(Image courtesy ukgolfguy.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour.com)
In short, this is a
good great week to be a Buckeye golfer. See below…
(Updated to reflect weekend results)
Ryan had a very good tournament, finishing T-4th, but failed to make the top 125 in FedEx Cup points. His four round score of 263 (-17) was really a well played event.
Coming off a near course record on Friday (61!), Saturday’s play was a bit choppy, bolstering the adage that it’s tough to play consecutive low rounds. His front nine 35 (E) was an adventure with 3 bogeys, a birdie and an eagle. His back nine 37 (+2) had a birdie, a bogey and a double bogey sandwiched between 3 pars at either end. Saturday’s 72 (+2) pushed him from tied for first place to 11th place.
Ryan bounced back on Sunday with a front nine of 31 (-4) that was highlighted by consecutive birdies on holes # 6 – #8. His back nine of 33 (-2) featured 3 birdies, but a bogey on his final hole. Ryan closed out his PGA season with a final round 64 (-6).
Despite not making the top 125, a lot of players didn’t, this was a great tournament for Ryan. He played well, received some recognition and should use this weekend as a basis to make a jump in the 2018 season. He has made a tremendous improvement in 2017 from 2016. I’d suggest that you ‘buy’ Ryan Armour Futures…
Ryan Armour is at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC this week. Good thing he decided to tee it up; after two rounds, Ryan is leading the tournament. His score of 127 (-13) has tied him with Webb Simpson after 36 holes.
Ryan began first round play with 2 birdies on his front nine to make the turn at -2. Three birdies and one bogey on his back nine wrapped up his day with a 66 (-4), good for T-18th place.
That proved to be a warm-up for Friday’s 2nd round. His 9 birdie performance got him off the course with a 61 (-9) which was 1 stroke off the course record. Ryan had 5 birdies on his opening nine holes (#10 – #18) to make the turn at 30. Things seemed to level off as Ryan opened his back nine with 4 straight pars. He went “unconscious” over the next hour by recording four consecutive birdies.
Ryan came into this tournament ranked #187 in the FedEx Cup and really had to make something happen to move into the top 125 to qualify for the FedEx playoffs beginning next week. His Friday round has Ryan projected to finish in 75th place, well inside the top 125.
Bo put together weekend rounds of 69-69 to shoot sub-70 in all for rounds. His score of 274 (-10) placed Bo in T-23 place, another solid tournament for him.
On Saturday’s round, Bo tooled around the course with 3 birdies and a bogey to shoot a 69 (-2). Steady play, staying out of trouble helps the score. And the bank account.
On Sunday, things were a bit more adventuresome as Bo had 5 birdies and 3 bogeys for another 69 (-2). As long as the score nets out to something in the 60’s, it probably doesn’t matter how you go about it.
Bo Hoag is at the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, TN this week. The 2nd round has been suspended due to darkness, but Bo appears to be is pretty good shape to see weekend play. With two holes to play, he sits at -5 to par, placing him in T-28th place.
Bo had a solid first round by shooting a 67 (-4). He had an interesting start by birdieing his first three holes, bogeyed #4 then birdied #5. He pretty much played for an hour and a half before recording his first par. Bo made the turn at -3, birdied #10 then parred the next eight holes into the clubhouse.
Bo began his 2nd round on hole #10 with a birdie, made the turn at -1 and sate -1 for the round through 16 holes of play.
Tee-K had a good weekend as he finished his tournament with a score of 286 (-2) which placed him in T-11th.
On Saturday’s round, he made the turn at -1, stumbled a bit with two mid-round bogeys, then birdied holes #15 – #17 to finish his back nine at -1 for a round of 70 (-2). So far, so good.
On Sunday, he picked up where he left off with a front nine of -1. After pars on #10 – #11, things went to hell for him. Over the closing seven holes, Tee-k did manage a birdie and a par, but four bogeys and a double bogey proved to be a round-wrecker. Still, a T-11 finish is a good tourney.
Tee-K Kelly is back on the LatinoAmerica Tour this week at the Abierto de Paraguay-Copa NEC tournament. Tee-K finished his first two rounds in T-9th place with a score of 140 (-4).
Tee-K began his first round on hole #10 with a par, bogeyed #14, his 5th hole, then closed out his opening nine birdie-birdie to make the turn a -1. He gave the stroke back with a bogey on his 10th hole, then went -3 on the back nine to finish with a 69 (-3).
Tee-K’s second round had him making the turn at +1 (2 bogeys, 1 birdie) then shooting -2 on his back nine to close out the round with a 71 (-1).
I’ll get in some golf mid-week. I may get to practice range to work on irons today or Tuesday. Things are looking up; the iron game hasn’t completely gone to hell, but I can see the River Styx from here. I also plan to take time to catch the solar eclipse today.
Bo Hoag is at the WinCo Foods Portland Open this coming weekend.
In non-golf news, you may have already seen (if you haven’t, you should) JC’s article on the beginning of OSU women’s volleyball.
Also, OSU men’s soccer begins this weekend. Yes, I’ll be covering their exploits.