Ian Ladyman's Open all hours: Hope for us all as Romero and Jimenez fluff their lines
21:30 GMT, 17 July 2012
Given how frustrating and difficult this game is, it's reassuring to know that even the very best can make fools of themselves.
Early contenders for worst shot of the week here include Argentine Andres Romero who hit two drives 50 yards straight left into a bush on the 13th on Monday and dear old Miguel Angel Jimenez, who shanked a bunker shot straight right into another trap on the 16th.
Making his point: The Spaniard encountered trouble on the 16th
When it rains…
The Open wouldn't take place without hordes of volunteers. Pity them as the rain teemed down yesterday as not only are they not allowed to use umbrellas but the blue jackets given to them by the organisers here are not even waterproof.
At least they were allowed home one hour early as most of the players had abandoned the course. If you see one, say thanks.
Sign this please
We reported how Lancashire lad Matthew Baldwin was taking souvenir photos on his way round the course. Well the former England Boys captain was at it again yesterday, taking a yellow '18th' flag from his bag and asking practice partners Lee Westwood and Keegan Bradley to sign it. Roles could be reversed in future years as Baldwin is said to be a serious talent.
Autograph hunter: Baldwin practiced with Westwood on Tuesday
Thumbs up for..
Big Spaniard Alvaro Quiros who thrilled the crowds by becoming the first player this week to thump his drive all the way through the green at the 336-yard 16th hole.
For those wondering, the car park made famous by Seve Ballesteros in 1979 is now a catering area. Anyone hitting it over there will be playing their second from in between the burger vans.
Thumbs down for…
The hordes of swing gurus, mind coaches and Bible salesmen (I made the last one up) who like to huddle round the players as they do their stuff on the driving range at these tournaments. Stand back please, chaps, the paying public can't see a darned thing.
Anyone for pizza: Ishikawa enjoyed a takeaway on Tuesday
Sight of the day on the range yesterday, by the way, was Ryo Ishikawa and pals sitting on the grass eating takeaway pizza.
Quote of the day
'Rory McIlroy said he shot minus four on the back nine in practice. If he keeps that up, he certainly will be in the hunt next week.'
The Open's official Twitter feed gets its days mixed up.