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The Open 2010: Steven Tiley suffers rude Open awakening

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at St Andrews

Steven Tiley
Tiley only just made the cut

Kent pro Steven Tiley had a rude awakening on the Old Course when he resumed his interrupted second round at St Andrews on Saturday morning.

After going to sleep at six under, tied for third, the wheels came off as Tiley dropped seven shots in eight holes to card a 79 and almost miss the cut.

"That's golf," Tiley told BBC Sport. "When it goes, there's no stopping it.

Tiley recovered when he went off three hours later for his third round to shoot 73 and stand on two over.

But it was the early morning hangover section of his second round which left him understandably feeling down.

"A couple of three putts come in and suddenly I couldn't stop making bogeys, however hard I tried," added Tiley.

"I just couldn't make par on the back nine.

"Everything went well on the first day and I was very good tactically, plotting my way round.

"But, with this championship, you know there's always going to be one side of the draw that's unfavourable, and I got it."

Any athlete fears that they're not going to live up to expectations. It's how you put it to one side

Steven Tiley

Tiley, seasoned in links golf from his years playing Royal Cinque Ports and its neighbouring courses on the Kent coast, admitted that Friday's late start, exacerbated by the mid-afternoon suspension as a result of high winds, did not help.

"I had three hours' sleep," he said. "I did not get back to the place where I was staying until a quarter to 11 then after I'd had something to eat, and a bit of tossing and turning, I was up again for a four o'clock alarm call.

"And then the courtesy car that I had ordered never turned up."

Having enjoyed a bogey-free first round 66, Tiley looked well placed for a fantastic dream Open weekend after holding his nerve superbly to stay level par for his first 10 holes on the second day at windswept St Andrews.

Playing in the last group, the qualifier showed great character to answer a bogey five at the fourth with a birdie four at the next, then rattled off five more pars before play ended at 2145 BST.

But it was a different story when he resumed, on the uncut, wet early morning greens, he twice three-putted, the first time to run up a double bogey five at the short 11th.

And, once the rot had set in, he could not stop it as he bogeyed 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17, where his approach ended up against the wall, eventually making the third round by just two shots on one over.

"You always fear that," he said. "Any athlete fears that they're not going to live up to expectations. It's how you put it to one side.

"I always had it at the back of my mind that there were a lot more people than I'm used to playing in front if, the TV cameras are there and when, it goes out of control, it escalates.

"When it gets you this course, it really gets you. Even Tiger Woods suffered yesterday and look at Rory McIlroy.

"But I need to go back to enjoying it. And I didn't enjoy those last eight holes this morning, to be honest."

After his early morning efforts, Tiley was back at on the course for round three, little more than three hours later at 1050 BST, in the company of Japanese pro Hirofumi Miyasi.

And he was a lot tidier, birdieing 2 and 5, as well as dropping a shot at the fourth, to reach the turn in one-under 35 to return to level par for the championship.

He then suffered a double bogey six a the 13th coming home before another shot went at 16.

But, having seen how it could be done by his morning playing partner Tom Whitehouse, Tiley then responded by becoming one of the few players this week to birdie 17.

"I'm very pleased with that," he said. "That's something to take from the week. Tom didn't show me how it could be done, but he did show me that it was capable of being done."

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