Christo Greyling of South Africa, Ty Tryon's high school teammate in Florida, was one of the more compelling stories in the Open before he even got here. He and Tryon both qualified together, 10 years after their promising high school careers ended and sent them onto rough paths. Greyling has overcome a rare illness that derailed his golf game and depression that occurred after the illness. He qualified for the Open 20 months after his father committed suicide.
He has had an eventful week here. Greyling was preparing for a 3-foot birdie putt when the horn ended second-round play Friday night. He was one shot off the projected cut line. He came back Saturday, made his putt and made par on the last hole to get to 4 over par and into the third round, in which he shot 75.
Fellow first-timer Adam Hadwin of Canada was one shot off the cut line when he returned Saturday, in Greyling's group. He drove into the rough and nailed a wedge close enough for a tap-in to earn his way to the third round. When a Canadian TV reporter noted that his tap-in stroke was pretty quick, Hadwin said it was because his hand was shaking so much. He shot 73 Saturday.
On the other hand, Nick O'Hern of Australia missed his birdie putt early Saturday and went home. Americans Jesse Hutchins and John Ellis both bogeyed their last holes and fell out of the Open. Among those who had missed the cut before darkness halted play Friday were Adam Scott (5 over), who had Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams on his bag, and Tryon (15 over), who never has done much after qualifying for the PGA Tour at 17.