Not Duffing Around
Rain softened Oak Hill on Thursday afternoon and Wednesday evening. Because of this I called my shot yesterday saying there would be a low round today and perhaps a 64 that would tie the course record. More rain pelted the Rochester area early Friday morning and the greens at the PGA Championship became dart boards for the best players in the world. Webb Simpson went out and played his first 15 holes in 7 under before giving one back to shoot 64 and tie the course record. It didn’t stand long.
Justin Rose made the turn on from the back nine to the front nine at 2 over for the day. Rosie got hot on his 2nd nine, silly hot, and tallied a 29 to rise up the leaderboard. The crazy low scores weren’t done yet.
After opening with a solid 68 on Thursday, Jason Dufner trailed Adam Scott and Jim Furyk by 3 shots. Teeing off in the afternoon draw on Friday, Dufner made a deuce for an eagle on his 2nd hole to kick start his record setting day.
Two more birdies on the front and Duff was out in 31 and would have a chance to set an all-time low round in major championship golf. Dufner picked off a few more birdies on the back nine to get to 7 under with a few holes to play. On the difficult 18th, he hit his approach to ten feet and gave himself a chance at history……..and left it short. Still, his play today was outstanding and the 63 ties him with 23 other golfers who’s rounds were finished in that many strokes in a major.
Still The Man To Beat
Adam Scott’s name might not still be at the top of the leaderboard at the half way point, but he’s still the guy to beat. Dufner played great, but I don’t see him running away with this by coming out Saturday with another low round. Scott is playing beautifully and making very few mistakes. Over another 36 holes I think that high level of play will eventually thrust him back into the lead and keep him there.
There are still plenty of other players that will have a say in how this championship plays out. Kuchar is just 2 back after two solid rounds. Furyk, Stricker, Stenson, and several other worthy players are one low 3rd round away from being in the Sunday hot seat.
Ta Ta Tiger
Two days gone, and ten shots out. Tiger is done. Another year will end without major number 15 for his trophy case. It’s not that surprising because we’re getting used to it. By the time the Masters begins in 2014 it will have been over 2000 days since Tiger last won a major. That’s mind blowing considering the pace he was on 5 years ago. The guy we saw at Firestone last week never made the flight from Akron to Rochester.
Is it me or did TW just not seem very interested in his round today? Perhaps his attitude changed some on the back nine to the point that he felt he finally had to force the action. His successful attempt the drive the green at 14 was the first time I thought he showed any kind of gumption that he wanted to get his shit together, then he 3 jacked it. Early in the round he took a casual swipe at a ball after a missed par putt and whacked it in the hole for his bogey. It looked odd to me and I mentally said to myself that its amazing he never misses those. At a later moment of exasperation, he nearly did.
Phil’s? No, but Phil was in the shot. During the featured group coverage on the morning of round 2 Phil and Bones were spotted talking about the pending shot when some dude in the crowd decided to cop a feel on his girlfriend’s tits. Thanks to our friends at Busted Coverage, we have the footage to show you.
That’s not quite the foreplay we saw in Charl Schwartzel’s gallery at Riviera in February, but it’s still hilarious. As for Phil, he struggled again today and shot another 71. He was wild off the tee, wild with his irons, and looked nothing like the number 2 player in the world. For all intents and purposes, Phil’s year is over now that he’s out of it for the majors. He can’t contend this weekend and I’m not sure the Fed Ex playoff are going to be enough to motivate him to play well over the next 6 tournies.