Downpour not wet blanket for Kjeldsen

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen lining up a putt on the 13th green during the second round at Royal Troon.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen lining up a putt on the 13th green during the second round at Royal Troon.PHOTO: REUTERS

TROON • Soren Kjeldsen again showed that he is a golfer who thrives when the weather is grotty and wet, as he ignored miserable conditions to power to a three-under 68 in The Open's second round yesterday.

The 41-year-old Dane played flawlessly despite driving rain on the west coast of Scotland and winds gusting up to 25kmh.

"These conditions are what I grew up in," Kjeldsen said at Royal Troon. "I'm certainly used to playing in bad weather.

"You don't stay inside because you would miss too many days. I like playing this kind of golf, I like the battling mentality that you need."

Kjeldsen has won four times on the European Tour, his most recent victory coming in extremely windy conditions at last year's Irish Open.

"I think what helped us a little bit today was that we played the front nine, even though we played it into the wind, we played it in decent conditions," he said.

"I got into a nice rhythm and when the bad weather came, I was already in a nice rhythm. From then on, I just sort of held on."

He wore a smile as wide as the nearby Firth of Clyde after coaxing in a long, curling putt for his third birdie of the day at the par-three 17th.

The Dane said in an interview held after his opening 67 on Thursday that he felt his game was back on track after a difficult spell in June.

"The last 18 months were really good and then I played poorly at last month's US Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio," he said.

"But I turned the corner at the Scottish Open last week and now I'm feeling pretty good."

He was referring to his closing rounds of 66 and 70 that earned him a tie for 21st place in Inverness.

"I've worked harder over the last two years than I've ever worked before and it's nice that it's paying off," he said. "I feel really happy with everything now and the sky's the limit."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2016, with the headline 'Downpour not wet blanket for Kjeldsen'. Print Edition | Subscribe