University of Alabama student Dunne – whose coach Alan Murray is also his caddie this week – is the first amateur since the legendary Bobby Jones to lead the Open after 54 holes, the American going on to lift the Claret Jug at St Andrews in 1927.
Leading at the halfway stage on 10 under, the big-hitting American misfired badly to tumble down the leaderboard on Sunday (NZT Monday).
Scott defied deteriorating conditions at St Andrews to sign for a superb five-under-par 67 on Friday to surge to seven under for the championship to be just two behind English clubhouse leader Danny Willett. “I just couldn’t hole the putts”.
“But I faced a challenge yesterday and it made me feel real good to do what I did”.
“That’s just going to go into my fight tomorrow”, he said.
Unless you have been watching the 2015 British Open, you probably have no idea who Paul Dunne is.
But if Johnson is to continue that trend he will have to reverse a worrying statistic.
He was still hopeful, though. “I’ve been doing what I want to do for a long time, just not putting this together”.
“I know it’s easier said than done, but when you say added pressure, most people associate that with negativity or something that can hinder what’s comfortable”.
A second round that lasted almost 39 hours because of rain one day and a raging wind the next finally ended with Johnson driving the 18th green and taking two putts from 150 feet for birdie and a 3-under 69.
Although Woods fared poorly at the Memorial and the U.S. Open, shooting in the 80s in both tournaments, there was some optimism coming off the Greenbrier event two weeks ago, when he shot three rounds in the 60s, had a bogey-free final round and led the field in proximity to the pin.
At least those watching The Open in the flesh can benefit from the tournament being pushed back a day, with tickets available for just £10.
“I understand where we’re at off the course, but it doesn’t do any good thinking about that”.
He hasn’t had 7-over par next to his name at St. Andrews since he was a 19-year-old amateur, and that was the final round. Tiger Woods, once invincible on the storied Old Course, Saturday missed the cut in the 2015 British Open by seven shots.
There was a further birdie at fifteen and parred the final three holes to finish on -6 for the day and an impressive round of 66.
Dunne played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham and had to qualify for his first Open. He did enough damage over 13 holes Friday that even a couple of bogeys didn’t get him off track, and he showed in the short time he played Saturday he could handle the wind.
A recent graduate from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Dunne missed the cut on his 2014 Open debut.
United States? Jordan Spieth catches litter blowing on the 17th green during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Saturday, July 18, 2015. My coin was about to hit the ground when it took off. Then I went to mark it again and I think it took off again.