Steve Marino drains a birdie putt in Round 2 .
At last week's John Deere Classic, Pro V1x loyalist Steve Marino did his best to focus on his play on the TPC Deer Run golf course without becoming overly distracted. No easy feat, given the steady trickle of news that his name was creeping up the alternate list for The Open Championship. After Phil Mickelson formally withdrew from The Open, Marino became 1st alternate. Since there was no guarantee that the last couple of Open spots would be filled (granted to those players who were about to finish in the top 5 at either John Deere or The Barclays Scottish Open, and who would not otherwise have qualified), he decided to take his chances, signing up for the charter flight leaving from John Deere and heading to Turnberry.
As it turns out, no one qualified from Loch Lomond. The one qualifier from John Deere, Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Quigley
, encountered travel complications and had to decline his invitation.
Marino had his own travel troubles. He didn't have his passport so he had to fly his father to his home in Florida to retrieve it. His father then FedEx'd it back to Steve at John Deere. On Sunday, Japan's Shingo Katayama withdrew from the Open, opening up a spot for Marino. He joined the rest of the players heading to Scotland without ever having set foot in Great Britain, without ever having played a single round of links golf.
And yet, after two rounds, Steve Marino finds himself at the top of the leaderboard. Bob Harig of ESPN spoke with Steve about his amazing first two days.
to hear Steve Marino's post-round interview from Friday.