Tee times begin at 3 pm ET so there is plenty of time to adjust your lineups and settle in.
Gary Woodland and his new Wilson irons are ahead by three after 36 holes.
Here are nine tidbits from Round 2 of the Sentry Tournament of Champions that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort plays 7,518 yards to Par-73.
Gary Woodland played by himself in Round 1 after Kevin Na WD and fired 67. He didn’t mind having a playing partner in Round 2 as this Kevin, Kevin Tway, showed up and Woodland posted his second consecutive 67, the co-lowest of the day, to lead by three at the halfway point. The last three winners have led the field in Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-Green and Woodland is on top in that category. His 31 inward nine included six birdies and three pars. Mahalo.
Kevin Tway played Round 1 with a sinus/ear infection and didn’t feel like he was standing on solid ground. His bogey-free 67 suggests we should fear the injured/sick golfer! The symptoms cleared up for Round 2 and he added 16 more bogey-free holes before finally squaring a bogey on No. 17. With only one bogey thru 36 holes and just three shots back he should gain even more energy for the weekend.
These were the top-10 selected golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf One & Done. If you’re wondering why you’re not doing well, here’s why:
Another day of gusts at 35 mph but with temperatures pushing 80, scoring was similar in Round 2. The wind calms down on the weekend and scoring across the board should follow. I’d expect a few on the list above to post something lower than 66 in one of the next two days.
Low Round of the Day II
Xander Schauffele moved up 13 spots after matching Woodland for the low round of the day. His bogey-free 67 was fueled by his work on and around the greens. All four greens he missed he saved par and he gained over two shots with the flat stick. Starting Saturday five back at T6 he’ll need something even lower to keep up.
I as argued in The Confidence Factor, class players don’t need multiple reps around Kapalua to crack the code. Rory McIlroy is making the argument for me after two rounds. They don’t hand out any trophies after 36 holes but gamers who went with the first-timer this week won’t be upset that he’s T2 and just three back. He’s played the last 10 holes bogey-free and nine under for the week and he leads the field in GIR.
Wrong Way DJ
For the first time in 33 rounds Dustin Johnson did not break par here. He wasn’t helped with a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball on No. 4 after an errant tee shot. There were just six rounds over par for the day and his 74 knocked him down 10 spots to T12. He closed 65-66 last year to win by eight so I’m not writing him off by any means.
Cameron Champ has turned plenty of heads in his young career with his prodigious length off the tee plus a victory already at the SFC. He’s seven-under in his last 27 holes after closing his first nine at Kapalua bogey-double. These green complexes aren’t simple and he’s second in Strokes-Gained: Putting and third in Scrambling. Not bad for the guy who’s leading the field in Driving Distance and is T6!
Reed between the Lines
For the first time in 18 rounds Patrick Reed, the 2015 champ and 2016 runner-up, did not finish at par or better. He eagled the final hole in Round 1 for 70 and made double in Round 2 for 75. Only Bubba Watson (79) and Satoshi Kodaira (76) had to add up more shots. Reed’s scoring average of 68.75 entering the week is taking a beating just like the gamers who have him on the roster.
Round 1 scoring average checked in at 71.333 and while the wind picked up a bit, the scoring in Round 2, 71.394 did not. THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED FOR WINDY CONDITIONS. THIS IS A RECORDING. … Bryson DeChambeau and Keegan Bradley joined Schauffele with bogey-free rounds on Friday. … The top five in bogey avoidance are in the top six on the leaderboard.