Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, John Rahm and Justin Rose can all lay claim to the top spot this week based on varying scenarios. He made the cut on the number (one-under 143) after a 71 in the easier morning conditions. "Hopefully give myself some more looks". "I didn't get off to the start I wanted to". I just can't physically do it.
"If I had one round with a PGA Tour golfer, it would probably be Tiger Woods".
"To play free, to have goals fresh in your mind, long-term goals, is a good position rather than week-to-week goals".
Putting has been Spieth's big problem in 2018.
"That's golf, unfortunately", Woods said. "Eventually I'm going to put all of the pieces together, and today for the most part I did that". We have got this event here, I've never won this, I would love to put this on my CV.
"He's driving it really nicely, " said Mackenzie Hughes, who played with Woods for the first time and shot 68. He ended up making par each time.
Spieth pushed his tee shot at the finishing hole into the right rough. "It's so hot, it's playing short, the greens are receptive".
Those miscues were huge for Woods. This moved him to 1 over for the round. Ultimately, 1 under made it, meaning he will be around for the weekend, unlike the other members in his high-voltage threesome, Rickie Fowler (1 over) and Phil Mickelson (8 over).
But disaster struck at the famous par-3 17th. It barely missed the rake, which would have kept it in play, and plopped into the murky lagoon. He was so upset he dropped his ball and whacked it into the water on a hop.
He needed just 12 putts through the first nine holes and jumped all the way up to a tie for 11th at 7-under as he carded a 30 at the turn. I know it's a long shot for me to win out here, but I still think there's one in there somewhere. His win in the Wells Fargo Championship last weekend came with a final-round 69 in which he hit the ball poorly but continually scrambled out of trouble. That's what led him to hire Justin Parson. I want to be out here, but it's fun to win.
"He's definitely played a role in some of my thinking and what I should be doing", Stricker said. Just the wrong club.. I still feel like I should be playing out here.
Since 1983, Mark Herrmann has covered Brookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton on the news side, and high schools, the Islanders, the Mets and golf for Newsday sports.
Schwartzel never came close to a bogey, only missing two greens, and just barely.
Simpson found his birdie streak from the 11th hole nearly amusing.
Woods at least fared better than four-times major champion Rory McIlroy (74), who found the water for a double-bogey at the 17th and missed the cut by two strokes. So might have caught a gust.
"I thought it was actually going to go across the front side of the hole and you hit chips like that a lot, or not a lot, but when you do it's rare that they go in". That was past year, and he had to close with a 68 to finish that high.
"I usually don't bring Col into tournaments, only because I typically like to work with him before events", Day said.
"I'm just trying to get comfortable with my putter".
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