Steve Marino's headgear told the story of changing weather patterns on Friday at Turnberry. (Kinnaird/Getty Images)
The Live Report: Round 2
The weather turned cooler on Friday at Turnberry, leaving many in the field wondering how low the scoring would be in the second round.
WHY WATSON IS WINNING (4 p.m.): There are two simple reasons Tom Watson has a share of the lead heading into the weekend of the Open Championship: His accuracy off the tee and his putting. Watson said it himself today after a round of even-par 70. By hitting it straight off the tee and avoiding the troublesome rough at Turnberry, he's been able to keep his confidence up and scores low.
The other thing he's done is putt well. Except for some holes on the front nine today, Watson's sometimes shaky putter has been anything but through the first 36 holes. On the first hole, Watson rolled one in from about 30 feet. The rest of the front was pretty much forgettable, but Watson started things rolling again with a 25-footer on No. 9 and added a 15-footer on No. 11. Then things just got ridiculous with putts of 50 and nearly 60 feet on Nos. 16 and 18, respectively, to cap his back-nine 32.
It's hard to imagine Watson can keep that kind of putting up, but if he's anywhere close to that good with the putter on the weekend, he'll be right there come Sunday. A win here would make him the oldest major winner by 11 years and the oldest winner on the PGA TOUR by about 8 years. Thirty-six down, 36 to go. -- Brian Wacker
LOW AMATEUR (3:45 p.m.): It shouldn't be too hard for Matteo Manassero to claim the Silver Medal for the leading amateur at the Open Championship. That's because the 16-year-old is the lone am left in the field after making the cut with a couple of shots to spare.
Manassero shot rounds of 71 and 70 with six bogeys and five birdies. Manassero is in the field thanks to his 4 and 3 win at the Amateur Championship. At 16, he was the youngest player in the 124-year history of the event to win it. The teen sensation came into this week ranked eighth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. -- Brian Wacker
SECOND ROUND WINDING DOWN (3:15 p.m.): With the second round winding down, it doesn't appear the cut line is going to move, meaning that Tiger Woods will be heading home for the weekend at a major championship for just the second time in his career.
He's not the only one, though. The 2003 Open winner, Ben Curtis, is heading home after shooting 15 strokes higher with an 80 today. Ditto John Senden, who also shot 80 after opening with a 66. Mike Weir had a similar experience, shooting 67-78.
Teen sensation Ryo Ishakawa won't be around either after following his 68 with a 78 today. David Duval, who finished in a tie for second at the U.S. Open and who won this tournament in 2001, is gone too, after rounds of 71-76.
Lucas Glover, who hasn't taken a week off since winning the U.S. Open, will get this weekend after rounds of 72-77. Though he would rather not be going home, some time off is well deserved after playing five straight weeks. -- Brian Wacker
MAJOR HISTORY? (2:40 p.m.): If Steve Marino wins the Open Championship on Sunday, he would become the 13th player since 1969 to make his first PGA TOUR victory a major championship. Below are the others. -- Helen Ross
||1969 U.S. Open
||1976 U.S. Open
||1988 PGA Championship
||1994 U.S. Open
||1995 PGA Championship
||1999 Open Championship
||2001 U.S. Open
||2003 Open Championship
||2003 PGA Championship
||2005 U.S. Open
||2007 U.S. Open
TIGER FINISHES AT 5 OVER (2:15 p.m.) -- Tiger Woods pushed his approach right of the green on the 461-yard 18th and failed to jar his chip for the birdie needed to reach the current cut line.
If the cut line remains at 4 over, Woods will miss the cut for the first time since the 2006 U.S. Open. -- Ryan Smithson
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING (1:55 p.m.): Co-leader Steve Marino is in the lead for the first time in his young career at a major championship. But it's also his first time playing in the Open Championship, his first time playing a true links golf course and even his first time to Scotland. Obviously there's one other first he'd like to add to that come Sunday. -- Brian Wacker
STREAKS ON THE LINE (1:35 p.m.): Barring something miraculous, Tiger Woods is going to miss the cut in a major championship for just the second time in his career -- his only other missed cut in a major came in the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
The current cut line is at 4 over with Woods at 7 over as his round winds down.
It would also mark just the fifth time in Woods' career that he has missed the cut anywhere and it would end his PGA TOUR leading streak of consecutive cuts made at 38.
Woods isn't the only player in danger of having that streak come to an end, however. Of the top 10 players on the consecutive cuts made list, six of them, including Woods, look to be headed home for the weekend.
Charley Hoffman (26 cuts), Hunter Mahan (22), Geoff Ogilvy (15) and John Senden (9) won't make it past the halfway mark at the Open Championship, while Rocco Mediate, who has made 15 straight cuts, is outside the cut line at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
That means that the new leader in consecutive cuts made will be Kenny Perry with 22 in a row. He's 3 over through two rounds of the Open Championship. -- Brian Wacker
FINAL PAIRING SET FOR SATURDAY (1:15 p.m.): There's still a couple of hours to go here in the second round of the Open Championship, but thanks to a remarkable turnaround on the back nine, Tom Watson has played himself into what will be tomorrow's final pairing with Steve Marino.
Watson, who at one point made four straight bogeys and bogeys on 5 of 6 holes on the front nine, was error-free over his final nine, capping a back side 32 with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole.
As a result, Watson turned what easily looked like a 75 or worse into a round of even par, leaving him with a share of the halfway lead at 5 under.
It's amazing stuff to see Watson, a five-time Open champion, in this position. One of those Open wins came here, 32 years ago. That's six Presidents and nearly one entire Tiger Woods life ago.
If Watson, now the oldest leader in any round of any major in history at 59 years young, finds a way to get it done on the weekend, he'll become the oldest major champion by miles. And if he doesn't it's still a pretty remarkable story for him to be in this position with 36 holes to play. -- Brian Wacker
DALY UPDATE (1:05 p.m.): John Daly flirted with the leaderboard on Friday but ended up shooting 2 over to drop back to even par for the tournament.
Daly, who did the bulk of the damage with a bogey-double bogey finish to his front nine, thought the pin placements were extremely difficult.
“It was brutal out there today,” he said. “… The way the wind was blowing it was impossible to get at (the pins). Not only that, a lot of them were on slopes making it even more tough.
“This course, whether it is calm or blowing, you are always five feet or five inches from a disaster. I’m happy to be here for the weekend, and if I can shoot below par I will be happy.” -- Helen Ross
NOT MUCH TO "TWEET" ABOUT (12:52 p.m.): Ian Poulter has yet to “tweet” about the 79 he shot in the second round of the Open Championship but his comments to the media at Turnberry were candid, as usual.
“I hit my last good shot on the third – yesterday,” said Poulter, who shot 14 over a year after finishing solo second at Royal Birkdale. “Seriously, there were no decent shots out there.
“If you’re going to play as bad as I played for two days, it doesn’t matter what golf course you’re playing. It could have been the easiest municipal down the road and I would have missed the cut. It was horrible.”
Poulter, who planned to head home Friday afternoon and “have a look at the Internet,” said he was very disappointed by his performance. He came to Turnberry playing well with four top-10s – including solo second at THE PLAYERS Championship.
“I’m going out there trying to win the golf tournament and I don’t find the middle of the club face for two days,” Poulter said. “I was playing great golf coming into the week, feeling good and loving the golf course.
“I could have had a set of spades in my bag this week and I still wouldn’t have found the middle of the greens. You can only but laugh.” -- Helen Ross
OLD AND GOOD (12:40 p.m.): Kind of like a good bottle of scotch, Mark Calcavecchia (aged 49 years) and Tom Watson (59) have proven to be old and good this week at Turnberry, where each is bidding to become the oldest major champion in the history of golf. There's a long way to go, certainly, but here is a look at the current list of golf's oldest major winners. Julius Boros tops the list for his 1968 PGA Championship victory at 48 years, 4 months and 18 days. -- Brian Wacker
||48 years, 4 months, 18 days
||1968 PGA Championship
|Tom Morris Sr.
||46 years, 3 months, 9 days
||1867 Open Championship
||46 years, 2 months, 23 days
||45 years, 3 months, 6 days
||1961 PGA Championship
||45 years, 15 days
||1990 U.S. Open
||44 years, 8 months, 18 days
||1984 PGA Championship
|Roberto de Vicenzo
||44 years, 3 months, 3 days
||1967 Open Championship
||43 years, 9 months, 11 days
||1986 U.S. Open
||43 years, 4 months, 16 days
||1920 U.S. Open
||43 years, 3 months, 20 days
||1963 U.S. Open
CAMPBELL WITHDRAWS (12:25 p.m.): Michael Campbell, who won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, has withdrawn. The New Zealander, who shot 78 in the first round, made an early exit at the 12th hole due to that recurring shoulder injury that has plagued him for the last year. He was 20 over at the time. -- Helen Ross
CUT CHECK (12:10 p.m.): The cut line is currently at 3 over with 79 players at that number or lower. Tiger Woods is not one of them after making a mess of the 10th hole to fall to 3 over on his round and 4 over on the week.
After hitting his tee shot well to the right and into deep rough on the par-4 10th, Woods hit a provisional ball. His 5-minute search of the first tee shot turned up nothing and as a result he had to play the provisional. His fourth shot came up short of the green and he got up-and-down to save double bogey.
That puts Woods in serious danger of missing just his second cut in a major in his career. The last time Woods wasn't around for the weekend was in 2006 when he missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. That, however, came on the heels of the death of his father, Earl, and was the first golf he played since his father's passing some six weeks earlier. For his career, Woods has only missed five cuts total. -- Brian Wacker
TIGER'S TROUBLES (11:50 a.m.): So much for that birdie spurring on Tiger Woods. After bogeying each of his last two holes on the front nine to make the turn in 1 over, Woods just hit a provisional ball on the 10th hole.
The last few holes, Woods has hit some extremely wild shots and that's cost him dearly. Even if he plays even par the rest of the way -- a big if at this point -- there are going to be some major questions about his play and his swing going into the weekend. -- Brian Wacker
CALC REMAINS IN CONTENTION (11:30 a.m.): A 1-under 69 today at Turnberry is the equivalent of a 5 under on a lot of courses and that score has Mark Calcavecchia in the clubhouse at 4 under for the week and just one shot off Steve Marino's lead.
That lead, by the way, should hold up pretty well given conditions this afternoon. Marino was fortunate to go out early today and he took full advantage.
As for Calcavecchia, he comes into this week playing well -- despite a final-round 77 at the John Deere Classic, where they played 36 holes on Sunday. A bottle of Aleve, however, and a return to a course that's some 20 miles down the road from where he won the Open Championship in 1989, and Calc's cranky back is suddenly feeling awfully good.
Calcavecchia also has a pretty strong record in Open Championships with a half dozen top-15s. If he can hold up physically the rest of the week, there's no reason to think Calcavecchia is going anywhere. -- Brian Wacker
TIGER'S FIRST BIRDIE (11:05 a.m.): Tiger Woods has just one birdie so far today, rolling in a short putt on the par-5 seventh hole, yet he's already climbing the leaderboard, just five shots back. That's what he does when conditions get as difficult as they are right now.
As Adam Scott once told me, Woods makes fewer mistakes than everyone else. That's not always true, of course, but it is when Woods is hitting it as well as he is. And that's what has Woods chasing the lead right now -- his "bad" golf is better than everyone else's bad golf. Does anybody make pars better than Tiger? Not really.
At this rate, if Woods can add one or two more birdies and avoid the trouble the way he has so far, he'll be breathing down Steve Marino's neck by the time the East Coast wakes up tomorrow morning. -- Brian Wacker
IT'S GOING TO BE A TOUGH DAY (10:40 a.m.): Just how difficult is scoring today compared to yesterday? Well, at the moment there are only 10 players currently above the cut line who are under par on their rounds today. The lowest round of the day so far? A 3 under by Daniel Gaunt.
Now that it's raining, conditions aren't going to get any easier, either. Rain, wind, difficult scoring conditions. Welcome to Scotland. -- Brian Wacker
HARRINGTON SITS AND WAITS (10:25 a.m.): Two-time defending champion Padraig Harrington is going to wait around to see if his 36-hole effort of 3-over 143 will be enough to make the cut at Turnberry and give him a shot at becoming the first man since 1956 to win the Open Championship in three straight years.
After a 1-under 69 on Thursday, Harrington struggled to a 4-over 74 on Friday in a round that included five bogeys and just one birdie, which came on the par-5 17th hole.
"I suppose it was a tough day," Harrington said. "It was always going to be tough going out there, and I hit the ball very nicely all day. It was tough around the turn. I seemed to play the holes OK and 8, 9 and 10 was difficult in any round to drop three in a row."
Chances are Harrington will easily make the cut since half the field has yet to finish the round.
"I was thinking I'm eight shots behind," Harrington said. "That's not insurmountable on the weekend on a links golf course, especially like this. I wasn't thinking about making the cut. At the end of the day, my round, if you look back at it, I think the longest putt I holed was 2 feet out there, mostly tap ins on every hole...I know I'm running out of holes, 36 to go, but if they start dropping I'll shoot some good scores." -- T.J. Auclair
SOME BIG NAMES STRUGGLING (10 a.m.): For a few big names who were expected to contend this week, it appears they'll be getting the weekend off.
IAN POULTER -- Last year's runner-up at Royal Birkdale was arguably England's best hope, but he finished 14 over after shooting a second-round 79 that include two double-bogeys and one triple.
HUNTER MAHAN -- Had top-10 finishes in the first two majors of the year and came in with momentum. But like Poulter, he shot 79 on Friday, including a triple-bogey at the par-4 13th, to finish at 11 under.
GEOFF OGILVY -- Hadn't shown the kind of form he displayed earlier in the year when he won twice, but he certainly wasn't expected to shoot 13 under, including a second-round 78.
LUCAS GLOVER -- He hasn't had a week off since winning the U.S. Open, so he may have just runout of gas, finishing 9 over.
ANTHONY KIM -- A pair of 73s isn't awful, but he appeared to be back in form after struggling earlier in the year with injuries.
BEN CURTIS -- A first-round 65 indicated that he might be angling for his second Open Championship. A second-round 80 -- eight bogeys and two double-bogeys on his card -- showed that he's not. -- Mike McAllister
FROM TOM TERRIFIC TO TOM HORRIFIC (9:55 a.m.): Tom Watson is a passenger on the bogey train right now and so far in Round 2 there have been very few stops for the five time Open champion.
Watson, who had five birdies and no bogeys on Thursday, already has five bogeys and just one birdie through his first seven holes today. Among them was a bogey on the par-5 seventh -- his fourth straight bogey. Putting has always been a weak spot in Watson's game and that was the case on No. 7, where he just missed from about 5 feet. -- Brian Wacker
TIGER OFF (9:30 a.m.): Yesterday, Tiger Woods talked about needing to be patient when playing Turnberry. With the wind starting to pick up and conditions already much more difficult than they were on Thursday, he certainly will need to be in today's second round.
So far, so good for Woods -- he made par on the first hole and just hit a fairway wood into the fairway on No. 2.
What he will do the rest of the way is pretty much up in the air, though. Woods has an up-and-down history of second rounds when it comes to this tournament. The three times he's won, he's shot no worse than 67 in the second round. Three other times, Woods broke 70 in Round 2, but didn't go on to win. His best second round in the Open Championship was a 65 three years ago at Royal Liverpool. His worst score was a 74, which he has shot twice, most recently at Carnoustie in 2007.
Woods' career second-round scoring average in the Open Championship? 70. He'll probably need to do a little better than that to stay in contention, but not much given the conditions. If he can turn in a round of 2 or 3 under, he'll be pretty happy. -- Brian Wacker
PUTTER KEEPING GOOSEN AROUND (9:16 a.m.) -- Retief Goosen hasn’t been particularly pleased with his ball-striking this week, but his putter has cooperated. As a result, the two-time U.S. Open champion is in contention for a third major at 3 under after shooting an even-par 70 on Friday.
“I'm going to go hit a few balls this afternoon and just try to smooth out a few things and go out there tomorrow and see what happens,” Goosen said.
The quiet South African was among the few players who managed to prosper on a day that dawned chilly and damp with winds gusting off the Irish Sea. He wasn’t surprised to see the conditions worsen and the scores soar.
“I felt the pins had sort of a revenge day today after yesterday,” Goosen said. “Today it felt like every green was almost the toughest pin you can have on every hole. I would say the course is playing a good seven shots harder than (in the first round). …
“Even yesterday when it was calm, I was practicing my low shots, just in case it starts blowing.”
Turned out to be a wise move. -- Helen Ross
CRAZY WEEK FOR MARINO (8:45 a.m.) -- Steve Marino (67-68) posted four birdies, four bogeys and an eagle at No. 17 in wet, windy conditions to finish at 5-under through 36 holes.
Steve Marino is contesting his first Open Championship and just his fourth major. He missed the cut at both the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Open and finished T60 at the 2008 PGA Championship.
Steve Marino has held the 36-hole lead/co-lead just once on the PGA TOUR at the 2007 Wyndham Championship, eventually finishing T37.
Steve Marino is currently 23rd in the FedExCup standings, No. 27 on the PGA TOUR money list, 18th on the Presidents Cup standings and No. 77 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Playing at last week’s John Deere Classic, knowing he was first alternate for the Open, Steve Marino realized he didn’t have his passport with him. He asked his father to get on a plane on Friday and fly from Virginia to Florida to collect his passport from his house and FedEx it to him at the John Deere Classic. Officials informed him he was in when Shingo Katayama withdrew Sunday with an injury so he joined the 20-odd players on the charter flight from Silvis, Ill. -- Mark Williams
WATSON BIRDIES TO TIE FOR LEAD (8:20 a.m.) -- Tom Watson used an iron off the tee on Turnberry's short par-4 first hole, pitched to 15 feet and sank the putt to get to 6 under, tied for the lead with Kenichi Kuboya.
WATSON TEES OFF (8:10 a.m.) -- A large crowd greeted the group of Tom Watson, Sergio Garcia and Matteo Manassero as they headed out for their second round.
It will be interesting to see how Watson reacts to the colder weather today. Watson lives year-round in Kansas City and is famous for practicing in wind and rain. It was a big reason he went on to win five Open Championships.
CURTIS FALLS DOWN LEADERBOARD (7:39 a.m.) -- What a difference a day makes.
When Ben Curtis started the second round of the 138th Open Championship he was 5 under and one stroke off the lead. When he finished Friday, Curtis was tied for 106th at 5 over after a disasterous 80.
That's how quickly things can change here at Turnberry where the air is heavy and the wind is swirling off the Irish Sea. Curtis opened with a birdie to briefly tie Miguel Angel Jimenez -- who would have his own problems in the second round -- but then the American made seven bogeys, one double bogey and one par over his next nine holes to seal his fate. -- Helen Ross
DUEL IN THE RAIN? (7:10 a.m.) -- British Open weather arrived Friday at Turnberry. The conditions are more subtle than last year at Royal Birkdale, but there is a definite change in the air here on the western coast of Scotland.
Temperatures hovered in the low 60s and the rain was intermittent and gentle. The big difference -- and this sent scores soaring -- was the northwest wind that whipped off the Irish Sea and gusted to 20-25 mph with it expected to increase in the afternoon.
The official forecast for Saturday calls for a “good deal of dry weather with variable cloud and sunny spells” and “80 percent (chance) of a few short-lived passing showers.
Sunday is expected to be “mostly dry at first with variable cloud and bright or sunny spells. Clouds increasing later and some occasional rain is possible in the afternoon.” Then there is the qualifier -- low confidence in timing (of the rain).
Sounds like the weatherman is hedging his bets. -- Helen Ross
FISHER ON BABY ALERT (7 a.m.) -- Ross Fisher and his wife, Joanne, are expecting their first child. Any minute in fact.
So should she go into labor, Fisher made it clear Friday that he was prepared to withdraw – even though he is in the thick of things at 3 under after shooting a 68 in the second round.
“I’d love to be here for all four days but obviously, my wife comes first,” Fisher said. “If she were to go into labor later this evening or tomorrow, I’ve got no choice. I want to be there. It’s going to be a great experience and one that I don’t want to miss.”
The situation is reminiscent of Phil Mickelson, who was awaiting the birth of his first child during the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Amy Mickelson delivered Amanda on the Monday after her husband finished second to the late Payne Stewart.
Like Mickelson, who carried a pager that week, Fisher is prepared. If the call comes, he'll fly to Farnborough, England from Prestwick and his father-in-law will meet the plane and take him to the hospital.
"We've already talked about ideal scenarios," Fisher said on Thursday. "Coming down 18 with a two-shot lead and two-putting for the championship, then saying to one of the boys, you can do the winner's speech. I'm off." -- Helen Ross