It feels great to get into weekend action

It feels great to get into weekend action

It feels great to get into weekend action

By the time you get to read this, I would have been done with my third round, late into Saturday night Indian time.

The first two days were a massive contrast to each other in terms of conditions -- if the first was nice scoring conditions in excellent weather, the second day was almost a beast, rain, cold and windy! But then this is Scotland and this is the Open. Expect the best and worst of weather in a matter of hours.

The moving day on Saturday in any event is always a big day. It becomes all the more crucial in a Major and here we are – right at the weekend when things begin to happen.

When I finish on Friday after a round of one-over 72 to get to one-under for 36 holes, I was around the 30-32nd place, but by the time the round finished, I had risen to 22nd, just sitting in the room. The conditions were tougher as I expected after finishing the round and scoring more difficult.

I am really hoping to do well over the weekend. I love the Open -- it feels great to get into the weekend for the third time in four starts. But with two finishes at T-31 and T-30, I want to get in closer and hopefully contend.

To be honest I now feel very comfortable about playing the Majors. This is my fourth Open – the most I have played among the four Majors. And it still stays my favourite. This year I have been the least nervous – a sign that I am more comfortable at this level than before.

It’s nice to get more comfortable starting in weeks like this, knowing what is achievable from what I’ve done from Majors of the past. I feel like I play my best golf when I focus really hard during the Majors. I have had my chances of coming close even at the Majors and hopefully the final two rounds will be an evidence of that.

Honestly one good round in deep red numbers can get you close for Sunday. Sure the two guys at the top – Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson are playing great golf at 10-under and nine-under.

But coming down, three and four-under have a shot at Top-10 if not better.
So one good round on Saturday can set up things for Sunday and then as they say, anything can happen!