by Jeff Skinner
With the dry weather at Muirfield a few of the hole locations have come under attack by players already in the clubhouse. Phil Mickelson, still feeling the sting of a three putt at the last says the R&A should “let go of their ego” when it comes to the setup. After he signed for his two under 69 he told ESPN “I think the R&A was really worried about the scores going too low so they used some really funky pin placements. I got really lucky to play early because at least I had a fighting chance. I don’t see anyone in the afternoon with a realistic chance (of shooting 69). I thought it was a little overdone and I feel bad for these guys that have to go out and play.”
Serial Tweeter Ian Poulter tweeted his displeasure with the tough locations that are exacerbated by the unusually fast greens, “Unfortunately the guys this afternoon will struggle with a few pin positions. 8th hole is a joke, 18th needs a windmill & clown face.”
Taking a break from is international “Dufnering Tour” Jason Dufner followed Poulter’s lead and tweeted,” If u are watching the Open on TV, watch how silly the pros are looking today with pace of greens and hole locations. Kinda tough today.”
As of this writing, there is only one player from the afternoon tee times that is better than one under par, the unknown Shiv Kapur. Kapur, a native of India who graduated from Purdue University is tied with Zach Johnson at five under as he has birdied five of his first six holes.
12:45 Update: Kapur just birdied the 7th hole, taking the lead at -6.