TROON, Scotland — It wasn’t precisely what Zach Johnson had in thoughts for defence of his 2015 Open title. He shot 71 Sunday at Royal Troon to complete one-under-par for the week, simply outdoors the highest 10.
“I felt like I got here again and gave it my greatest. I’m actually happy with that. The leaders are 15-plus photographs forward of me too, so … it could be an ideal match with out them,” he stated, smiling.
“That being stated, you’re speaking about two stalwarts of the sport and two guys that basically know the right way to management their golf ball, so I’m not that shocked to see that.”
The complete Monty Troon homebrew Colin Montgomerie was first off the tee to open the Open, and first off the tee for the ultimate spherical. The latter was not precisely an honour, that means he was lifeless final after 54 holes, however he was in good humour anyway for a person who shot 76 enjoying with Troon’s head skilled as a marker.
“I’ve been the chief within the clubhouse once more, second time this week,” Monty joked. “As a result of I did win my first sport. So if every part goes actually badly, you by no means know … they are saying it’s not completed till the final putt’s holed.”
Montgomerie stated he’s been preventing a pull to the left in his photographs, as a result of his ordinary fade isn’t occurring.
“I’ve been talking to Butch Harmon within the Sky studio once we’re not on air, and he’s been giving me the odd lesson, which is tremendous and one thing to work on. However you’ll be able to’t actually work it on the market. It’s too late. You’ve received to convey your sport to a golf course of this stature,” he stated.
“I’ve received to practise the following three days earlier than (the British Senior Open at) Carnoustie,” he stated. “I imply, of all programs to go and should play, you realize. My God.”
Carnoustie, for many who don’t know, is taken into account by some to be the toughest golf course the professionals ever play.
Simply one other Day There wasn’t something to rejoice right here, however the subsequent two weeks there might be for world No. 1 Jason Day. He’s the defending champion of the following two tournaments, the RBC Canadian Open, which begins Thursday, and the PGA Championship. “I’m pumped to get again to some 90-degree climate (in Oakville), don’t should put on three or 4 layers on every single day,” Day stated after ending his Open week 1 over par. “The greens are going to be very fast, so as soon as I get in tonight, I’ll have a very good relaxation and get into that. However clearly the PGA is the primary time I’ve ever defended a significant championship. Enthusiastic about that, but in addition excited to defend Canada as effectively.”
Bonus spherical Steve Stricker had no concept he’d certified for subsequent yr’s Masters together with his fourth-place end till somebody advised him within the media tent.
“I used to be simply attempting to complete as excessive as I might. Simply to maintain plugging away and no matter occurs, occurs. I received FedExCup factors I used to be , and world rating factors. There’s quite a bit on the road for me as we speak to do effectively. Numerous spinoffs. That’s the beauty of enjoying golf out right here professionally. There are a number of carrots dangling. If you’re enjoying effectively, you’re rewarded and also you get to do some fairly cool issues.”
His last spherical 68 would have been 66 if he hadn’t made double bogey on the par-3 17th.
“I’m just a little disillusioned the way in which I chopped up 17, however all in all when you would have advised me heading into the week I’d have a official probability to complete within the high 5, I don’t know if I’d have believed you.”