Four Way Tie In Utah
Players returned to Willow Creek Country Club on Saturday morning to resume the second round after play was suspended Friday due to inclement weather, but with more rain in the forecast it was a stop and go process.
The second round was completed at 7:30 PM ET after two weather delays. The cut was made at 1-under-par 143 and a total of 70 players survived the first 36 holes. The third round began shortly thereafter with just over an hour of daylight left on Saturday.
Arron Oberholser fired a second-round, 8-under 64 to grab a share of the lead at the halfway point. The 27-year-old started on the back nine and holed a wedge from 75 yards for eagle at the par-5 10th. At the 12th, Oberholser chipped in from off the green for his second eagle of the day and reached the green in two at the par-5 17th for another.
Oberholser had a shot at a fourth eagle at the par-5 first, but he settled for birdie.
'I had a makeable chip on the first hole, and I was really trying to make it,' said Oberholser, who won the Canadian PGA Championship in June. 'I was going for the fourth one and it just tailed off at the last second.'
Oberholser was joined atop the leaderboard by D.A. Points, Curt Byrum and Doug Barron at 9-under-par 135.
Jimmy Walker and Andy Miller were one shot back after 36 holes at 8-under-par 136.
Charles Warren, one of the many who began the third round Saturday, was through one hole before play was halted due to darkness. Warren birdied the par-5 first to move to 7-under for the tournament.
Jeff Klauk, Chris Couch, Omar Uresti and Scott Petersen were also at 7-under-par. Of the four, only Klauk was able to tee off before the third round was suspended.
The third round will resume Sunday at 9:45 AM ET with the fourth round scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM ET.
Ty Tryon, the 18-year-old PGA Tour player, who made his return to action this week after missing significant time with mononucleosis this summer, never recovered from an opening-round 79. He managed a 68 during the second round to miss the cut at 3-over-par 147.
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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play
ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.
Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.
As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.
Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.
This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.
The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.
Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain
PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.
She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.
“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.
Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.
“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”
She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.
“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”
Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.
“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.
She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.
“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”
Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.
While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.
“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”
Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead
PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.
In fact, she named her “Mona.”
For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.
While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.
And that has her excited about this year.
Well, that and having a healthy back again.
“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”
Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”
Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.
She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”
Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.