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Ryan Armour had a brief sojourn in Napa, CA at the Safeway Open Thursday and Friday. The cut line was 143 (-1). Unfortunately, Ryan had a score of 144 (E) to just miss the cut.
On Thursday, Ryan registered 2 birdies and 2 bogeys to card an even par 72 in his opening round. Ryan averaged 287 yards off the tee, hitting fairways at 57%. A good average distance and a slightly substandard accuracy. He hit 72% of the greens in regulation, a good performance, but Strokes Gained Putting was a not-too-good -1.16. He averaged 1.92 putts per Green in Regulation (GIR).
Ryan’s Friday round, at least on the surface, was a replay of Thursday’s round – an even par 72. His front nine didn’t go well for him; after 8 holes, Ryan was +4. A birdie on hole #9 brought him to +3 at the turn. That seemed to get him going, as Ryan followed with birdies on holes #10, #12 and #15 for a back nine of 33 (-3). Unfortunately, he fell 1 stroke short of qualifying for weekend play.
In Ryan’s previous tournament recap, I thought that Ryan’s putting could have been sharper. The same, to an extent, held try at Napa. Entering this tournament, Ryan averaged a so-so 1.80 putts per GIR. At the Safeway, it was 1.92. Since he hit 25 greens in regulation, if he’d attained his average he would have had 45 putts for GIR. Since he didn’t, he took 48 putts. Those three putts would have kept Ryan around for the weekend.
He did hit his season average of 69% GIR for the event, so accuracy didn’t appear to be that much of an issue this week. Of course, if the approach shots were closer to the pin, that might make putting more efficient, too. Meanwhile, it’s back to the putting green for Ryan.
I’m sure that just missing the cut is disappointing to Ryan. Hopefully touring and sampling some of the Napa Valley wineries will ease some of the disappointment.
I managed to get in two rounds of “late season” golf this past week. The greens are still healing from the aeration plugging, so we’re working on game improvement. I’ve had a full summer to identify flaws; it’s quite a list. Hopefully some of these wrinkles get ironed out.
I have an upcoming round Sunday morning at Ivy Ridge, again. I’ll pretty sure the front nine will go better this week then last time I played the course.