Jason Day retains a strong chance of completing what would be one of the more astonishing major championship victories in recent times, with the Australian part of a four-way 54-hole lead at the US Open.
The latest endorsement of Jordan Spieth’s major credentials arrived parallel to another lamentable exit by Tiger Woods. While the former will undeniably be a force in this sport for a long time to come, evidence pointing towards a Woods return is increasingly difficult to glean.
Unfortunately one of the abiding images of the 115th US Open will not involve holed putts or a trophy presentation.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, two shining beacons in an otherwise dismal Ryder Cup showing by the United States at Gleneagles last September, will head into the third round of the US Open as the joint leaders at Chambers Bay.
It was not quite like the 1990s when sub-70 scores in major championships were routine more than exceptional. But for a 51-year old Colin Montgomerie shooting 69 in the opening round of the 115th US Open was clearly something to be proud of.
For Tiger Woods, the saddest aspect of an opening round of 80 at the US Open is the lack of eyebrows that will be raised on account of it.
Legend warns to beware the injured golfer. Perhaps the same applies to caddies.
Justin Rose’s US Open win at the lush Merion two years ago may seem insignificant at Chambers Bay, where the second major of 2015 will be played in links conditions.
Rory McIlroy returns to the US Open with a tale of three majors. His Open Championship victory at Royal Liverpool last July is pertinent in respect of Chambers Bay, given it endorsed an ability to win on a links venue.
Golf tends to supply a steady stream of prodigies and at the US Open this week at Chambers Bay another teenager breaks through to the big time.
It looked pertinent in more ways than one that Sir Alex Ferguson took to a London stage alongside the bulk of Europe’s latest, victorious Ryder Cup team last week.
There are two sure signs to look for when a golfer is succumbing to the pressure of a big occasion.
Justin Rose may feel St Andrews owes him one, even though he does not quite admit that Open Championships at the home of golf are his bogey events.
Zach Johnson may not have been many people’s choice to win this longest of Open Championships yet, as the sun finally shone on the Old Course and the tears began to flow, he ended it as the humble champion that warmed many hearts.
Late on Saturday morning, a little before lunch, a barman carried three cases of champagne in through the back door of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse by the back of the 1st tee. It was, after all, shaping up to be a long afternoon, and so only sensible to lay in some fresh supplies for the members.
Billy Horschel has expressed regret after letting frustrations get the better of him at the US Open to the extent he stopped narrowly short of embedding his putter into a green.
The notion that Tom Watson would readily accept this, the 144th Open Championship, as his final appearance in the event is at odds with his character. Watson may be widely portrayed as a cuddly 65-year-old but he has always been one of his sport’s hardest characters.
The Royal & Ancient has defended its handling of the Open Championship, despite fierce criticism from players and a planned Monday finish for the first time since 1988.
When pressed on the reason for an unwavering belief that he can retrieve his career from such a low competitive ebb, Tiger Woods has a stock answer. “I have done this before.”
Sergio García believes British crowds at the Open are the best in the world and criticised those spectators elsewhere who make noise against players to put them off.
Andrew Johnston made bogey at the Postage Stamp after finding one of the bunkers on the right of the green and made his way to the 9th, low-fiving the crowd on either side of the walkway as he climbed the approach to the tee and keeping his spirits up, but the Englishman knew his moment had slipped away.
When Jordan Spieth was tapping in at the 18th after leaving yet another birdie putt short to end his tournament at 2pm, the overnight leaders were still completing their final preparations and about to head out to dispute ownership of the Claret Jug for another year.
Henrik Stenson spoke of the inner belief that he would win the 145th Open Championship, with the Swede dedicating the Claret Jug to a late friend after claiming his first major in stunning fashion.