The British Open 2010 leaderboard looked lopsided before today. Since the leaderboard was controlled by two men, the British Open appeared devoid of drama. Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey had separated themselves from the pack, with Oosthuizen separated from Casey. If that was to change, someone other than Oosthuizen had to make a big charge, to make the chase for the Claret Jug suspenseful. Yet halfway through the end, the British Open 2010 leaderboard still looks practically the same.
Casey went up to second because of a huge front nine on Saturday. He needed another big string of early birdies to catch Oosthuizen, but they did not come. In fact, Casey lost a stroke with an early bogey, as Oosthuizen kept making par.
The British Open 2010 leaderboard had Oosthuizen up by five most of the morning. Some drama finally came at the eighth, as Casey finally got a birdie and Oosthuizen bogeyed. But with the lead down to three, Oosthuizen attacked the ninth and got an eagle out of it.
Heading into the back nine, Oosthuizen was -16, with Casey at -12, which is still the same after 11 holes. Just like yesterday, the 2010 Open has these two far above everyone else. No one else has made a move, as the other contenders are reduced to making a string of pars.
Like Oosthuizen and Casey, everyone else on the British Open leaderboard has stayed about even so far. That has been bad news for Lee Westwood, Retief Goosen and Henrik Stenson, who needed a hot start to have any hopes. Casey is four shots back of the lead, but four ahead of everyone else.
A select few have done better, but they were too far back already. Alvaro Quiros and Rickie Fowler have the low rounds of the day at -5, which the leaders needed to get a lot more. Rory McIlory is -3 thus far, as he could have three rounds in the 60’s, to sandwich his 80 on Friday.
At this point, it will take a collapse or two for anyone to threaten Oosthuizen and Casey. The British Open 2010 leaderboard looks to stay a two-man race, as it did yesterday. But in fact, it has been a one man race since early Friday, when Oosthuizen first took control.
Casey has done far better on the front nine than on the back in this tournament, so he may have lost his best chance. The eagle on nine could be the final nail in the coffin, unless the South African finally succumbs to pressure.
If Oosthuizen was going to collapse from the British Open 2010 leaderboard, most thought it would happen yesterday. Yet since he remains in control at the final nine, such a collapse may look fairly unlikely now.
ESPN- “The Open Championship Leaderboard”