Lytham St. Annes, England – With a subtle change in direction, the wind at the British Open sent scores soaring on Friday. Mind you, that wind was far from a gale, but more like a steady breeze with occasional gusts.
The change in direction was enough to play with a player's minds.
Lee Westwood, for example, joked after his round that the bunker on 15 shouldn't have been in play. It was 400 yards from the tee, but Westwood's ball still came to rest in said sand pit.
The greens had been watered in an attempt to slow them down, but players were unable to hold wedges and sand wedges on the 15th green because of the hole playing downwind.
Here's what some players had to say after the second round of the 142nd Open Championship:
- GRAEME MCDOWELL, speaking of his position in the championship and whether someone can make a run from off the pace: "I'm 4-over, I'll need to be targeting 4-under par to have a shot. Certainly doable in the morning. I saw that this morning. If I could have putted a little better this morning, I could have easily shot 2- or 3-under par. There's a score out there, for sure. It was just good to see the ball behaving itself a little bit this morning. Like I say, just couldn't get it to the hole on the greens. Left a few putts out there for sure, but was generally very, very happy with the way I played this morning and the way I ground it out."
- ADAM SCOTT, on playing here after winning the Masters earlier this year: "There's a bit of weight off the shoulders having won a major. But I still have haven't won the Open, so the nerves and the anxiety is still there to win this event. But overall it's a great feeling, that's for sure."
- SERGIO GARCIA, talking about the difference between the first two rounds with the second round having a different wind direction: "The wind is subtly different, so some of the clubs you hit off the tees and shots into the greens are totally different than yesterday and the practice rounds. It just plays different. You just have to rethink everything that you've done. But that's about it."
- PADRAIG HARRINGTON, commenting on his two rounds: "Yesterday, as I said, probably the first game of golf I've ever played in my entire life that I didn't have one single putt. So I played great yesterday. Today was disappointing, maybe. I just didn't make the right choices at times, really, to be honest, after playing well yesterday. And it's a pity."
- JORDAN SPIETH, last week's PGA Tour winner on what it will take on the weekend: "This golf course is extremely difficult. So anybody that's within a few shots of par still has a chance to win the tournament with a good, solid round tomorrow and following it up on Sunday. I think there's just supposed to be no wind. As long as we can navigate the tee balls, hold the fairways, you can still shoot under par."
- TOM LEHMAN, bluntly describing his poor second round: "Really ugly golf. From the beginning to the end, just seems like I got progressively worse. Not happy with it. I was hanging in there, actually it felt like I was getting something going, and then I made a stupid bogey on 12. I had 6-iron and a wedge and I made a bogey. And then hit a pretty good second on 15 that almost went in the hole and snuck off to the back bunker, and made double from there, so disaster."
- MARK O'MEARA, explaining what he did wrong on Friday: "It was a tough day. Obviously I didn't play as well as I did yesterday. I didn't drive it as good. I had a lost ball out on No. 6. I didn't make many birdies. The course was different wind direction, but still very playable, but still a good test. And I just played pretty poorly, to be honest with you. Bogeying the last two holes didn't help."