Both Kirk Triplett and Kenny Perry are both -11 under going into the weekend and not hold the record for the lowest 36-hole scores in US Senior Open History. If that does not show you how times have changed consider this, in the 2001 Open at Salem Country Club, only Isao Aoki had a score under par after 36 holes. In the 2017 version, there are 43. That is both an enditement on how good play is right now and how the USGA has gone soft.
There is no doubt that the Champions Tour is stocked full of Legends, even more so than before. So many of these players, even at advanced ages compete certain weeks on the PGA Tour. Some not only compete, but they do so at a very high level.
There are still 24 players that have to finish because of a weather delay this afternoon. That weather delay will allow the course to become even more manageable for this group. With slower more receptive greens on Thursday, the players were throwing darts and draining long putts. Today, there were less players going low and that was because of the firmer greens. With the weather this afternoon though, that all changes and we could go back to -7 under par rounds.
The cut line right now is projected to be at 1 over par which would also be a record.
Last years champion Gene Sauers will miss the cut this year after struggling through his first 36.
Then there is the Ageless wonders Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman both trying to be the oldest players to win an Open.
Both Couples and Lehman are tied at -7 under, while Langer is sitting at -8 under.
Tom Watson, with his -2 under par opening 36, scored two more rounds in the 60’s which means he now trails only Hale Irwin for total rounds in the 60’s in US Open History. In order to sneak up on Irwin, Watson Had to pass up Jack Nicklaus which he did at this year’s event.
The weekend should prove to be entertaining albeit with untraditional US Open results regardless if it is a Senior version or the PGA Version. The recent direction of the USGA is making what was MUST SEE TV and turning it into Run of the Mill Professional Golf. Yes these guys are good no doubts, but the USGA has turned it’s back completely on tradition and oh what a shame that is.