Friday, March 13, 2015

US PGA Tour report and scores



Londoner Brian Davis tumbled out of the lead in the second round of the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbour, Florida .. and Adam Scott missed his first cut since 2012 ... one of five Major winners now on the sidelines at Innisbrook.
Davis followed up his first-round 65 with a 76 for 141 and has dropped to T27, the same mark as Martin Laird who had a second-round 72,
New leader is veteran Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge on 136 with rounds of 67 and 69.
There are five players in joint second place, a shot behind on 137 and another four on 138, including Ian Poulter.
Russell Knox, who started at the ninth still has to complete his round after a first-day 69.
The big names among those who missed the cut at 143 were
Padraig Harrington, a winner last week, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Ernie Els - all of them Major winners.


Low scores didn’t come easy on a windy Friday at Innisbrook, but with 36 holes in the books, Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson sit just one shot behind a veteran Zimbabwean, Brendon de Jonge, who is chasing his first US PGA Tour victory at the Valspar:
What it means: In case the pressure of trying to win his first PGA Tour event wasn't enough for de Jonge, thanks to a late Friday push from Spieth and Stenson, he will have to try and hang on to his lead with two guys in the OWGR top 10 breathing down his neck. 
Also in the mix is Ian Poulter, who is certainly eager for a shot at redemption after collapsing at the Honda two weeks ago, and Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champ. De Jonge also doesn't exactly have history on his side as no 36-hole leader has gone on to win at Innisbrook since 2006.
Round of the day: Spieth put an exclamation point on his 4-under 67 with a 17-foot birdie putt from off the green at 18 and closed the gap between himself and the lead to one in the process. The 21-year-old phenom equaled the low round of the day with seven birdies to three bogeys as heavy wind gusts took really low scores completely out of play.
Best of the rest: De Jonge, who played in the early wave, birdied two of his final three holes to finish his second-round 69, then sat around as no one could successfully wrestle the lead away from him.  Ernst had the best chance, but the 24-year old Californian bogeyed three of his final five holes to fall into the group one behind at 5 under.
Biggest disappointment: After racing out ahead of the pack with a first-round 65, Brian Davis came back to down to Earth on Friday, bogeying five straight holes at one point en route to a 5-over 76. He enters Day 3 six shots off the lead.
World No. 4 Adam Scott also had a Friday to forget, carding a 4-over 75 to miss the cut by three shots, ending the PGA Tour’s longest consecutive made cuts streak at 45. It was Scott’s first missed cut since the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Shot of the day: While it didn’t move him inside the cut line, Jonathan Byrd will always have the memory of his hole-in-one on the 211-yard 15th hole at Innisbrook.
 Byrd’s ace comes on the heels of last week’s two holes-in-one in a half hour at Doral, and was the first at the Copperhead Course since 2004.
Biggest storyline going into Moving Day: He’s been close, most notably at last year’s Masters, but Jordan Spieth hasn’t won an official PGA Tour event since the 2013 John Deere Classic. Sure, the budding American star added Australian Open and World Challenge titles to his resume late in 2014, but it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of being part of a weekend mix with Augusta right around the corner, especially with the likes of Stenson, Poulter, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar in the mix.

players from USA unless stated
Par 142 (2x71)
136 Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabweab=n) 67 69
137 Jordan Spieth 70 67, Ryan Moore 69 68, Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 67 70, Derek Ernst 67 70, Kevin Streelman 68 69
138 Ricky Barnes 66 72, Ian Poulter (England) 68 70, Sean O'Hair 66 72, Lucas Glover 69 69.

140 Luke Donald (England) 72 68 (T15)
141 Brian Davis (England) 65 76, Martin Laird (Scotland) 67 72 (T27).
+Russell Knox still has to complete his second round.

MISSED THE CUT (143 and better qualified)
145 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 72 73, Jamie Donaldson (Wales) 70 75
146 Justin Rose (England) 74 72, Adam  Scott (Australia) 71 75, Ernie Els (S Africa) 69 77
147 Louis Oosthuizen (S Africa) 75 72
148 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 76 72





Post a Comment

<< Home

Copyright © Colin Farquharson

If you can't find what you are looking for.... please check the Archive List or search this site with Google