We had weather at Royal Birkdale Friday, but it actually was better than forecasted. The wind wasn’t horrible though it did blow in fits and spurts, and even with rain most of the day, the heavy stuff only came down for a little while. It was heavy, not quite Biblical, but heavy enough to give the field a backhand slap across the ego.
Alluded to earlier, 39 players broke par Thursday with a dozen more shooting even par. This is from a total field of 156 golfers. Friday was a wee different: only about 7 rounds under par and only another 10 or so at even.
Sixteen players made the cut on the number at +5 cumulative, which means a total of 78 golfers will play the weekend. Thankfully 3 of those will be Bulldogs.
Brian Harman was the lone UGA casualty of unfortunate golf. He shot 6 over par on his first 10 holes, but quickly righted the ship and was on the cut line after a birdie at 15. But bogey on 17 and double bogey on 18 doomed his chances.
Bubba Watson’s 2nd round included 5 birdies. It also included 3 bogeys and 2 double-bogeys. That would constitute “Bubba golf” - hit it long and hope you find it. He’s now tied for 11th at even par overall, and his tee time Saturday is 9:55 am ET (2:55 pm local).
Kevin Kisner was a tale of 2 nines... 5 over par on the front to be on the cut line, and 4 under par on the back to move up to a tie for 20th. Kiz will start his 3rd Round at 9:10 am ET (2:10 pm local).
Russell Henley was Steady Eddie after an even par front nine as the weather worsened, then birdied 10, double-bogeyed 11, birdied 12 and 16, and bogeyed 17. He ends up with another even par 70. Same score as Thursday, but Friday’s 70 moves him up 29 spots to a tie for 11th. He will put peg to ground Saturday at 9:35 am ET (2:35 pm local).
You may be lurking various websites
Rebeling reveling in the Ole Miss misery, but there are still DGD’s competing in a prestigious tournament in Jolly Ol’ England. Check out Golf Channel from 4:30-7 am ET Saturday morning, and NBC from 7am-3pm ET and root on these blokes.
And as always...