LOS ANGELES – Some 3-under 68s are more interesting then others.
Take, for example, Charl Schwartzel’s card on Friday at the Northern Trust Open. The South African had a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. The mishmash included seven birdies, an eagle, a bogey, a double bogey and a triple bogey.
Schwartzel started his day with a double bogey-6 at the par-4 10th hole after his approach plugged in a bunker. “I felt very sleepy this morning, and making a double bogey woke me up very quickly,” he said.
He rebounded with three birdies to turn at 1 under and eagled the par-5 first hole to move to 6 under for the week. That’s when things got interesting, again.
At No. 2, Schwartzel pulled his drive left and had to pitch back out to the fairway, but his golf ball bounced off a cart path and up against an out-of-bounds fence. When he tried to chop his third shot back in play, his ball bounced up and hit his hand.
“Yeah, I wasn't in a very good mood after that,” he said. “I hooked it out to just short of the green and chipped it up to about 3 feet and missed the putt.”
Still, Schwartzel birdied four of his next five holes and finished the day tied for seventh place at 6 under, four strokes off the lead.
When asked if he was looking forward to a little more consistency this weekend, he smiled, “I would love some more consistency. This is too exciting for my liking.”