1. Webb Simpson (-12): He has earned more than six (!!) strokes with his putter on Friday, which is slightly concerning because it is completely unsustainable. However, it has a number of things in its favour. His ball to strike has been good for a disconcerting first round of the Charles Schwab the Challenge of the last week, and this course could not fit him perfectly. He can concentrate on what he does best-iron play and short game — and try to keep away from an impressive group of players, just behind him.
T2. Bryson DeChambeau, Corey Conners (-11): On the other side of the coin, this is not a course that should suit the Bryson very well, but it is to destroy it. DeChambeau is first in the pipe, fourth from tee to green and sixth on approach shots. Honestly, I wonder if we are looking for someone to make the jump from a level two player in the upper crust of golf right now.
Q4. Ryan Palmer, Matthew Fitzpatrick (-10): Palmer is losing strokes on the field with his putter and is always in the top five on this ranking. He has one bogey in 36 holes and is no. 2 in the field from tee to green. It will probably be taken on the weekend, but if the putter is hot, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them steal one here.
T6. Abraham Ancer Brooks Koepka, Matthew NeSmith, Jonattan Vegas, Ian Poulter (-9): Koepka! The ball striking is back! It is rinse, this week, in a sense it has not, since the end of last season and the follow-up of the knee procedure he had done in the fall. I would like to see and Bryson go at it, Sunday, after their little kerfuffle little less than a year.
T11. Dustin Johnson (-8): D. J. swing looked much better today than it has for some time now we have seen him (the exhibition of charity match and last week at Colonial). The stats tell a similar story. He is second in the line and the top 10 from tee to green. Just like Koepka, he has had a bumpy past nine months. It is odd that the two find click into place at the Port of the City (of all the tracks, but I’m happy for the start-up of two of the most enjoyable golfers to watch in the game.
T28. Jordan Spieth (-6): Spieth had three birdies and two bogeys, which is the most normal of the channel, I remember him playing all year. The good news is that he hits well enough this week. He is fourth on the approach shots and the top 20 from tee to green. But the putter is on the ice, and it does not seem possible to put all the aspects in the same tournament.
T45. Rory McIlroy (-5): He pulled a nice little 65 on Friday to make the cut. While he will probably make a little noise this weekend, it is likely that he has dug himself too deep of a hole on Thursday with his 1-over 72 to really recover and win the tournament. Still, “has nothing to lose in these early mornings of weekend tours” Rory might be my favorite version of all.
More dishes to take away
- This course is ideal because it produces a stylistically diverse classification. It is short and tight and a bit nuanced, and we see a lot of different types of players at the top of the board. This is a very good thing if you are really into golf.
- Difficult missed cuts to Rickie Fowler, Sungjae Im and Hideki Matsuyama. Fowler has been a little chaotic so far this season, as he is working on swing changes, but I was expecting better weeks of all three.
- Collin Morikawa rallied late to keep his streak of never having missed a cut as a professional in the life just a week after losing in the playoffs. It is 22 in a row, and he’s chasing Tiger Woods ‘ brand name of 25 right. It is incredibly good, and I can’t wait to see for the next 20 years on the PGA Tour.
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