Teenager Tryon Makes Final Stage of Qualifying
He successfully completed the second stage at Orange County National in Orlando Friday, finishing in a tie for 12th place behind a trio deadlocked for medallist honors. Marco Dawson, Jim McGovern and Danny Ellis ' all who have PGA Tour experience ' finished at 8-under-par for the four rounds of competition.
Full-Field Scores from Orange County National - Orlando, Fla.
The 17-year-old Tryon obviously was a little surprised at his good fortune. He will play for a PGA Tour card at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 28-Dec. 3. The top 35 and ties make it, while the rest are at least assured of a conditional Buy.Com card.
What will Tryon do ' sit in class for his senior year at Dr. Phillips in 2002-2003, or strike out on a golf career at a much younger age than his American tour counterparts?
I dont really know what Im going to do right now, he said. This is all so sudden. Ill have to sit down and think about those other things a little bit later.
Tryon can be excused for being a bit bewildered by all this. First, he was medallist at the first stage of qualifying. He opened the second stage by firing a 63. And in weather that was blustery all week, he hung on Friday to sail into the finals.
I said I wasnt going to be nervous today, he said. But I was. I wasnt nervous at the start, but later on ' yeah, I got nervous out in the fairway a couple of times.
It wouldnt be stretching the truth much to say he handled the nerves like a veteran.
He started out with a birdie at the par-4 1st. He birdied the par-4 3rd. After a par at the 4th and a good drive at the 5th, he was only 140 yards away from the 5th green and already 2-under on the day.
Then, the bizarre happened. Hitting dead into the wind from 140, the wind caught his ball and it flew the green, dying in a lake ' double bogey. Next, the 6th, and an incensed Tryon had a 15-foot putt for birdie. He was so mad that he three-putted ' bogey.
Then came the 7th hole, a par-5, and Tryon was in perfect position for his third shot, facing only an 85-yard lob wedge. He was stunned by what happened next ' a chili dip, a fat shot that plunked into another lake. He walked off that green with another double bogey.
He had played the three-hole stretch in 5-over, after opening at 2-under. Now he had lost most of his comfy cushion. He knew he was dangerously close to washing out at the second stage.
At that point, I didnt know what was happening, said Tryon. I had started out so well, I still was hitting it good, but suddenly I was 3-over.
The back nine, though, he played in even-par. He birdied No. 10, stumbled with bogeys at the 13th and 14th to put himself right on the cut line, but bore down on No. 16 with a 7-iron to 10 feet and a birdie putt. He ended the day with a 75 and a 286 score, getting under the wire with a shot to spare.
It shouldnt have been nearly so hard, he said.
I actually hit the ball pretty well, Tryon said of the second-stage experience. I really drove it well. But the greens were a little tricky. Thats where I had problems.
He gave credit to McGovern, who played alongside him in the final grouping Friday.
Jim kept telling me, Hang in there! Just hang in there! He was really a big help. I dont know what I would have done without him.
Click on the following links to see final scores for stage two of PGA Tour Qualifying at each site:
Orange County National - Orlando, Fla.
Hombre Golf Club - Panama City Beach, Fla.
Oak Valley Golf Club - Beaumont, Calif.
Check out the results from last week's venues.
Check out the results from stage one.
Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake
Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.
While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.
“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.
Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.<
DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi
Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.
“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”
Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).
“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.”
Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.
Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace).
“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.”
Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi
What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.
Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.
McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.
He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.
McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65).
Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds.
“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”
Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder
Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.
Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.
Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:
Filling in tomorrow for Corey Pavin that WD today @cbgolfchallenge I do things like this a lot to help events and asking for sponsors exemptions here but didn't get any help.— Ken Duke (@DukePGA) January 18, 2018
Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.
Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.