Phil Mickelson can go ahead and fire up that Gulf Stream for his flight to the UK and the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes. He can do this because he missed the cut at the Greenbrier Classic. In case Mickelson is in need of a traveling companion, also missing the cut was Tiger Woods. After winning at Congressional Country Club in his previous start, Woods never got into gear at the Greenbrier Classic. While Tiger made a great attempt to make the cut by coming in with three birdies, bogeys at 10 and 11 sealed his fate. Now he too can focus on the upcoming British Open. Even with this missed cut Woods will likely remain the betting favorite.
In the first round one of the stories for me was the stellar play of Vijay Singh and Jeff Maggert, two veterans of the PGA Tour. While the round of the day belonged to Charlie Beljan, who shot a stellar round of 8-under par 62, the story of round two for me was the play of Tom Watson. Watson is a veteran not only of the PGA Tour but also of many years on the Champions Tour.
Watson came out of the gate strong making birdies on three of his first five holes. After a bogey at number six he quickly came back and birdied number seven to get back to 3-under par for the round. From there Watson came home with all pars except for a bogey at 13.
As the golf professional emeritus at the Greenbrier Watson has a little more playing experience at the Old White TPC than most of his competitors on the PGA Tour. However, there is no getting over the fact that at nearly 63 years of age Watson is literally beating guys half his age. To me that is quite impressive. Here's hoping that Watson can keep it going into the weekend and also make a good showing at the British Open in two weeks time.
Tom Watson was not the only veteran golfer to make the cut at the Greenbrier Classic. Some of the other older players hanging around for the weekend include John Daly, Kenny Perry, Billy Mayfair, Maggert and Singh.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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