(Image courtesy golfweek.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour)
Tour golf, not the kind that you and I play, is beginning to heat up.We currently have Buckeyes Ryan Armour and Bo Hoag in action; to whit.
The PGA Tour just concluded it’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend and Ryan Armour had four solid rounds (70-70-69-70-279, -8) to finish in T-20th spot.
In Ryan’s opening round, he was even par 36 at the turn and trundled along with 7 consecutive pars on the back nine; not much going on. Then, this happened on the 190-yard par 3 17th hole (I’d have given him he putt…).Ryan birdied #18 for a round of 70 (-2).
In Day Two, Ryan rang up 3 birdies/1 bogey on his front nine to make the turn at 34 (-2) then birdied hole #18 to complete his second consecutive round of 70 (-2).
In Day Three, Ryan had a front nine of 3 birdies/2 bogeys to make the turn at 33 (-1). A birdie on #16 gave him a back nine score of 36 (-1) for a 69 and his third consecutive round of -2 to par.
At the risk of being repetitive, Ryan’s final round was also a 70 (-2). His front nine was stellar with 3 birdies and a score of 33 (-3). A birdie on #14 got his round to -4, but bogeys on #16-#17 (aargh!) pushed Ryan’s score to the magical -2 for the day.
For the four rounds, Ryan averaged 273 yards off the tee, hit 76% of the fairways, 68% of greens in regulation and had a Strokes Gained putting of .994. Pretty decent measurables, pretty decent results
Meanwhile, at The Club Columbia Championship (Bogota, Columbia), Bo Hoag had an eerily similar weekend to Ryan Armour. Bo’s four rounds of 69-69-71-70 also totaled 279 and also placed Bo in T-20th.
In Bo’s opening round, he was 37 (+2) at the turn, then lit up the back nine with 4 birdies to walk off the course with a 69 (-2). Bo birdied 3 of his first 4 holes, then capped his round with a birdie on #18. That’s always a nice finish.
In his second round, Bo had a better front nine; an even par 35. He eagled the par-5 10th hole to get to -2 for the round. an offsetting birdie (#14) and bogey (#17) brought Bo to the clubhouse with his second consecutive 69 (-2).
In the third round, Bo navigated an entertaining front nine with 2 bogeys, three birdies and four pars to make the turn a 34 (-1). Back-to-back bogeys on #11 – #12 pushed Bo back to over par for the round, but a birdie on the par-4 16th brought his round back to 71, level par..
In Bo’s final round, he opened with 2 birdies, / 2 bogeys / 5 pars on his front nine for 35 (E) and scattered 2 bogeys and three birdies in his back nine to get to the clubhouse with a 70 (-1).
In the “some holes you can play, some you can’t” category we have two entries. Bo played the par-4 2nd hole +3 in four rounds (not too good) but played the par-5 10th in -4 in four rounds (really, really good).
- February 15th – 18th the PGA Tour plays The Genesis Open at fabled Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA.
- There will be a Local Golf outing at The Dome in a couple of days. Possibly.