(Image courtesy thenational.ae, tournament information courtesy pgatour.com, lpga.com)
The ‘MC Hammer’ is Missed Cut, not this guy. Four Buckeyes teed it up on their respective tours; unfortunately, none of them made the cuts in their tournaments.
Ryan Armour played in the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis, MO. A Thursday/Friday score of even par 140 marked the cut line. Ryan came in at 69-73-142 (+2) to shorten his stay.
In his opening round, Ryan was 35 (E) through his front nine and 34 (-1) to walk off the course in good shape.
In the second round, teeing off from hole #10, Ryan was 2-birdie, 2-bogey 35 (E) at the turn. Things went sideways with a bogey-double bogey stretch on holes #4-#5, Ryan’s 13th and 14th of the day. The back nine 38 (+3) pushed him over the cut line.
Ryan was done in by atypical inaccurate driving and 3-putting.
Bo Hoag was in Hayward, CA for the Ellie Mae Classic. The cut line was 136 (-4)! Bo’s rounds of 73-69-142 (+2) were a bit too high to qualify him for weekend play.
Bo started out well enough with 3 birdies on his first 5 holes. Two bogeys later, and Bo made the turn at 34 (-1). Bo’s back nine proved to be his undoing; in a five hole stretch, Bo was +5 to par, “highlighted” by a triple bogey on #14. He finished the day with a birdie for his 73.
Bo began his second round on hole #10 and quickly got into trouble. Again. A bogey on #11 and a(nother) triple bogey on #13 pushed Bo to +4 on the round and +7 for the tournament. To his credit, Bo did respond with back-to-back birdies on #14-15, then scorched his back nine with a 32 (-3) for a day’s work for 69 (-1). Too little, too late. He had 34 reasonably well played holes, but two “big number” holes did him in.
Tee-K Kelly was in Calgary, AB for the ATB Financial Classic. The cut line was 138 (-4). Tee-K’s two rounds of 72-73-145 (+3) were way too high.
Tee-K’s opening round began okay; he was even par through seven holes. However, a bogey-double bogey finish pushed him to +3 at the turn. On his back nine, Tee-K got adventuresome. He had two pars (okay), a bogey (hmm), a double bogey (for god’s sake) and five birdies (outstanding)! Following Tee-K around the course has to be better than any amusement ride.
In Tee-K’s second round, beginning on hole #10, he ran off eight consecutive pars before birdieing the 9th hole to make the turn at 34 (-1). He stuttered a bit on his back nine, playing the first eight holes in +4 before birdieing his final hole.
Emma Jandel was in Milwaukee, WI for the PHC Classic. The cut line was 143 (-1). Emma’s rounds of 74-72-146 (+2) pushed her over the cut line.
In Emma’s opening round, nines of 37 (+1) got her off the course in 74 (+2).
In her second round, her front nine and back nine each consisted of 2 birdies and 2 bogeys for her 72 (E). This round moved her up 11 positions to T-83rd, but still fell short of qualifying her for final round play.
Statistically, Emma had two interesting rounds. In her opening round, she drove the ball further and hit more fairways than in her second round. It didn’t translate to a better score, since her iron play was sharper in the 2nd round, giving her better scoring opportunities. However, putting was her downfall this week. In her opening round, Emma had 33 putts. In her 2nd round, she had 36. It’s hard to score low when you’re averaging almost 2 putts per hole.
Daniel Wetterich and, Caleb Ramirez will be on the Monterrey Peninsula for the U.S. Amateur.
Ryan Armour will be playing in the Wyndham Championship. Bo Hoag in the WinCo Foods Championship. Tee-K will be playing in the Players Cup and and Emma Jandel in the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship.
In keeping with the theme of sketchy play this past week, my Thursday round, overall, wasn’t too good. As in “couldn’t avoid Big Numbers” not good. I doubled #6 and tripled #12. The highlight, however was the par-3 3rd hole. Cliff Notes version begins with the tee shot in right bunker. After 5 wedges and two putts, I carded an 8. It really was a masterpiece…
I evidently had issues rotating through the ball at impact. Fifteen of my eighteen tee shots were “misses” to the right. The good news? I played the final six holes in +3, so I did manage to salvage some dignity.