Open Blog: Rodgers living a dream

Fri 18 Jul 2014

Open Blog: Rodgers living a dream

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Hoylake, England, July 18: Asian Tour member Chris Rodgers, who qualified for his maiden Open appearance, shot a second round of one-under-par 71 to safely make the halfway cut with his even par 144 total at Royal Liverpool on Friday. This is his blog from Hoylake.
By Chris Rodgers
Clearly delighted, it hasn’t sunk in yet. The course was playing difficult, very bouncy and very fiery. It imposes different sets of problems compared to what I’m used to playing in Asia. But clearly delighted and looking forward to the weekend.
I’m well known for straight hitting so I’m good off the tee. I’m happy to hit driver on a few holes here while the others are plodding with irons. But it’s just managing yourself on this course. You have to land the ball short of the green most of the time. I enjoy that.
My dad is a member of a links golf course here and I’ve had the chance to practice some quirky golf. It’s good fun and I played with some nice guys today and we were encouraging each other.
It has been an enjoyable experience. Not many people get this opportunity. I’ve played in big events before ... the Singapore Open was one of the biggest events we had and I’ve played with high-end players and with lots of galleries, so I don’t get too worried about people around.
That’s fun and it’s nice to interact with fans and kids who want to see good golf and they want players to interact with them. It’s a unique feeling.  It’s a unique feeling playing with a half packed grandstand but we look forward to the full Monty on Sunday.
I just want to keep it in play. The rough is growing every day and the forecast is rain and just more of the same over the weekend and to keep smiling!
I asked my dad if he would caddie for me. He is 71 and still plays off 12 but he thought it might be a bit stressful for him to be on the bag.
You get who you get in the third round. I have no control. You could be playing with Tiger or with a few other qualifiers. We’ll just go out to have a good time. You interact with your partners on the tee and fairways but we’re here to do a job.
We’re staying at rented home in Market street. We booked it for the week as they gave us a good deal. As a pro golfer, you’re not here to make up the numbers. It’s nice to say I’m here to make the cut but you do want to play well. That’s my job.
I’m glad to have made the cut and I’ll try my best to move up the board. Being inside the ropes and living it, I’m very proud with the week. Since I started playing golf, I always watched the British Open and the Masters but the Open, you can qualify for it.