For the 3rd year in a row the weekend at this event hasn’t happened for us. It’s hard to explain why because the golf course produces very low numbers. I feel like each year there have been enough opportunities based on the scores these guys shoot. This course since we have played here has produced very low scores and this year was no different. The cut came at (-6) which is very low. The leader through two rounds was at (-18). You could play some solid golf this week and be putting the clubs away early.
We opened round two by hitting the first tee shot in the water left off the tee. It’s a definite birdie hole so making bogey is tough to take, especially on a course where you need to make birdies. Ryan hit a decent drive on the second hole right down the middle of the fairway. To our surprise it had mud on the top of the ball to a pin where you need to be precise. We hoped it would go pretty straight because the mud looked neutral. It went right to where you really can’t miss it and had an ok lie and some green to work with. Ryan couldn’t get it up and down and moved to (+2) for the round.
Couldn’t get anything going until our 6th hole when Ryan hit a nice 30 yard bunker shot to about 4 feet for birdie. He hit hit a nice driver and 3 wood into the next par 5. He had a longer putt for eagle and ran it some 10-12 feet by. He missed the comeback putt for a par. It felt like a bogey because most players are making 4. Our 9th hole produced another bogey to make the turn at (-1) for the event.
At this point we need to shoot (-5) on our last 9 just to see the weekend. It’s not a spot you want to be in at anytime but we were. Ryan hit a great 40 yard shot to about a foot on his 11th hole to make birdie. The next hole left our first two shots 50 yards from the pin on the par 5. It’s a relatively straightforward shot for the pros. We had a good landing spot but just flew the ball a bit to far and went just over the back in the rough. The chip shot came out like a dud and missed the par putt for bogey 6. He bounced back on the next hole hitting 8 iron to a couple of feet for birdie. We couldn’t rally and finished with all pars to shoot (+1) 72 for his second round.
We ended up missing the cut by four shots. I’d say all parts of the game weren’t sharp at the right times. It’s not far off. Ryan led putting two events ago and driving accuracy last week. His iron play is always really good, so it’s just a matter of syncing them up a bit better.
Stats for the week :
Fairways : 18/28
GIR : 25/36
Putts : 60
1 Putts – 13
3 Putts – 1
Up and Down : 5/10
Sand Save % – 1/1
Bounce Back % – 1/5
Birdies – 7
Pars – 24
Bogeys – 7
Next week we head to TPC Stonebrae just outside of San Francisco. This course is very wide open spacing wise as shown below. From a caddy perspective it’s quite a mountain side golf course and a very tough walk.