Our second round started at 7:30 AM off the tenth hole. The hole is a reachable par 5 if you hit a good tee shot.  Ryan hit a good drive down the right and caught just a small piece of the rough which made going for the green in two tough. A layup near the green yielded a decent look at birdie, but settled for par. 

Holes 11-14 had some decent looks and a missed 5 footer for birdie on 13 kept momentum at a stand still.  Hole 15 was driveable this morning due to low wind. Ryan hit a good drive that took a bounce right away from the pin on the left side of the green. He was in good shape just short of the green in one.  Ryan mis judged the chip shot and chipped it across and over the green. His next chip was a bit firm and went back down the hill he originally chipped over.  2 putts yielded the first bogey of the day.  

A drive into the fairway bunker on 16 made an already tough hole tougher. His second shot was hit a little heavy and left him mid range yardage short of the green. His 3rd went over the green and his 4th was left 10 ft or so short of the pin. 2 putts later would mean double bogey 6 moving him to (+9) for the event with 10 holes to play. At this point it’s 99.9% unlikely we would play the weekend. From here it’s just trying to build on something for next week. 

He played solid the front 9 (his back 9) at (-1) which can yield some better scores because some of the holes play short downwind.  He ended up carding a (+2) 74 to end his tournament at (+8) total. When all was said and done it was a very interesting tournament. The Friday afternoon round was suspended until Saturday morning due to high winds moving balls on the greens.  The Saturday rounds were suspended until Sunday AM once again due to high winds.

To me, it’s hard to not think the conditions Ryan played in were the same as Friday’s suspended play and that’s tough to swallow.  It was definitely a big advantage for the other wave to play majority of their holes in benign conditions. The two tee time waves ended up being around 7 shots different due to the weather. Lots of players felt it was an extremely unfair situation to have play halted one day and not the other.  Play was actually suspended the third round and there is a chance all 72 holes won’t get finished Sunday. 

All in all the tournament site and event was well done.  I’m sure it’s a tough call for tournament officials to make and I’m sure they used their best judgement.  It’s just tough that the weather played a monumental role in a players performance during the event. Some guys are actually playing extremely well and my hat goes off to them.  All that can be done is move on and go from there. 

Stats for the week. 

Front 9 Scoring Ave – 35

Back 9 Scoring Ave – 41

Fairways 15/26 (57.7%)

GIR – 20/36 (55.5%)

Putts – 60 (30/rd)

0 Putts – 1

1 Putts – 8

3 putts – 2

Scrambling – 9/16 (56.3%)

Sand Saves – 2/3 (66.7%)

Bounce Back % – 2/10 (20%)

5 Birdies

21 Pars

8 Bogeys

1 Double Bogey

1 Triple Bogey

Prize Money – $0

Week 4 of the Web.com Tour travels to São Paulo, Brasil. We played here last year and it was a great course in my opinion. The one issue might be heavy rain so hopefully we can have Mother Nature cooperate and get a nice tournament under our belt.  Until then, keep plugging along.  





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