Halfway through the 2007 British Open, Sergio Garcia looks primed to claim his first Major, two-time defending champ Tiger Woods is 7 strokes back, and Phil Mickelson has missed the cut for his second straight Major.
Instead of charging, Tiger Woods got in trouble on his first swing of the day at the British Open. Woods yanked his opening shot into the Barry Burn, looking on in disbelief as the ball dribbled into the meandering stream. He limped home with a 3-over-par 74 that left a daunting seven-shot gap between him and leader Sergio Garcia. The world’s best player had plenty of work to do if he wants to become the first in more than a half-century to win a third straight Open championship.
Garcia followed a brilliant 6-under 65 with a workmanlike 71, sinking the sort of testy putts that have bedeviled him through his career. “I managed to not make many mistakes,” he said. “I didn’t play as well as yesterday, but I was quite consistent.”
Phil Mickelson seemed destined to miss the cut in his second straight major after slumping to an ugly 77 for a 148 total. “I thought I was playing a lot better than this,” moaned Phil Mickelson, who has only one top-10 finish at the Open. He had to take a one-stroke penalty at No. 2 after his ball plugged into the soggy turf. On the PGA Tour, he could have taken relief for an imbedded lie, but not under the Royal & Ancient rules. At the 18th, Mickelson lost two more strokes. He drove into the Barry Burn, wound up missing a 3-foot putt and took double bogey.
Garcia hasn’t made those sort of mistakes.
Golf is a bizarre, humbling game. And that’s doubly true in Scotland.
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