If you wanted carnage at a golf tournament, then you got your wish. The first two days of our national golf championship had plenty of heartbreak and heartfelt guffaws, bringing the world's best to their knees. But a few escaped with little loss of blood, and that includes a couple who matriculated in the Classic City.
After an opening 71, Kevin Kisner shot a 68 Friday to move into a tie for 19th. Chris Kirk also shot an opening 70, and came back in the 2nd round with a 73 (and moved the cut line to +4 and screwed some guys). He's tied for 35th.
On the bad side, Erik Compton shot 76-74 and missed the cut. Joining him in their Uber car to the airport is Brendon Todd, who shot 78-75. They're both about 7 shots north of the cut line. Brian Harman shot 78 and missed the cut. Bubba Watson followed his opening 70 with a 77 and is 3 on the bad side of the cut line. Lee McCoy shot another 74 and missed the cut by 4. And cutting into my heart is that Russell Henley shot 5 over par on the start of his last nine, and missed the cut easily.
Now that the cut of top 70 players and ties is made, the golf will start later in the day Saturday. And in case you didn't notice, playing in Washington State means that they're playing more in prime time for those of you on the Eastern Seaboard. So kick back after an afternoon in the sun and watch some Georgia Bulldog professional golfers tee it up in the toughest test in golf.
Chris Kirk is playing with Brad Fritsch (a Canadian) and they tee off at 1:59 pm ET. And Kevin Kisner is, for the moment, playing with Jason Day, and they put the peg in the ground at 4:55 pm ET. I say "for the moment" because Day experienced a bout of dizziness which put him on the ground just as he was finishing his 18th hole. A scary sight, and it is recurring vertigo-like symptoms. So I'm not positive he will be playing - I'll update in the comments as news warrants.
Fox Sports owns the broadcast rights to USGA events, so you get more Joe Buck, but not quite enough Holly Sonders (be careful if you google her name). But she'll be appearing with the brand new Fox golf team from 2:00pm - 10:00 pm Eastern on the main Fox channel (no Fox Sports 1 or anything, just plain ol' Fox).
You might get some spoiler alerts, so view the comments at your own peril. But post what you're seeing and who you're rooting for down below. And Go 'Dawgs!!!