On day one at the Open Championship, no golfer put together a more impressive and unexpected round at Muirfield than India’s Shiv Kapur. He was near the top of the board with a three-under-par 68, but on day two, he is looking more like the golfer he was expected to be coming into his first major.
Four bogeys on the front nine erased all of his work from day one and put him one over par on the tournament. The back nine was slightly better for the 31-year-old, but two more bogeys putt him at six-over-par 77 on the day and on the outside looking in.
He certainly isn’t out of the tournament, but seeing as how it was a surprise that he was in it after round one, a comeback in days three and four seem even more unlikely now. He wasn’t alone dropping from the top of the board as Italian Francesco Molinari, who shot a two-under-par 69 in round one, finished with a three-over-par 74 in round two. American Jordan Spieth has had the exact same first two rounds as Molinari, and will need impressive weekend rounds to stay in the running.
For a few Americans, a country that was dominating the top of the board on day one, day two hasn’t been as kind. Mark O’Meara finished round one in second with a four-under-par 67; in round two, he added 11 to his previous day score with a seven-over-par 78. Compatriot Tom Lehman put up a six-over-par 77 in round two after finishing round one with a three-under-par 68. Another American in the top ten yesterday, Todd Hamilton, dropped to 86th with a nine over par through 16 holes, he is at risk of being cut from the tournament. Hamilton might be able to hang on for another round, but his chance at the Claret Jug is all but over. O’Meara and Lehman’s chances took a serious hit in round two.
The biggest name in the tournament, Tiger Woods, has already completed his day two work. Woods, who is trying for his first Major title since 2008, finished even on the day and remains two under par and tied for fifth. Woods shot even on both the back and front nine, with two bogeys and two birdies in the first nine followed by one bogey and one birdie on the second nine. Consistency might be what wins Woods this tournament.
Not many impressive round-two performances are in yet, but some big names have yet to tee off. Overall leader Zach Johnson is one-over-par on the day dropping him to four-under-par for the tournament, fellow American Phil Mickelson is one over on the day and is one-under-par for the tournament. England’s Lee Westwood had a great round two, shooting a three-under-par 68 to tie fifth at two under for the tournament. Miguel Jiménez finished even, and is tied for first currently at three-under-par for the tournament. And while Woods was looking to add to his score, there’s not much to complain about shooting par on the day. He is in perfect position for a weekend run at the Claret Jug.