Tiger Woods’ second round at Royal Troon Scotland, Round Two

Golf has always had a mixed relationship with water. Think of shots like Arnold Palmer’s iconic 143-yard pitch on No. 9 in a match against Jack Nicklaus in the 1958 U.S. Open — poor!…

Tiger Woods’ second round at Royal Troon Scotland, Round Two

Golf has always had a mixed relationship with water. Think of shots like Arnold Palmer’s iconic 143-yard pitch on No. 9 in a match against Jack Nicklaus in the 1958 U.S. Open — poor! — or Tommy Armour’s pinball-style chip on 18 during the 1960 U.S. Open. Golf is usually low-scoring when covered in ice and snow, and very high-scoring when covered in sunshine. Golf is especially stressful when played in the morning hours in England.

At the last Royal Troon Scottish Open, the USGA set up the course in such a way that unless the front nine was played under 24-degree weather (and “another flat, uneventful fog”), the second nine would likely go uphill. A forecast like that would mean that the fairways and greens would not be watered, which, unfortunately, was exactly the case when the event took place. The par-5 second hole was watered off and replaced with a water-soaked fairway. The flow of water accelerated the downhill putt by more than a foot as players were forced to back away from it.

Since Rory McIlroy, Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick all opted to delay their tee times, play eventually resumed. A larger round was completed in less than three hours. The Sunday TV broadcast had to be delayed due to rainy conditions and flooding that took place in the eighteenth fairway. The game was suspended on Sunday and most golf fans in the U.K. did not learn until Monday afternoon that the tournament would be runover, forcing players to return at 11 a.m.

The last time a British Open had been played in Scotland was in 1894 when the Royal Troon Course hosted the championship. In the process, with the Royal Manchester and Royal Liverpool clubs both tied for first with Troon on 159 points, golf legend Robert Trent Jones became the first Master to win his first major.

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Masters Field

Tiger Woods +900

Jordan Spieth +1300

Justin Rose +1300

Patrick Reed +1300

Dustin Johnson +1600

Rory McIlroy +1600

Adam Scott +1800

Jon Rahm +1800

Phil Mickelson +4000

Henrik Stenson +4000

Justin Thomas +4000

Patrick Cantlay +5000

Phil Mickelson +5000

Ernie Els +5000

Paul Casey +5000

Matt Kuchar +5000

Bubba Watson +5000

Thomas Pieters +5000

Jon Rahm +5000

Jon Rahm +5000

Phil Mickelson +6000

Russell Knox +6000

Tony Finau +6000

Adam Scott +6500

Rickie Fowler +6400

Harris English +6600

Marc Leishman +6800

Bubba Watson +6700

Tiger Woods +6700

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