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Open Championship: Days Two and Three    Share

18 July 2010

Day 2:  The storyline of the day was the weather as it wrecked havoc on the players.  The wind was so strong that at one point in the day play was suspended because the damn golf ball wouldn’t sit still on the green.  At the end of the day, an obscure South African, Louis Oosthuizen (pronounced Wuhst-hy-zen) was on top of the leaderboard. 

Now on to the big names:

Tiger Woods:  Non factor.  Shot 1 over par 73

Phil Mickelson:  Same as above

John Daly:  Came out sporting pink pants and shot a girl like 76, ten strokes higher than round 1

Day 3:  Louis Oosthuizen led from start to finish on a relatively boring golf day.  It was so boring that if you tuned in to watch the Open Championship, you would find plenty of empty bleachers and sparse galleries.  Apparently the Scots had something better do to yesterday (like actually play golf instead of watching it).  The storylines going into the final round is that for the first time in a billion years, an American will not be in contention and that a Brit will not win the Open continuing a decade plus drought of hoisting the Claret Jug (the trophy for the winner of the Open Championship).

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Ace:  Another word for a hole in one (the golfer is able to put the ball in the cup in one shot).

Approach:  A shot that occurs for a golfer after a tee shot and before a chip or put.  Essentially, it is a long to middle distance shot to get the ball within striking distance of the green where the cup is.

Chip:  A shot used to hit the ball a short distance so the golfer can transition from swinging clubs to using a putter to roll the ball into the hole.

Dogleg:  A hole that significantly curves between the tee box and the hole.  The name comes from the shape of the hole which resembles a dog leg.

Drive:  A shot used to hit the ball a long distance from the tee box.

Handicap:  The average score an amateur golfer gets over 18 holes.  For instance, a 6 handicap would usually shoot a 78 on a course that was a par 72.

Links:  Another word for a golf course.  Origins were early courses that were by the seaside, thus holes linked land and sandy soil.

Par:  The number of shots that it should take a skilled golfer to complete each hole, and in turn the entire course.
PGA:  Professional Golfers Association—the league that contains the world’s best golfers. St Andrews is a par 72 course.

Pitch:  See Chip above.

USGA:  United States Golf Association, the body that sets the rules for professional and amateur golf.

Majors: US Open, the Masters, PGA Championship, British Open.