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At age 59, Tom Watson is defying logic and adding to his lore at Turnberry. (Little/Getty Images)

The Daily Wrap-up: Open Championship, Second Round

As the conditions got trickier during Friday's second round, several players with proven pedigrees made their moves on the scoreboard. Tom Watson rallied from a tough start with a back-nine 32 to tie Steve Marino for the lead, while Mark Calcavecchia is just one shot back. Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh are also in the top 10.

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- In one unforgettable hour, as nostalgia gave way to disbelief, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods walked off the 18th green at Turnberry headed in opposite directions few could have imagined.

The oldest player at the Open Championship was leading.

The best player was leaving.

Even a tournament that has been around for 149 years can still serve up a shocker or two.

“It’s as if the spirits are on my side,” said Watson, a 59-year-old wonder who made history Friday afternoon as the oldest player to lead a major championship.

“Kept making mistake after mistake,” said Woods, the No. 1 player in the world.

Watson played his best golf on the toughest stretch at Turnberry, then finished with a pair of birdie putts that were nearly as long as his odds of winning another claret jug. The last one was a 45-footer on the 18th that gave him an even-par 70, putting him in the lead with Open rookie Steve Marino, who had a 68.

Woods came through an hour later, and was at his worst.

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TOO MANY 'MISTAKES' MEAN WOODS HEADING HOME EARLY
By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- For just the second time in his professional career, Tiger Woods will not be around for the weekend in a major championship.

Woods shot a 4-over 74 in the second round of the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry on Friday and at 5 over for the week, he will miss the cut. It was the 13th missed cut in Woods’ illustrious career (just his fifth as a professional), which covers 246 starts on the PGA TOUR and his first in a major since the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, Woods’ first start after the death of his father, Earl.

“I just made mistakes,” Woods said. “And obviously you can't make mistakes and expect to not only make the cut but also try and win a championship. You have to play clean rounds of golf, and I didn't. I made my share of mistakes out there today and didn't play a very clean round.”

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EASIEST HOLE TOUGHEST HOLE
The 559-yard par-5 17th. It has played to a scoring average of 4.453 through 36 holes. There have been 13 eagles, 169 birdies, 109 pars, 16 bogeys, three double bogeys and one "other." The 474-yard par-4 5th. It has played to a scoring average of 4.445 through 36 holes. There have been 23 birdies, 153 pars, 113 bogeys, 21 double bogeys and two "others."
SHOT OF THE DAY ROUND OF THE DAY
Tom Watson capped off his second round with a 50-foot bomb for birdie on the final hole that gave him a share of the halfway lead. Tom Watson had five bogeys in his first seven holes, but rallied for an even-par 70 to keep his magical run at Turnberry very much alive.
CO-LEADER WATSON'S SECOND ROUND A TALE OF TWO NINES
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Those four straight bogeys he’d just made wore heavily on Tom Watson’s mind as he walked down the eighth fairway at Turnberry in the cold and drizzle Friday afternoon.

“Come on, old man,” Sergio Garcia said, patting his playing partner on the back.

“Well, I feel like an old man,” the 59-year-old responded good-naturedly, adding he was playing like one, too.

Maybe so. But 11 holes later, Watson had righted the ship, rolling in a 60-footer at the 18th hole that elicited a jubilant kick -- “my Scottish jig,” he would say -- to move into a tie for the lead at the 138th Open Championship.

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STELLAR ROUND GIVES MARINO PASSPORT TO LEADER'S SPOT
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- The conversation went something like this.

“Uh, Dad, I need my passport. Would you mind flying to Florida and getting it for me?”

Of course, Steve Marino’s father was more than happy to oblige. So the missile defense engineer headed to the airport last Friday morning, boarded a plane in Washington, D.C., and headed to his son’s home in Tequesta, Fla. 

He found the passport on the dresser in his son’s bedroom. The elder Marino promptly FedExed it to his son, who was playing in the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., and headed home to Virginia the same afternoon. 

“He had a key,” Marino was quick to add. “He didn’t have to break the window or anything.”

Dad’s $300 plane ticket turned out to be money well spent for Marino. He had called home as soon as he found out he was first alternate for the 138th Open Championship -- and by Sunday morning, Marino was in the field after Shingo Katayama withdrew.

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WEATHER CHANGE MAKES DAY 2 A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GAME
By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- The Open Championship weather that everyone knows, loves and expects, but had been conspicuously absent, finally showed up in full force at Turnberry on Friday.

Thursday was calm and sunny, which the players loved, as evidenced by all the low scores and highlighted by Miguel Angel Jimenez’s leading 6-under 64. That tied an Open record for lowest opening-round score.

Friday, however, was a different story. Wool hats replaced baseball caps. Players slipped into rain gear and were armed with umbrellas as the wind, which gusted up to 25 mph, and rain swept off the Irish Sea and hung around for most of the day.

Ben Curtis, who fired a 5-under 65 in Round 1, was one of the early starters on Friday. To understand the change in conditions, one need not look further than the 2003 Open Champion’s scorecard, as he followed up the 65 with a mind-boggling 10-over 80 to miss the cut by one at 5 over with none other than Tiger Woods.

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WEEKEND GOALS SIMILAR, BUT VERY DIFFERENT, FOR CO-LEADERS
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- The bookies in the betting parlors in the United Kingdom will accept a wager on just about anything.

So what kind of odds do you think you’ve get that the man with the initials TW at the top of the leaderboard at the midway point of the Open Championship would be Tom Watson rather than Tiger Woods? 

And who in their right mind would have bet that the other TW, the one who happens to be the No. 1 player in the world, wouldn’t even be around for the weekend to see whether Watson can become the game’s oldest major champion?

Maybe “The Amazing Kreskin” --  but not too many of the “punters,” as they call gamblers on this side of the pond.

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INSIDE THE ROPES WITH THE PGA TOUR NETWORK
PGA TOUR Network correspondent Brian Katrek offers these observations from Thursday's action. Listen to PGA TOUR Live coverage on XM 146/SIRIUS 209 or right here at PGATOUR.COM.

Here's my take on the state of Tiger's game: He is not as good as he used to be. Now, to qualify that statement a bit. No one has ever been as good as he used to be, and most likely no one will ever be as good as he used to be. Tiger is still the best player in the world by a wide margin, but his previous dominance spoiled us.  By putting artificial parts in his knee, it looks like the doctors made him more human. 
 
One of the least surprising things about Friday at Turnberry was the fact that the weather forecast was wrong. The morning was supposed to be windy but pleasant and the bad stuff was supposed to roll in later in the day. As it turned out, there was no distinct difference in conditions. The wind was gusty all day. The players who happened to face the tougher tee shots during the gustier conditions were the ones who struggled. Quite random for a Friday at a major championship. Par for the course here in Scotland.
 
For what it's worth, there is no 10-shot rule at the Open. Tiger would have made the cut at the Masters and the U.S. Open as he was only 10 shots off the lead. But not this week. 


 

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