Higher fortunate than good at U.S. Newbie? Feels that method
BANDON, Ore. – If Bandon Dunes is taken into account as near true hyperlinks golf because it will get within the U.S., then stroke play on the 120th U.S. Newbie would possibly as properly be half an Open Championship.
The luck of the draw has actually been an enormous issue.
With a smaller area this yr, right down to 264 gamers, all rivals teed off the primary tees at Bandon Dunes and stroke-play co-host Bandon Path. This induced 60 gamers to obtain two beginning instances earlier than midday PT whereas 4 teams drew the quick straw with tee instances of 10:51 a.m. and, gulp, 3:04 p.m.
“I understand how lucky I’m to get these tee instances,” mentioned LSU senior Philip Barbaree, who completed 36 holes at even par. “Anytime you could have two morning tee instances, you completely have the most effective of the most effective. I didn’t know that coming right here, however as quickly as I performed my first apply spherical, I knew I had a very good draw.”
Whereas the 2 programs have been related in scoring common on Monday –Bandon Trails performed barely harder at 75.6 whereas Bandon Dunes was 75.58 – the disparity between the primary half of the tee sheet and the second was stark: the morning performed greater than four-and-a-half photographs simpler than the afternoon.
And of the 42 gamers who broke par in Spherical 1, 28 of them performed within the morning “wave.”
Barbaree mentioned he’s heard from a number of not-so-lucky gamers, although nobody’s punched him within the arm but.
“No, however I’m certain they’re pondering it,” Barbaree joked.
Texas Tech’s Andy Lopez has heard some griping, as properly, however he tried not to consider how “fortunate” he bought.
“I do not essentially give it some thought like that, I’ve simply bought to play the golf course the best way it’s,” Lopez mentioned, “and nonetheless windy it’s you have to settle for that and simply battle it out.”
Lopez, who went out in Tuesday’s first group at Bandon Dunes, fired a 1-under 71 and can simply make match play at Three underneath. Barbaree’s taking part in competitor Carson Lundall of BYU additionally completed at Three underneath after a second-round 71.
Additionally doubtless making match play will probably be Auburn’s Andrew Kozan, who fired a 3-under 68 within the third group off Bandon Trails, and England’s John Gough, who was within the first group at Trails and shot 71. Each are 2 underneath.
A gaggle behind Gough was Ohio State’s Elis Svard, who held on for a 69 at Trails to complete at 1 over. Instructed afterward by a USGA official that his probabilities of avoiding a playoff for the Spherical of 64 have been good.
“I’ll take your phrase for it,” he mentioned, “and go residence and pray.”