Along for Webb Simpson at 18, the 2012 US Open champion is gaining a staggering 65. He is the club’s new leader at -1, which is worth it at this early stage. Meanwhile, Tiger continues to walk slowly home. He just needs two pairs to avoid round 80, and his nerves start rattling. He sends a blow on the shortened 17th in the sand from the green side, and then almost runs away into the roll. The ball just clings to the outskirts, from where it leaves its 20-foot bird attempt a couple of feet short, long enough for its knees to click. However, there is a blow, and everyone in the Southern Hills is hoping that the 15-time top winner will soon sign up at 79. Golf can be fascinating and fascinating in a variety of ways. Like I said, very, very, very, very, very weird game.
Sensational scenes at 12! This week Kramer Hiccak will make his major championship debut. The 30-year-old from Dallas shot a pair of 71 to easily make the cut, but finding his second shot included in the bunker from the green side at 12, already three for his round, may have wondered why he was worried. His attempt to splash hit his lip, bounced to his foot, and then was left in the deep footprint he had left. A huge mountain of sand behind his sword. All he can do is try to punch him and see if his ball comes out. This is not the case, and almost rolls back over the mountain. But luckily he runs an inch past, allowing a clean slap on the sand wedge number three. You already know what’s next, don’t you? Yes, right away. The crowd is going wild, his partner John Rum is smiling and a congratulatory punch, and golf is really a very, very, very, very, very amazing game. Just a scarecrow for Hicko, which slips to +5, but will always remember this wonderful farcical fun. Kramer’s namesake Cosmo couldn’t have done it better.
Another birdie for Webb Simpson! He enjoys a much shorter 17th, sending his tee into a bunker on the green bank, from which he nearly knocks out. He turns red at -1 per week, and the nominal score in the latter will give him a sign of 65.
A decent start for Ryan Fox. The 35-year-old Kiwi showed 1 and 4 to move to -2 in the tournament. Fox has no records in major competitions, but if he can just keep his position in the leaderboard for the next 32 holes, then in the top ten he will finish. Meanwhile, Masters 2018 champion Patrick Reed, who has been silent for a while but this week demonstrated a flash of his old self, opens the birdie and joins Fox at -2.
However, the Tiger is not the only one fighting today. Low scores are indeed very important now, and the vast majority of first starts are now above par in their rounds. There’s certainly not much in the way of a dramatic upward momentum. But some of the first newcomers give the field some hope. Sebastian Munoz and Rikuya Hoshina with a throw to 69, and Lucas Glover – 68. The most surprising thing is that the 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson impresses with the trend; he’s four less than his round today to 16, thanks to a bird-eagle-bird run through holes 12, 13 and 14. The Eagle, on the second par-5, resulted in a hole of 80 yards. So, you know, we’ve given great conditions, but it can be done. The Simpsons are an equal level for the tournament.
… so, having just said it all, the Tiger rides in a 30-foot slinger from right to left at 15 for his first bird of the day! He paints an imaginary figure with chalk, and then allows a cheeky smile of self-humiliation to spread across his face. He is +12, and if he can just compare the way home, he avoids publishing scores in the 80s.
In 1996, when Tiger Woods became a professional, half-leader Will Zalataris was 12 days old. The living legend on the marvelous managed to live the weekend on one and a half legs, but the old bones today are a little squeaky in the cold. Today, Tiger played 14 holes, and he completed his round by ten, the biggest spot on his map being the triple hole on the third 6th, which found water from the tee. He’s +13 now, and while it’s humiliating to watch a great man wander around, it all helps his recovery as he seeks to rebuild and seriously compete in St. Andrews for the 150th Open.
Some best news for the chase with low scores. The PGA has moved at times on the 13th pair-five and on the 17th pair-four, today the holes are much shorter. Yesterday the 13th was a mammoth 636 yards; now only 531. Meanwhile the 17th has been cut from 370 yards to 296. That should satisfy the always Tyrell Hutton, who said earlier this week: “I think PGA and USGA seem to be fighting a bit for who got the longest golf course and who has the longest steam-3. It would be nice for them to be a little more creative before setting up the course, rather than just trying to make the duration harder all the time. that we play in the big championship, not in the monthly medals.You know they gurgle everywhere.It’s so hard to punch patts.So you can deal a great kick and they just don’t look like they go that hard to accept when we play in major championship “. More fireworks later today, maybe!
The first big story of Moving Day? Weather change. Today it is much colder, the temperature drops to about 12-13 degrees Celsius. There may also be several showers. Not only that, the direction of the wind turned around his face; now it goes from the north, winds 12 to 18 miles per hour with gusts up to 30, and the course differs accordingly. The southern hills were also well soaked last night, so with less rolling the result won’t be particularly low. Again, few loudly predicted yesterday’s 63, 64 and 65 points, even if the wind dropped in the afternoon, so you never know if someone will pull anything out of the bag. Let’s see.
Moving day! This is what the top of the leaderboard looked like after 36 holes …
-4: Anser, McIlroy, Riley
-3: Fitzpatyk, Zinc
-2: Young, Burns, Smith, Kuchar, Hatan, Kirk, Woodland
-1: Na, Reed, Homa, Wisberger, Neiman, Guch
… here is a selected list of players who missed the cut …
Scotty Scheffler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantley, Harry Higgs, Daniel Berger, Matthew Wolfe, Corey Connors, Christian Besudenhout, Ian Poulter, Branden Grace, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Henry Stanson, Lee Westie, Chely Beewood and John Westwood Sean Michael, E. E. Ian, Padreig Harrington, Martin Kaimer and Jason Dafner.
… and here it is today (all BST). This is included!
13.37: Brian Harman
13.46: Lucas Glover, Sebastian Munoz
13.55: Cam Davis, Roaring Hosin
14.04: Patan Kizzir, Hideki Matsuyama
14.13: Maverick McNealy, Luke Liszt
14.22: Keith Mitchell, Charles Schwarzel
14.31: Louis Osthausen, Billy Horschel
14.40: Colin Morikova, Web Simpson
14.49: Xi Wu Kim, Adam Hadwin
14.58: Tiger Woods, Sean Norris
15.07: Troy Merritt, Kevin Stillman
15.16: Zep Straka, Adam Shank
15.25: Jason Day, Russell Henley
15.34: Justin Harding, Mark Leishman
15.43: Brendan Steele, Lori Kanter
15.52: Thomas Peters, Francesco Malinari
16.10: John Ram, Kramer Hiccup
16.19: Keegan Bradley, Harold Warner III
16.28: Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak
16.37: K. H. Key, Shane Lowry
16.46: Justin Rose, Lanta Griffin
16.55: Danny McCarthy, Jordan Spit
April 17: Xander Schaufele, Tony Finn
17.13: Aaron Wise, Robert McIntyre
17.22: Tommy Fleetwood, Lucas Herbert
17.31: Ryan Fox, Ricky Fowler
17.40: Bo Hosler, Tom Hoge
17.49: Audrey Arnaus, Victor Howland
17.58: Cameron Tringale, Seamus Power
18.07: Patrick Reed, Kevin Na
18.16: Bernd Wisberger, Max Homa
18.25: Talor Guch, Joaquin Neiman
18.34: Sam Burns, Gary Woodland
18.43: Cameron Smith, Cameron Young
18.52: Tyrell Hutton, Matt Kuchar
19.10: Stuart Zinc, Chris Kirk
19.20: Davis Riley, Matt Fitzpatyk
19.30: Rory McIlroy, Abraham Anser
19.40: Justin Thomas, Buba Watson
19.50: Will Zalataris, Mitu Pereira