With the last 14 Majors having been won by 13 different players has the top echelon of golf ever been so open?
Phil Mickelson said earlier this week probably 130 of the 156-strong field could win the Claret Jug.
And his words now ring truer than ever. With just seven shots separating the field going into the weekend, everyone who made the cut has a genuine, realistic chance of glory. Particularly with the bad weather set to hit Kent at some point on Saturday, all it takes is someone to shoot 66 on Saturday to put themselves in the mix.
Royal St George's has picked up a number of high-profile casualties and half of the world's top 10 will be watching events from their armchairs: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Nick Watney and Matt Kuchar.
When the three most recent number ones in the world of tennis rock up for a tournament
it is a pretty safe bet that Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be there
at the finish and highly likely that one of them will lift the trophy.
When it comes to golf, however, it literally is a whole different ball game.
True links golf expands even more the variables involved in playing a golf course
compared to playing on a 78 feet x 27 feet court.
But how many times have you heard various well-known touring pros say "golf is 90 per cent
Certainly co-leader Darren Clarke who thanks to a meeting with Bob Rotella, the eminent
American sports psychologist, is now in a great position to break his Major duck.
Clarke said: "I haven't seen him for quite some time and was able to catch up with him
because my ball-striking and tee-to-green stuff has been very good, very solid. But the
putter has been cold. He knows me inside out."
Clarke at 42 knows he is running out of chances - only 33 Majors dating back to the 1860
Open have been won by a player in his 40s - and for the €18,426,990 he has earned on
the European Tour, a career without a Major would not be a reflection of his talent.
Of course that is a tag that will forever afflict the man third on that all-time European Tour money list, Colin Montgomerie.
And one place above him is Westwood, who suffered the crippling disappointment of being one of those big names to miss the cut.
Now 38, the Englishman is edging towards the age when winning Majors becomes a notable
Moment of the day: The leaders were upstaged by 61-year-old Tom Watson, who had yet another Open memory to savour after holing his tee shot to the 169-yard par-three sixth. The American's four-iron approach was always right on line and bounced once before plummeting directly into the hole to spark a massive roar from the large gallery.
Come back in 2022: Watson is not the oldest player to record a hole-in-one in the Open however. Gene Sarazen was 71 when he aced the famous Postage Stamp at Troon in 1973.
31 years on: It was his 15th career hole-in-one and the second one in a Major. Watson also aced the fourth hole in the first round of the US Open in 1980 at Baltusrol.
Blunder of the day: Mark James has come in for ridicule on Twitter after an insensitive quip about Northern Ireland's troubles. The BBC were forced to apologise after he suggested that, given the country's golfing purple patch, "maybe they [the Northern Irish] will stop fighting each other".
Crock of the day: Double US Open champion Retief Goosen pulled because of a back injury following a six-over-par 76 in the opening round.