(Image courtesy bleacherreport.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica)
Ryan Armour followed up his initial Tour win last week with two solid rounds at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, NV. Through two rounds, Ryan will enjoy what Vegas has to offer, at least at TPC Summerlin. His two day score of 68-74-142 (E) will enable Ryan to play the weekend. Although the 2nd round was suspended due to darkness, Ryan sits at T-47th position. The projected cut line is +1, so no question that Ryan gets in his four rounds.
Ryan’s opening round of 33-35-68 (-3) placed him in 16th place. He birdied his first two holes and had 3 birdies / 1 bogey on the front nine to make the turn at 33 (-2). On the back nine, Ryan was -2 through 8 holes, but bogeyed the 444 yard par-4 18th for his round of 68.
For Thursday, Ryan struck the ball pretty well. He averaged 313 (!) yards off the tee while hitting 11 fairways (78%) in regulation, so he did a nice job of keeping the ball in play. He hit 12 greens (67%) in regulation, converting 5 of those opportunities into birdies. All in all, a well played round.
Ryan’s Friday round was not nearly as sharp. His nines of 36-38-74 (+3) dropped him from 16th to 47th. He, somewhat uncharacteristically, had 5 bogeys and only 2 birdies.
What happened? His driving took a leave of absence for the day. He drove the ball long, averaging 307 yards, but struggled to keep it in play. He hit only 8 fairways (57%). This affected his greens in regulation, as he hit 11 GIR (61%). He converted only 2 of these into birdies.
Here’s the problem. Although in his 2nd round he only hit 1 green less than his opening round, because he was hitting his approach shots out of the rough, he wasn’t nearly as close to the pin. Two of his approach shots were hit into greenside bunkers, where he couldn’t get up-and-down. It was just not a good ball striking day for Ryan.
Ryan Armour will play the weekend in Las Vegas. He’s on a roll. No better place for it.