report from St. Andrews: Tiger on top, Jack’s farewell

mulligan, 15 July 2005, Comments Off on report from St. Andrews: Tiger on top, Jack’s farewell
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I just arrived at St. Andrews. The place is teeming with spectators. St. Andrews is very small, basically only 3 streets, so it looks like golf fans have overtaken the streets — with lots of beer being served. The weather was nice, so low scores were had on Day 2. A local told me that it was a poignant, emotional farewell today for Jack Nicklaus. In classic Nicklaus fashion, Jack birdied the 18th hole to shoot a respectable even par for the day and +3 for the tournament. The cut line was at +1 (which playing partner Tom Watson made). The Golf Channel’s story on Jack here. The Open Official Leaderboard is here.

Tiger is poised to walk away with this tournament, at -11. The nearest competitor is four shots back, at -7 — Colin Montgomerie. A bunch of others are at -6. I’ll be following Tiger and Monty tomorrow. Oh, what fun!

Day 2 Leaderboard (Big 5 in bold)
-11 Tiger
-7 Colin Montgomerie
-6 Vijay, Scott Verplank, Jose Maria Olazabal, Peter Lonard, Trevor Immelman, Brad Faxon, Robert Allenby
-5 Sergio, Fred Couples, Bo Van Pelt, Bart Bryant
-4 John Daly, Stuart Appleby, Tim Clark, Hiroyuki Fujita
-3 Ernie, Phil, Retief, Michael Campbell + others

+1 Tom Watson + others
+3 Jack Nicklaus (final farewell)


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