KIRKCALDY golfer Peter Whiteford endured a difficult Open debut at Royal St George’s.
His first experience of a major started well and at one point his name featured on the leaderboard but eventually he had to settle for a solid round of 70 to leave him on level par, just five shots off the lead.
However, despite being part of the first group teeing off in the second round at 6.30 a.m. on Friday in what were favourable conditions, Whiteford found the going tough and slumped to a disappointing 75 to finish on +5 after two rounds.
And with the cut expected to be at around two shots better than that, Whiteford looked unlikely to achieve his main aim for the event which was to play in all four rounds.
DESPITE torrential rain, thunderstorms and not to mention, a couple of landslides, Kirkcaldy’s Peter Whiteford managed to put in an impressive performance at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart last weekend.
Such was the impact of the weather that play was suspended on the Friday with the event then reduced to 54 holes on Saturday due to flooding on the course and surrounding areas.
Nevertheless the Wellsgreen pro shot a first round five under par 67 which saw him sit in 6th place. He swiftly followed that with a superb second round, mixing mixed eight birdies with two bogeys for a score of 66, leaving him tied in first place with Graeme McDowell and Scott Jamieson on 11 under.
Unfortunately he wasn’t able to maintain this excellent form and carded 73 in round three which saw him slip down the leaderboard to finish 31st, 10 under.
He said: “I had two good days at Castle Stuart and one terrible day. In the final round, I really putted terribly and didn’t do anything particularly well, to be honest.
“It was just a bad day and I’ll forget about it. Sometimes you get them, don’t you?” “You can make all of the excuses that you want, but they are not going to change anything and it’s about getting it out of the system. I never got anything going with little mistakes all over the game.”
The Fifer’s good form of late sees him now sit 39th in the European Tour Order of Merit, whilst his world ranking moved up to 189.