(Image courtesy todaysgolfer-co-uk, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica) 

PGA Tour

Ryan Armour is spending the week, and it looks like the weekend,  in Jackson, MS.  He’s there for the Sanderson Farms Championship, in case you were wondering. After two rounds, Ryan is in 1st place by one stroke after rounds of 66-68-134 (-10).

Ryan jumped out to a multi-player tie after the first round with a very well played opening round of 66 (-6). He began Thursday round play with birdies on his first two holes (that’s a pretty good start), three-putted his way to a bogey on #4, then birdied two of his closing five holes to make the turn at 33 (-3).

On his back nine, Ryan was even par after four holes, then birdied three of his closing five holes, including #17 and #18 to book an opening round 66 (-6). That’s an extremely fast start. Good for Ryan.

On Friday’s second round, Ryan began ply on the back nine (holes #10 – #18). Again, Ryan was even par through three holes. At that point he lost consciousness and birdied four consecutive holes to make the turn at 32 (-4).

The closing nine flattened out a bit for Ryan. He started his closing nine with five consecutive pars then threw in a birdie and a bogey in his closing holes to walk off the course with a 68 (-4).

Interestingly, Ryan drove the ball further in the 2nd round, but hit more fairways in the 1st round which led to far more greens-in-regulation in the 1st round. Thus, the lower 1st round score. Yes, it helps to hit the ball a long way, but precision in shot-making is critical to good scoring.

PGA Latinoamérica Tour

Tee-K Kelly is back in the swing of things at the Roberto De Vicenzo Punta del Este Open Copa NEC in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Tee-k will stick around for the weekend after his two rounds (69-68-137, -3) have him in a tie for 16th place. The projected cut is +1 with several players still on the course at the time I’m composing this. Tee-K may shift up or down a spot by the time Friday’s round ends, but he’ll still be comfortably inside the cut line.

Thursday’s opening round was – adventuresome. His front nine consisted of three birdies, three pars, two bogeys and a double bogey. He made the turn at 36 (+1) and was probably looking for some sanity on the back nine.

His back nine was very sane since Tee-K shot a 33 (-2) to get to the clubhouse in 69 (-1).  His closing nine consisted of 7 pars and 2 birdies, which was pretty much driven by precise ball striking with his mid-irons. His two birdies came on 166 yard and 176 yard par 3s.

In Friday’s round, Tee-K bogeyed the 242 yard par-3 (that is a long, long par 3) 3rd hole, then birdied 4 of his next 6 holes to make the turn at 32 (-3). His back nine was more mundane with 8 pars and a bogey to finish with a 68 (-2).

Local Golf – Old School’ish

Golf season is winding down in Western NY, at least for me.  Tuesday was a relatively nice day, so off to the course I went toting my old clubs – Hogan Apex II irons and Hogan laminated (actual) wood driver and fairway woods. In short, the scoring was brutal – I think had shot a 90. Actually, the iron play wasn’t that bad once I’d re-calibrated yardage distance between the Apex II’s and my current High CT’s.  The issue was with the woods and it was two-fold. First, the old club heads are much smaller than my current set, so guessing the correct tee height was pretty much a failure for me. The other issue was that the old club shafts are Stiff flex while my current set is Medium flex. Thirty years ago I could have enough swing speed to use the Stiff shaft. Tuesday, 30 years later, I couldn’t. After each tee shot, I picked up my tee and walked to the right to find my ball.

I communicated my round to a couple family members/friends, and the responses, in general were:

  • “I can’t imagine swinging stiff shafts”
  • You were using stiff shafts?!”

I guess some things you just need to get out of your system.

Friday was sunny but cool (low 50’s when I played in the morning) and I used my current set (Nicklaus High CT). My score was much better than Tuesday; amazing what a difference it makes by getting decent distance and keeping your ball in your own fairway makes.

Not Certain About That

Physicist Werner Heisenberg developed the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which basically states that at subatomic levels, a particle’s location and velocity cannot be accurately measured simultaneously.

Based upon my putting this week, I’d like to propose the Kohl Uncertainty Principle. The line of the putt nor it’s speed can be accurately determined simultaneously. I have no evidence that Heisenberg golfed, but if he did, he’d come up with something similar. Of that, I’m certain.

Up Next

On Monday, most likely, we’ll get to the weekend on-course exploits of Ryan and Tee-K.