Archive for June 5th, 2009

The Memorial Tournament round 2

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The course played tougher today and emerging as co-leaders were Jonathon Byrd and Jim Furyk who stand at 7 under par 137. Byrd put forth a really nice effort today shooting a 4 under par 68, while Furyk shot a 2 under par 70. At T3 are Mike Weir and Mark Wilson, Weirsy shot a 3 under par 69 today and Wilson shot a 2 under par 70, they are both 1 shot back at 138, 6 strokes under par. Ryuji Imada and Matt Bettencourt are T5 2 strokes back at 139, shooting 3 and 4 under par respectively today. Ten golfers are T7 to round out the top ten, those being: Steve Marino, Rod Pampling, Ernie Els, Stewart Cink, Chris DeMarco, Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Luke Donald and Davis Love III. The T7 contingent are all 3 strokes back at 140.

The cut was set at 4 over par, all those at T71 or better. Some of the players not playing the weekend are Vijay Singh, Carl Pettersson, Jesper Parnevik, Fredrick Jacobson, Mark Calcavecchia, John Mallinger, Padraig Harrington, Danny Lee, J.B. Holmes, Aaron Baddely and Adam Scott. Withdrawing were Sean O’Hair, Billy Andrade and Scott Percy.

Stats are as follows: Scoring average Jonathon Byrd at 68.5, field average is 73.49, Driving Distance led by Dustin Johnson at 314.8 while the field is averaging 285 yards, Driving Accuracy Kevin Na with 92.86% and the field is at 72.54%, Greens in Regulation led by Ernie Els at 77.78% with the field average at 58.81%, Jonathon Byrd also led in Scrambling at 100% while the field average was 50.66%, Putts per Round it was Steve Lowery with 24 and the field average at 28.88.

The toughest hole was a tie between 10 and 18, while the easiest hole was the 7th. I was particularly impressed with the post round interviews of Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Mike Weir. Weirsy and Furyk are two guys who rarely beat themselves and tend to be steady Eddy on the golf course. Some might consider that a conservative approach but consistency is what pays off on the golf course. Speaking of consistency TW has hit more fairways in this tournament than he has in awhile, he’s only missed 3 in 36 holes, his problems today was trying to be too aggressive. Shooting a 74 was his highest round since the US Open in 2007, and he is still only 6 strokes out of the lead. His mood was positive when interviewed, the course is playing tough which was the biggest conservation of the day and I believe he will rebound, not saying he will win but you can never count him out either. Nice to see Ernie turn in a fine couple of rounds, he has only been in the top ten twice this year and he played the first two rounds with Tiger which is always going to be a circus with the gallery and the media. Losing the playoff at Colonial hasn’t seemed to bother Steve Marino, a name you don’t hear a lot but if you watch golf it is someone you are aware of has he turns in a pretty steady performance week in and week out.

The Golf Channel is reporting TW’s knee is not 100%, I say quit beating a dead horse. It may never be 100% again let it go.

Sources: PGATour.com and the Golf Channel
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