Chip Lutz (L) and Randy Haag (R) battled the conditions and made it to the weekend
PORTHCAWL, WALES (July 28, 2017) - In brutal weather conditions that produced more scores in the 90s than in the 60s, two amateurs managed to make the cut at the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Steady rain and winds gusting to 35 miles per hour produced a scoring average above 78. No one in the field is under par after two rounds. Five players lead at one over par.
Chip Lutz of Reading, PA grinded out a four-over 74 and moved 27 places up the leaderboard. Lutz made four birdies on the day and sits at 9-over 151 heading into the weekend.
After opening with a 73 on Thursday, Randy Haag of Orinda, CA parred his first three holes but then started leaking shots as the weather took its toll. Haag must have thought he would miss the cut after his second-round 82, but as the weather worsened throughout the afternoon the cut line kept rising, and Haag ultimately would make it right on the number at 13-over 155.
77-74--151 Chip Lutz (+9, T40)
73-82--155 Randy Haag (+13; T68)
81-81--162 Daniel Curtis (+20; MC)
79-84--163 Kevin Hastie (+21; MC)
78-86--164 Mike White (+22; MC)
79-85--164 Roger Hoit (+22; MC)
83-88--171 Jez Tomlinson (+29; MC)
79-94--173 Stephen Creed (+31; MC)
ROUND ONE RECAP
With round one in the books American amateur Randy Haag is 2-over and just four shots off the pace set by Bernhard Langer at the Senior Open Championship.
Playing at Royal Porthcawl Haag, a native of Orinda, CA, bogeyed five-times and birdied three-times and he is currently tied for 21st on what it is a very crowded leaderboard.
Haag, the record holder for the most Northern California G.A. Player-of-the-Year awards, started his day slowly with a bogey on No. 1. But The Olympic Club member rebounded quickly with a birdie on No. 2. Two bogeys and a birdie on the 6th followed as Haag turned in 1-over 37. On the back nine Haag bogeyed Nos. 10 and 14 before closing his day with a a birdie on the last.
His position on the leaderboard is far from a surprise. The Californian loves tougher courses, and at age 58 still gets it out there with players half his age. Haag was low amateur in the Senior Open Championship in 2011 and 2012, with a top 40 finish in 2011. In 2016, he finished T16 at the British Senior Amateur.
And how about this.
Haag might not have the 30 European Tour victories and multiple majors that Sir Nick Faldo, 60, has under his belt, but today he was six shots lower. Granted, Faldo spends most of his time commentating, but still. He's won the Open Championship three times.
The low amateur at the Senior Open Championship gets an invitation back the following year, and we know that Haag (who comes over each year to qualify) will have his eye on that prize on Friday.
ABOUT THE Senior British Open
The Senior British Open Championship has been
part of the European Seniors Tour since 1987
and from 2003 is included in the Champions
Tour as one of the five major world events in
senior golf. The event is jointly administered by
the European Seniors Tour and The R&A.
Previous winners include former Open
champions Gary Player, Bob Charles and Tom
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