It could be said that day two of the Nationwide Tour’s Utah Championship was all about the continued excellences of J.J. Killeen who finished 13 under par with a one shot lead (click here for the leaderboard). And after following Killeen during Round 2 this honestly isn’t far from the truth. For the second straight day Killeen was on his game and even when mistakes were made his putter saved the day.
However, there were two big movers that seem poised to threaten the Utah Championship’s leader over the weekend. Jeff Gove (1 shot back) tied Killeen’s 62 from the first round and Darron Stiles shot a bogey free 63 to finish 4 shots off the pace. Gove finished 4th in this tournament last year and Stiles has had a mildly successful year sitting at 20th on the money list, ahead of Killeen who is currently 25th.
As for the groups that I was following yesterday unfortunately Boros, Bixler, and Kim missed the cut, while Flores, Deforest, and, as mentioned, Stiles survived to play this weekend.
The weather looks to be holding strong for Saturday (i.e. minimal chance of thunderstorms), which means warm temperatures and some ideal conditions for continued low scoring.
Here is the photoset from today’s second round. Enjoy! Continue reading
Congressional Country Club's 18th hole & Clubhouse; Photo By: Keith Allison
Thursday marks the beginning of America’s national golf championship, the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. It also marks the first time in recent memory the almighty golf prognosticators of the world have no clear cut “favorite” to win the Open. Gone is Tiger Woods who is still limping both physically and mentally through life. None of the flashy promising young guns like Rory McIlroy or Rickie Fowler have shown the ability to take their game to the next level on a consistent basis. Potential American heroes such as Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson have fallen short in recent majors, while no one seems willing to bet the farm Bubba Watson’s “Bubba Ball” nor the consistently brilliant, but boring Matt Kuchar. And heaven forbid an American prognosticator predicts any foreign player like Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, or K.J. Choi to win.
Therefore the mass media reports that the tournament is wide open and that a winner could come from anywhere in the field. Finally(!), words of wisdom coming for the golf prognosticators gallery (read my post on yearly golf predictions and you’ll understand my reaction).
Not being a believer in golf predictions here are a few tidbits to contemplate while enjoying the 111th U.S. Open (coverage begins at 10am EST on ESPN and Direct TV 701-705):
- Congressional has been home to four PGA Tour events; the Booz Allen Classic in 2005 and the AT&T National from 2007-2009. Of the players who competed in these tournaments and are playing in the U.S. Open, only Continue reading