Greg Norman Seeks to Compete in British Open; Cantlay-Schauffele Duo Lead Zurich Classic
Two-time British Open winner Greg Norman is looking to return in the 150th edition of the event. It will take place at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland in July. The former world number one is now 67 years old. He plans to come out of retirement and play in a major tournament. Norman has been inactive for several years now and the last time he competed in a major was in 2009. Due to his inactivity, it will be difficult for him to gain a qualifying spot in the Open. Unless, he requests a rare special exemption, given he is over the cutoff age of 60 for former champions.
‘Great White Shark’ Optimism
Hugely popular in his prime, the Australian is also known as “Great White Shark” in the golf circles. He took part in the 27 British Opens, winning in 1986 and 1993. Norman also posted 10 top-10 finishes in the tournament. He is optimistic that he can still compete and he loves the course. Norman’s possible entry to the British Open will need some convincing from the organizers. However, seeing him play golf at St. Andrews will be big news. It will be the first time in 13 years that he will compete in the major tournament. His entry into the British Open will not affect online betting picks as he is expected to just play and enjoy the first two rounds of the event.
Cantlay-Schauffele Duo Still Up in Zurich Classic
Reigning FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele combined for a four-under par 68 in the second-round foursomes of the US Professional Golfers Association Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Cantlay and Schauffele has five birdies and one bogey at the TPC Avondale to stay ahead of the pack. This is one day after they shot a sizzling 59 in the fourball first round.
Two teams shared second on 128 with England’s Aaron Rai and American David Lipsky carding a second-round 67. Also, Americans Doc Redman and Sam Ryder posted a 67. In joint fourth at 129 are the team of Wyndham Clark and Cameron Tringale, who carded a 67 and South Africans Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace, who posted a 65.
Jay Haas, 68, became the oldest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour event as he and his son Bill finished on the cut-line of 8-under. Jay Haas rolled in a five-foot par-saving putt on 18 to keep them at that score. He broke the record for oldest player to make a cut held by Sam Snead, who was 67 when he made his last cut in 1979.
If vast championship experience is concerned, the Cantlay-Schauffele duo are favored to secure the title in the team event, according to PGA golf betting oddsmakers who provide a guide for bettors to win their picks. However, there are still two rounds of golf remaining so it’s anybody’s ballgame. A possible rally by several teams six or seven shots off the pace could change the scenario and make the game interesting up to the end.