Friday, August 03, 2012

SUDDENLY IT'S SUNNY JIM ! FURYK LEADS BY TWO AT HALFWAY IN BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

Jim Furyk, pictured, has been fairly quiet all season. But the American has come into the limelight to set a cracking pace in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club.
The man with the most unorthodox swing among the world's top players has shot 63-66 to lead by two shots on 11-under-par 129 at the end of play on the second day at Akron, Ohio.
His closest challenger is Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello with 66-65 for 131.
Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa is lying third on 132 after rounds of 67-65.
Northern Irishmen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell moved up the leaderboard, but actually lost ground on Furyk, both shooting 67s over the par-70 course. They are on 137.
Martin Laird could do no better than a two-over 72 for 140, the same halfway tally as fellow-Scot Paul Lawrie could improved by four shots with a 68. Paul had a double bogey 6 in his first round.
Tiger Woods, like Martin Laird, shot a 72 and he is on 142.
New Open champion Ernie Els, who missed the cut in last week's Canadian Open, is on 146 after a pair of uninspired 73s.
And what on earth has happened to Tom Lewis, the Walker Cup player who did so well as an amateur and in his rookie year as a pro. Rounds of 78-76 for 154 suggest that something is far wrong somewhere, probably between his ears.

HALFWAY LEADERBOARD

Par 140 (2x70)
Players from US unless stated
129 Jim Furyk 63 66
131 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 66 65
132 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 67 65
133 Jason Duffner 67 66
134 K T Kim (South Korea) 67 67
135 David Toms 65 67, Luke Donald (England) 66 69
136 Lee Slattery (England) 65 71, John Senden (Australia) 66 70, Steve Stricker 68 68, Keegan Bradley 67 69
137 Simon Dyson (England) 66 71, Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 70 67, Dustin Johnson 69 68, Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 67 70, Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland) 70 67, Carl Pettersson (Sweden) 67 70.

SELECTED SCORES
139 Bubba Watson 66 73, Justin Rose (England) 70 69, Sergio Garcia (Spain) 67 72 (T20)
140 Martin Laird (Scotland) 68 72, Paul Lawrie (Scotland) 72 68, Phil Mickelson 71 69, Lee Westwood (England) 68 72 (T28)
141 Nicolaus Colsaerts (Belgium) 73 68, Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 71 70, Jamie Donaldson (Wales) 68 73, Adam Scott (Australia) 71 70 (T35)
142 Tiger Woods 70 72 (T44)
143 Ian Poulter (England) 74 69 (T48)
146 Ernie Els (South Africa) 73 73, Danny Willett (England) 72 74 (T62)
147 Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 73 74 (T67)
148 Robert Rock (England) 76 72 (T70) 
153 Michael Hoey (Northern Ireland 78 75 (76th)

154 Tom Lewis (England) 78 76 (last of 77)


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