The Balgownie Course at Royal Aberdeen: Greatest Players Take Hard Finish
Jul12

The Balgownie Course at Royal Aberdeen: Greatest Players Take Hard Finish

The Balgownie Course at Royal Aberdeen had some of the best players in the world in Friday’s second round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. A few players who did not make the cut were Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood. And two who made the cut were most surprised after adding up the scores first-round leader Rory McIlroy and Scotland’s own Russell Knox. (img src from Golf Week.com) Thursday, McIlroy shot a course record 7-under 64 that included eight birdies and a lone bogey. “I mean I’d be much happier standing here after shooting a couple of 71s, but that’s not the case,” McIlroy said. “It hasn’t been the case all year. I’ve got off to great starts and just fell away.” For Knox, having grown up in Scotland, that did not help during the back nine on Friday. ‘After two eagles and a birdie during the first eight holes, Knox stood on the ninth green tied for the lead at 8 under.’ ‘But the next 10 holes would see only one par, three double bogeys, three bogeys and two birdies for a 74 – finishing exactly where McIlroy stands at even par.’ Royal Aberdeen can be challenging and you must hold on during the ride, or you will fall off! “You’re under pressure on the way out to make a score and then you’re under pressure on the way home to hang onto it,” Padraig Harrington said of Royal Aberdeen. “God help you if you turn like level par or something because you ain’t getting it...

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