Brendan Steele had the bad luck to draw an early tee time on Friday, requiring him to play round two of The Open in rain and wind. Shortly after he finished play the rain and wind quit, making for lower scores for the afternoon players.
The native Idyllwilder’s drives found only 53 percent of the fairways Friday, while averaging only 290 yards, and he hit only 61 percent of the greens in regulation, needing 33 putts.
So, in the wind and rain, Brendan could manage only a 5-over-par 76 on Friday, after Thursday’s 3-under-par 68. But he made the 36-hole cut with a stroke to spare.
This will be Brendan’s first time in weekend play at The Open. He goes into the third round eight shots off the lead. Saturday he’ll tee off at 3:20 a.m. PDT, playing with Australian Cameron Smith.