Sergio Garcia, after needing police escort, sits just 4 back after Thursday at British Open

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Garcia got stuck in a traffic jam on his way to Royal St. George’s on Thursday and needed a police escort to get to the course in time for his opening round at the British Open.

When he walked off the course for the day, Garcia posted a 2-under 68 — which puts him just shots back.

“Obviously very happy with the finish,” Garcia said. “Even happier after how the morning started, where because of terrible traffic coming in, even though I left the house with plenty of time, I needed a little bit of help from a couple very nice English policemen on the bikes to get me here with only about 35, 40 minutes to tee off … We couldn't move, and thankfully they helped us a little bit and got us here in time. 

"I was able to do a very quick practice, very quick warmup, but it worked out OK because I played nicely.”

Garcia had played just eight other rounds at Royal St. George’s before Thursday, and only finished under par in one of them. He ended his day with a pair of birdies, too, to get back to par on the back nine and ensure that he got into the red.

The 11-time PGA Tour winner is just four strokes behind Louis Oosthuizen, who posted a bogey-free 64 to take the solo lead headed into Friday. Oosthuizen — along with Jordan Spieth — is now the favorite to win the major championship at +450 on BetMGM. Garcia was listed at +6600 as of Friday night.

While he knows he still has a long way to go to win the second major of his career, Garcia’s late start has him on the right track.

“It doesn’t mean that it’s going to make or not your week, but obviously if you start nicely it gives you a little bit more confidence,” Garcia said. “It gives you a little more — you relax a little bit more. I’m very excited about that.”

Sergio Garcia had broken 70 only once in his previous eight rounds at Royal St. George's, so he was particularly pleased with a 68 in the first round Thursday at the British Open. “Even though I left the house with plenty of time, I needed a little bit of help from a couple of very nice English policemen on bikes to get me here with only about 35, 40 minutes to tee off,” Garcia said. It certainly worked out better for Garcia than it did Seve Ballesteros, who claimed he was stuck in traffic on the way to Baltusrol in the 1980 U.S. Open, was late to the tee and disqualified.

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The Open 2021 LIVE: Latest updates and leaderboard

The Independent 16 July, 2021 - 07:10am

Louis Oosthuizen’s dazzling opening round of 64 sees the South African take a one-shot lead into day two, but Jordan Spieth is hot on his heels after the 2017 champion produced a fine display of his own to sit at five-under-par alongside fellow American Brian Harman. A pack of four players at -4 includes another former champion in Stewart Cink, but a host of big names are lurking -3, including Collin Morikawa, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood. Just one further back lies Dustin Johnson, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia on what promises to be a thrilling day’s play.

There’s plenty of work to be done for the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas, though. The trio are all significantly off the pace are faltering first rounds, while Phil Mickelson sits last out of all 156 players in the field after a harrowing 10-over-par first round of 80. Follow all the action from the second round below:

Morikawa holds a three-shot lead over Daniel van Totten, who carded a four-under-par 66 this morning, and overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen, who gets his round under way this afternoon.

Morikawa shot seven birdies and only carded one bogey on his round today, and was so close to equalling the course record with his birdie putt at 18.

Morikawa’s birdie putt goes wide left, so no course record for him. Still, he taps in for par to complete a superb round of 64 that sees him take a firm grip of The Open leaderboard. The American has a three-shot clubhouse lead and is -9 through 36 holes.

Morikawa’s playing partner Corey Connors has understandably flown under the radar today but finishes his round with par to card a 68 and remain at -4 overall.

Morikawa hits a wood straight down the middle of the 18th fairway and follows it up with yet another superb approach shot to take him within seven or eight feet of a 63 and a tie of the course record. The American’s iron play today has been fantastic.

That’s more like it from Fleetwood. He skids a chip to within inches of the hole at the 10th and taps in for his first birdie of the day to return to -2.

Morikawa sees a long birdie putt at the 17th stop short and the American stays at -9 heading into the final hole of his round.

McIlroy gets back to even par after making birdie at the 9th. After starting his round with opening back-to-back bogies, he’s repaired the damage and is back to where he started.

As he enters his final two holes of the day, Morikawa has the chance to make history at St Georges.

He’s a birdie away from equalling the course record of 63 at St George’s, while he also has the chance to tie Nick Faldo (1992) and Brandt Snedeker (2012) for the lowest 36-hole score in Open history.

Tommy Fleetwood drops his second shot in as many holes as he reaches the turn in 37. He tried to hit his chip shot at the 9th to the bank at the back of the green but misjudged it somewhat and was unable to get the run towards the hole. He moves to -1 after starting the day in contention at -3.

His playing partner, Adam Scott, makes it to the turn -3 for the day and is back down to even par overall.

Morikawa’s sees a chance to move back to -10 slip just wide of the hole at the 16th. His approach at the par-3 was pin-high and to within 10 or so feet, but the putt was a little too firm and skirted wide of the hole. He stays at -9 heading into the final two holes.

Tony Finau gets up and down for his par after getting into trouble with his drive on the 18th. The American is -4 heading into the weekend after carding a round of 66 today.

For all of Morikawa’s spectacular play, his driver has gone a little cold over the past 20 minutes or so. At 15, he hits his drive into the rough on the left of the fairway - his third wayward tee shot in a row - before laying up short of the green with his second at the par 4.

His chip takes him to within six feet or so, but his par putt runs wide. That’s the first blemish on his scorecard today and it takes him back to -9.

McIlroy gets up and down from the bunker for his par but that’s a missed opportunity, and he knows it. Elsewhere, Justin Thomas (E) and Tony Finau (-4) see birdie putts stop just short of the hole, while Fleetwood drops a shot at the 8th to move back to -2.

Morikawa sends his birdie putt straight into the middle of the cup to move to double figures at -10, that’s -7 for the day and the course record at St George’s is firmly in sight.

McIlroy hits his approach at the 7th into the greenside bunker, a disappointing shot given his promising position.

Jordan Spieth Is Walking In His Footsteps

The Big Lead 15 July, 2021 - 03:18pm

But these glimpses are a sight for sore eyes. Spieth, whose collision course with consistent greatness was derailed for years, has reclaimed a certain status on Tour this year one long internal and not-so-internal monologue at a time.

He won at his homestate Valero Open a week before posting third at the Masters. He's earned six Top-4 finishes and two other Top-10s. He's been in the conversation, fighting back from the periphery of what ever happened to ... thought bubbles. And he elevates it.

When Spieth is pouring in birdies and wielding his famous putter, golf is more alive. He's not a bombastic star but could one of the sport's most normal. Emotions reflect off his figure like mid-day rays, from self-deprecation to earnest scholar trying to shape the next shot. This may not pass for high-minded commentary, but it's simply excellent.

Teeing off early on Thursday, the former Open champion ripped off four straight birdies on No. 5-8 and added consecutive ones to the tally on No. 15 and No. 16. If he was on the green, he was in scoring position. Spieth bested the entire 156-player field save for Louis Oosthuizen, who did one shot better amid his own incredible streak of major leaderboard longevity.

Spieth was off-course for so long that even his biggest supporters had their moments of doubts about it ever feeling like it once did. His path seems so much clearer now. He's right in position to make an aggressive approach to the weekend. A once-familiar feeling is starting to creep back.

It's more than welcome to stay.

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