The four UGA alums in the field had vastly different experiences on Thursday in the most Royal and Ancient of major tournaments.
Kevin Kisner carded a respectable 70 (-1) at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland in the first major played on the course in 68 years. That leaves him tied for 20th, four strokes behind leader J.B. Holmes headed into day two.
Bubba Watson’s 72 (+1) Land’s him in a tie for 54th, but still well-positioned to play the weekend and finish with another strong major performance. He’s joined at one over by fellow ‘Dawg Brian Harman, who could use a solid finish this weekend.
Finally, Keith Mitchell struggled a wee bit with the old links of County Antrim, notching a four over par 75, which ties him for 113th, squarely on the wrong side of the cut line heading into Friday. He’ll need to play some excellent golf to see the weekend from inside the ropes.
All in all, it appears that the University of Georgia should once again have at least a player or two on your television screen this weekend. Kisner eagled the par 5 second, but also turned in a double bogey on the ninth and a trio of bogeys on the back nine. If he can find a little more consistency and stay out of the worst of the weather-induced trouble, he may be in line for a nice paycheck. Television coverage continues beginning at 1:30 am eastern and running through the afternoon on the Golf Channel.