Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura will head into the weekend atop the leaderboard alongside the staff of Tony Finau and Cameron Champ. The pair of groups sit at 13-under par, however with a spherical of best-ball and a spherical of alternate shot but to be performed, it is nonetheless anybody’s match.
The in a single day leaders, Hovland and Ventura, performed a comparatively stress-free spherical of golf exterior of 1 poor shot from Hovland. An method shot from a fairway bunker on the par-4 sixteenth discovered the water, ultimately main to a double-bogey. That was the staff’s solely mistake of the day as they’d rebound and go on to shoot a spherical of 3-under 69.
Similar may very well be stated of Finau and Champ. The self-proclaimed “Team Send-It” shot a spherical of 4-under 68, which tied for the low spherical of the day with Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. They too performed a comparatively stress-free spherical of golf. Their solely blunder got here on the par-4 twelfth when Finau missed a five-footer for par. To me, that’ll be the be the most important query heading into the weekend. Will Finau and Champ proceed to make putts or will each gamers go ice chilly like we’ve got seen previously?
Behind the co-leaders are quite a few groups able to working scorching. You have the European stalwarts of Stenson and Rose at 11-under, who’ve confirmed within the Ryder Cup that they will go toe-to-toe with anybody. At 10-under is the South African tandem of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. And at 9-under are Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, who’re arguably essentially the most harmful of the chasing pack.
All in all, the match that was a complete crapshoot Thursday morning continues to be a crapshoot after two days of play. What I stated in my Round 1 recap stays to be true. It’ll be troublesome to establish a possible winner transferring ahead. Yes, our job was made a bit simpler at present having seen the groups play alternate shot, however with out Strokes Gained information we’re left with unconventional strategies.
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With loads of golf but to be performed, I feel it is sensible we forgo the outright market and as a substitute look to place bets. Only 33 groups made their manner by means of the lower, giving us an amazing alternative to choose a staff to end contained in the top-5 or top-10. With this in thoughts, I’ll be focusing on the staff of Lewis and Pieters. Being a Ryder Cup yr, motivation ought to be at an all-time excessive for these two, particularly Pieters who would in principle thrive at a course like Whistling Straits.
Sitting at 7-under for the match and having performed alternate shot in 2-under, they’re positioned properly to make a run over the weekend. Through Round 2, the duo is just 3-under on the par-5’s. That’ll actually want to enhance if they need to make a climb up the leaderboard. It’s not for lack of alternatives, the putts simply aren’t falling for Lewis and Pieters in the meanwhile.
Going by means of their shot tracker from Round 1, quite a few birdie putts inside 10-feet had been missed. The similar may very well be stated in Round 2, because the pair’s ball-striking was top-notch having hit a formidable 15 greens in regulation. I’m not asking for each putt inside 10-feet to drop, that is unrealistic. But only a slight enchancment on the greens would go a really good distance for this duo.
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