Dufner Watch for the British Open
JASON DUFNER AND TIGER WOODS AT THE BRITISH OPEN. (photo: USA TODAY Sports)
The British Open, or as the Brits call it, The Open, is this week and our boy ‘The Duf” is there and doing OK. Conditions are brutal, and if this weather was in the US no golfer in their right mind would hit the links. Torrential rain, cold, and wind gusts up to 40 mph are pounding the home of golf, St. Andrews. The locals embrace it with gusto, the worse the better. In their view it is REAL golf.
I have seen a scorecard from the WWII era at a British course, and it had local rules for dealing with unexploded shells, bomb craters, and abnormal loud booms during a swing. Yes, they actually still played while everything was being bombed.
Jason handled the elements pretty well and closed today’s second round with a birdie to make the cut. He will be around for the end! The leader is at 10 under, and with Jason at even par a win is unlikely unless he pulls off a miracle.
Jason’s game and ultimate patience are actually a pretty good match for this tournament. You can hit a perfect drive right down the middle at St. Andrews and wind up in a bunker with no hope of reaching the green. Mr. Laidback Dufner can just deal with it, and that is a great plus.
I am in Ohio, playing in the US Hickory Open, (yes, I still have a little game after all these years and qualified) but I will be watching as much as possible and posting updates when I can. I am hoping the Miracle in Jordan-Hare can be turned into the Miracle at St. Andrews.