the leaderboard makes for great golf. All 13 players in red numbers has good chance to win the Claret Jug, but it all depends on what happens today.
What will it take for a player to step up and challenge the Jordan Spieth on the weekend? Of course, everyone is saying a low round, but that obvious answer does not really hold the entire truth. There is a certain quality that the top professionals innately have and it seems to rise to the forefront when the pressure is on.
To me, patience is critical on moving day. Trying to make something happen rarely succeeds when playing a course like Royal Birkdale. Any missed shot could cost a player the championship and to press a poor situation is a recipe for disaster. A quick double or triple could erase 16 or 17 holes of solid golf. Patience is important where par is good enough.
Patience helps the top players take advantage of lucky breaks. Chipping in or playing a brilliant shot out of the deadly rough can have energizing effects on ones golf game. The professionals understand when and where they can press their game as well as knowing that a bogey is good enough.
Patience shapes the demeanor of a player. It helps them remain calm and focused on the shot at hand. They loop the links with a plan and try to flawlessly execute every shot as to attain the lowest score possible. In some cases, like The Open, shooting 1 or 2 under par is more than good enough as it will help you climb the leaderboard.
Moving day at The Open Championship is all about patience. The player who remains the calmest, focused, and in the moment will make the greatest move today. I am not sure who you think that player will be, but it looks like Rory McIlroy is starting to regain some of his lost form, so it might be him. Matt Kuchar is the coolest player on tour and moving day might be his time to shine. However, I am still sticking with Justin Rose. I think he will shoot -4 and rocket into the top 10 with his sights on the Claret Jug on Sunday. Regardless, it will be fun to watch.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
This article was written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer golf blog.