FEAST OR FAMINE: With Graeme McDowell locking up a spot on the weekend, the rest of the field is advised to look out.
The Northern Irishman and former U.S. Open champion hasn’t been a threat in either of the season’s first two majors, missing the cut. McDowell also failed to make the cut in five of the eight tournaments he’s played since the Masters _ but won all three when he made it to Sunday.
“Not like me to make a cut, so I’m pretty happy with that,” he said after shooting an even-par 71 Friday, for a two-day 146 total. “Get your money on me now. … I certainly didn’t want to be sitting at home watching this on TV this weekend.”
Despite playing links golf growing up, McDowell’s record in nine previous Open appearances hasn’t been stellar either. But he appears to be trending in the right direction. His only top-10 finish in this championship came last year at Royal Lytham, when he tied for fifth.
“This golf course is going to get nothing but tougher and tougher. If I can go out tomorrow and shoot a number about, who knows? It’s tough to see the leaders getting beyond 4 or 5 under par,” he said. “Literally anything a little under par could win at this point.”