Bryson DeChambeau Shows His True Colors During the Second Round of The Memorial

My love affair with Bryson DeChambeau is over. No more cute nicknames. No more getting jazzed up over his ridiculous lines off the tee. He showed his true colors today. He is a spoiled brat on the golf course and no matter how cool he tries to be his child-like behavior always comes back.

Heading to the scoreable par-5 15th hole, Bryson was +1 for the tourney. He then proceeded to record a 10! A quintuple bogey. Sad to say this is relatable, but how he handled everything during the hole and after was not. Here’s the shotcast for him.

To recap: He drove it into the hazards (shout out). Dropped 2. Hit his third Oscar Bravo. Dropped 4. Hit his fifth Oscar Bravo in the same spot. Dropped six. Hit his seventh 259 yards to the right rough (short side) 44 yards from the hole. He then had a 10-minute debate with a rules official on whether his first ball was actually OB (it was). His eighth shot was to 29 feet. He then two-putted for a 10.

I HATE how relatable that video is. The number of greens I walk off going like that en route to my double bogey is HIGH.

Look at this tweet from the guys at No Laying Up about his 15th hole.

26 minutes! What a joke. That messes with your playing partners rhythm, the guys behind you and the flow of the round. Such a shitty move by our former boy.

Let’s take a deeper look at his antics.

Here is Bryson maybe, but definitely fluffing down the rough before his drop. Listen, I do this ALL THE TIME and it’s fine in my book if you’re playing in a scramble or with the boys at the local muni. BUT, you can’t do this on the PGA Tour. Is this legal? Get me a rules official stat!

Here is Bryson not believing the rules official and calling for another ruling. While this was going on during the broadcast, Sir Nick Faldo explained the rule pretty darn clear and that Bryson was indeed out of bounds.

On the next hole, Bryson’s caddie pulled one of the most outrageous moves I’ve ever seen. I’m not being hyperbolic here. His caddie literally ran in front of a camera to block them from showing Bryson walking after a poor tee shot into a par three.

That was outrageous!

Live look at Brooks scrolling twitter…

I cannot wait to hear how Bryson spins this in his post round interview. Let’s be honest.

Next week, I’ll be back on Bryson’s jock. I’m addicted to his CONTENT.

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Tiger’s Caddie Talks About How He Spent The Past Five Months

Tiger’s Caddie, Joe LaCava, had a quick and interesting chat with the guys over at Caddie World earlier today leading up to the start of tomorrow’s The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. After a five-month layoff, Tiger and LaCava are back at it this week in Ohio.  

Here’s a quick history on LaCava. He’s been on Tiger’s bag since 2011. Tiger and Joe linked up after TW split with longtime caddie Stevie Williams. LaCava came up on the bag of Fred Couples, who is Tiger’s boy, in the 1990s. Joey and Tiger share a special bond. If you don’t know anything about him, the brief interview below should let you know how awesome he is.

What an absolute gem this guy is. Would LOVE to throw a few back with him. He probably has some awesome stories. Just crushing Netflix and playing golf. Now he’s back on the bag for the GOAT. Fuck all. What a statement. Joe LaCava DGAF.

I might have to mess around power rank some of the caddies on Tour. Spoiler Alert: Joey’s in the top spot!

After a little research, I found that not only is there a Caddie Hall of Fame, but Joe is in it. He’s caddied for Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Davis Love III, Tiger and Justin Leonard. What an eclectic group of personalities that is.

Never forget.

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The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide Preview

The PGA Tour is still at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio for the second week in a row! This week, the course is primed for the 2020 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

The field is stacked, the rough has been grown out over the last two weeks (thanks rain!), the greens have been sped up and the course is going to be tipped out. Despite all that, I hope they consider moving up the tee box on 14 again like they did last week. It made for some great drama, especially on Sunday.

Can Collin Morikawa run it back and win two weeks in a row? Can Tiger win in his first start since February? Who will emerge from these SUPER groups we have on Thursday and Friday. Lots of questions heading into the week.

HOW TO WATCH
Thursday (All times Eastern)
PGA Tour Live: 7:15 AM – 6:30 PM
Golf Channel: 2:30 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 7:15 AM – 6:30 PM
Golf Channel: 2:30 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 8:40 AM – 3:30 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Sunday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 8:40 AM – 3:30 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:30 – 7:00 PM
Golf Channel: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 7:00 PM

STORYLINES & SUPER GROUPS
The field this week is absolutely loaded. Nine of the top-10 players in the world are in the field and 22 of the top-25. Lots of OWGR points on the line. Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson all have a chance to become the No. 1 player in the world with a win.

Tiger is back and playing with Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy during the first two rounds. Just take a minute to let that sink in. They go off Thursday afternoon and first thing Friday. Tiger is back. His swing has looked great in all the viral videos that have popped up during the past few months. Can he put it together and compete with the younger players for four days? A win gives him the all-time record (83). Every time he plays until he wins they are going to talk about this. Brooks is hungry after a missed cut and has some shit talking to Bryson to back up. He hasn’t won since last July. He always plays well in bigger events. Expecting good stuff from him. Rory is going to Rory. Hopefully he can cut down on the mistakes and string some birdies together. This group will be fun to watch. Like really fun.

Is the course going to hold up for two weeks in a row? Um, yes. The PGA Tour posted the picture below and oh my god does Muirfield still look pure. The grounds crew has been working around the clock over the last two weeks. They’ve grown the rough out. The greens have been sped up. I’m interested to see the divot situation between last week and the practice rounds this week. For those guys playing both weeks it will be different for sure. Different tee boxes and angles off the tee. Faster and less receptive greens. Should play firmer and faster and the hot temps in Ohio will help with that.

Another one of the super groups is Bryson DeSLAMbeau (god I missed typing that, but I enjoyed our week apart), Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay. These are the last three winners at Muirfield. Bryson is back and obviously he’s been posting a TON on social media. How many times will we see the Kraken during the first round. What a name for your diver by the way. Can Morikawa go back-to-back? His ball-striking on Sunday was unreal. Kid plays with confidence and he’s care free, although I still think his putter under pressure is questionable. He nearly missed a two-footer to force the playoff last week. Cantlay takes two days standing over every shot. He annoys the crap out of me, but he gets results. Can’t knock it (I will continue to knock it). Below is the hype video Bryson posted this week. There is no way he can keep that swing speed up consistently without hurting himself, right?

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is the week, guys. This is it. Rory is back after a two-week vacation. That means I’m going with the No. 1 player in the world. But Steve, he hasn’t performed well in the restart. Hmm. Interesting take. Let’s do some research… Rory has finished outside the top-ten in three straight starts. His finishes in his next event the last three times he did that: Win, T2 & T4. LFG! Rory McIlroy and -14 winning score.  

CWalks: Let’s look at the power rankings this week heading back into Muirfield.  We have Bryson, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas in the top-three.  I really want to give Justin Thomas the nod on this one and go with what the rankings are telling me, but I’ve really been into Viktor Hovland lately. This kid has finished in the top-25 in every tournament since the restart after COVID.  He’s super young and I’m not sure if he is yet ready to deal with the Sunday pressure especially with a lot of big names in the field this week. However, I can’t help but think that he has to break through and pull out a win very soon. So why not, I’m pulling for Hovland this week to take home the Memorial.

Foster: This week I’m keeping it simple. I know everyone’s going to pick Tiger. And in case you didn’t know – I’m everyone. Why? Never bet against a legend. 18-under wins it for the Big Cat.

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Gambling Picks for the Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

NEW FEATURE ALERT!

The Memorial presented by Nationwide has always had a major feel. It’s played at a difficult course. It has a limited and stacked field and it is Jack Nicklaus’ tourney. Just as players dream of capturing major championships, the winner of this walks off the 72nd hole to be greeted by the second-greatest golfer that’s ever tee’d it up.

With all that in mind, we decided to roll out a new feature. All of these odds are taken from FanDuel.

MAKE/MISS THE CUT
Brooks Koepka To Make Cut (-290):
A lot of these odds stink. I don’t think Koepka will miss two cuts in a row at the same course. He closed his second round at the Workday Charity Open with birdies on three of his final four holes and a nice five-under 31 coming in. Brooks will be competing this weekend. Cash it!

Shane Lowry To Make Cut (-150): This was supposed to be the week that Lowry was defending The Open Championship. Outside of a sloppy third round (two-over 74), Lowry produced some decent scores at Muirfield last week. We know they are going to grow out the rough a little and the greens will run faster. Is the weather going to make the greens more receptive due to all the rain or will they play as fast as those setting up the course hope? This one is more iffy in my mind then Brooks. Cash it!

FINISHING POSITION
Justin Rose Top-10 (+470):
Rose has a nice history at Murifield. In his last three starts at The Memorial he’s finished 13th, 6th and 2nd. I know he missed the cut at Workday last week, but HEAR ME OUT. Since the restart, Rose has switched away from Honma clubs and changed his swing coach. Despite his back-to-back MC, he’s also finished T3 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and 14th at the RBC Heritage. HE IS DUE!

Kevin Kisner Top-20 (+380):In his last start, Kevin Kisner shot a Sunday 66 to finish third at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Muirfield is a course that rewards good putting and this guys rolls the rock like an absolute stud. He ranks 25th on Tour in total putting. I don’t care that he has missed two cuts in his last three starts. I’m a what have you done for me lately type of guy. He was solid in Detroit. He has four top-20 finishes this season. Let’s make it five. This ain’t no hobby.

TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS
Tiger Woods (+116)
over Dustin Johnson: Tiger, Tiger, Woods ya’ll. The GOAT is back. He has torn up Muirfield in the past (5 wins). Listen, I have no idea where Tiger’s game is right now. It’s first professional start since February. I know that golf is more fun to watch when he’s in contention and playing well. Is DJ really going to go lower than TW? Let’s ask TIGER.

Rickie Fowler (+110) over Xander Schauffele: Slick Rick for the dub. I think I hate this pick. Rickie has been all over the place since the restart and nonexistent on the weekends. He hasn’t been in the hunt in a while. Xander has been pretty solid, but since his mini meltdown at the Charles Schwab Challenge he’s played okay (a pair of top-20s). Rickie shot a Sunday 73 at the Workday and Xander ended up beating him by two strokes. I think I’ve put myself in a pretzel writing this. I absolutely hate this pick, but Rickie don’t let me down.

What a tournament we have this week, folks! Should be a lot of fun. Come back tomorrow for our preview!

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Workday Charity Open Monday Morning Superlatives

We are back! The PGA Tour crowned its fifth winner in the restart. Collin Morikawa carded an impressive 66 on Sunday and held off Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the first-ever Workday Charity Open.

Young Gun Collin Morikawa wasn’t the only the only winner this week in Columbus. Let’s dive into our Monday Morning Superlatives.

Most Likely to Finally Break Through
Viktor Hovland. Obviously, I like the guy’s game. He has been stellar since the restart. In fact, all 20 of his rounds over the last five week been under par! That is freaking crazy. He had some bad breaks and had a tough time getting momentum on Sunday, but his time is coming soon.

Most Likely to Become a Very Rich Man…
Collin Morikawa. Collin may have a little scar tissue from his playoff loss at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but he showed he can hang with the big boys this week. Going against the No.5 player in the world, he whittled away a three-shot deficit over the final three holes. When Thomas rolled in a 50-foot bomb on the first playoff hole, Morikawa answered with a 24-foot birdie of his own. Plus his swing is so pure!

Most Intriguing Hole…
The driveable par-4 14. This whole was all over social media this week. Hovland drove the green twice during the tournament (making one eagle). During  the final round the hole did a fair job of serving up the drama. In the final group of JT, Morikawa and Hovland, we had three vastly different tee shots. JT laid up with an iron and left himself 96 yards in. Hovland saw his driver hit the rough and bounce into the water, while Morikawa hit a laser to 11 feet for EAGLE! Hovland ended up with a bogey. JT hit his approach to 5 feet and made birdie. Morikawa raced the eagle putt by and settled for birdie. Below are their tee shots. Love the set up on this hole. Big time risk/reward.

Most Likely to Ruin a Perfectly Good Thing…
CBS. We need to have a serious talk about TV rights/contracts. What the freaking heck are we doing. I understand the TV window and that Golf Channel can only air the two hours leading into the final round coverage blah blah blah. Why can’t CBS just put this live on TV. I shouldn’t have to go on a treasure hunt to watch such an awesome finish. No one cares about your PBR bullriding event. Put golf on!

And then when I’m forced to watch the best playoff in maybe last three or four years on a laptop I’m getting this.

Why are we cutting away during the playoff. Then coming back with no drama being built up. I am mad online! Come on guys! We’re trying to grow the game.

Most Likely to Buy the Next Round…
Chase Seiffert. What a Sunday for Chase. The 2019 Korn Ferry Tour grad carded a final round 67 to finish in fourth. He also moved to 109 in FedEx Cup points. He’s very close to securing himself a card for next year. He had a pretty solid day. Made a 42-foot birdie on 9 and after hitting his layup in the water on 11 he holed out for birdie from 135 (with a pitching wedge) on the par-5. Oh, he also cashed a nice little 303K check! Next round is definitely on you, bud!

Jordan Spieth Moment of the Week…
Jordan Spieth did not make the cut, but we still got some good content early in the week. Below is the essence of following Spieth. He makes this approach to the par-5 look so easy.

What an approach and eagle that is. He was talking to the ball like only he can and it just looked so easy. HOWEVER, it was the lone highlight for him. That’s part of the Jordan mystique. An incredibly easy birdie, but too many bad bogeys.

Most Relatable Reaction…
Jigger Thompson. That is an incredible name. You might be wondering why you didn’t hear him this weekend, it’s because he plays on the European Tour. The European Tour returned this week with the Austrian Open event on the Challenge Tour (their equivalent of the Korn Ferry Tour). On Friday, Jigger had this putt for birdie.

I feel like I’ve given the sarcastic thumbs up on the course before. It used to be my go-to move when a driver would cut me off or drive like an asshole. Instead of chucking the bird, I went with the thumbs up. Similar reaction here.

Most Self Aware…
Byeong Hun An. On Wednesday before the Workday Charity Open, An tweeted a pic of his latest stamp on one of his wedges.

Self-awareness at an all-time high. Not sure if he put this bad boy in play at Muirfield Village. He’s another pretty solid follow on Twitter. He’s not exactly wrong, entering this week he ranked 210th (-.789) in strokes gained putting on Tour this season. He calls it like he sees it or doesn’t.   

Most Likely to Outdrive Bryson…
Tony Finau. Tony did not play this weekend, but that didn’t stop him from going viral. Playing with some buddies in Utah, Finau shot a 59! NO BIG DEAL. During his round, he took a crack at letting one rip with his driver. He got up to 206 MPH ball speed with a ridiculous carry of 383 yards. Have mercy. Check out the swing below.

Most Relatable Celebration…
Patrick Mahomes. Why am I writing about the Super Bowl LIV MVP? Because he played in the American Century Championship this weekend. The tourney has athletes and celebrities competing out in Lake Tahoe. Playing the par-3 17th during the first round Mahomes did this.

Did he just throw the game-winning pass in the Super Bowl or hit a par putt on a short par-3 in a celebrity golf tourney? Ironically, I think the last three par putts I’ve made from this length I’ve had a similar reaction. Shout out to Pat for showing emotion after signing a 500 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT. The guy cares.

Should be another fun week at Muirfield.

Did I miss anything from this weekend?

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Collin Morikawa Wins the 2020 Workday Charity Open

Collin! What a Sunday for golf that was. Oh em gee. I feel like I need a cigarette after that. Collin Morikawa fired a six-under-par 66 and outlasted Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff to win the 2020 Workday Charity Open.

Morikawa now has more wins (2) on the PGA Tour then missed cuts (1). After an up-and-down Saturday, Morikawa took advantage of the earlier tee times this morning to chase down JT. With the win, Collin moves all the way up to No. 13 in the OWGR! WOW! One spot ahead of the GOAT (Tiger).

Speaking of Tiger, Morikawa is the first player since Tiger in 1996 to win twice on Tour before missing 2 cuts as a professional. Tiger won 43 times before his 2nd missed cut as a pro.

Everyone wondered after his missed three-footer in a playoff a few weeks back at the RBC Heritage if he’d be able to bounce back. I think the answer is year. Five birdies, one eagle and just one bogey, while playing in the final group with Justin Thomas. Morikawa was locked in.

He had EIGHT approach shots inside 10 feet today, including one on the third and final playoff hole. The 23-year-old was STONECOLD with his irons today.

Already one under on his day, Morikawa stepped up to the 230-yard, par-3 fourth.

That swing was SO pure. How does that not go down for an ace. He followed that up with an unreal eagle on the par-5 fifth.

He hit three wood off the tee 282 yards to the fairway. Then hit his five wood from 231 yards out to 3 feet. CASUAL.

Justin Thomas saw his two-stroke lead to start the day turn into a three-shot deficit. But, JT didn’t hear no bell. Starting on the eighth hole he made four straight birdies. Then on 14 he added another birdie before a dagger (or so we thought) with a 21-foot eagle putt on 15.

With that eagle on 15, JT had a three-stroke advantage. Thomas stumbled coming in making bogeys on 16 and 18, while Morikawa had another huge birdie on 17 and nice par on 18 to force the playoff. For as sharp as JT was on Saturday and during the middle of the round, he was that sloppy coming home.

The playoff did not disappoint.

Let’s take a look at the birdie attempts from both guys on the first playoff hole.

WHAT A PUTT from JT. Holy cow. He let out the loudest cheer we’ve heard on the PGA Tour since the Player’s Championship. BOMB. That was from over 50 feet. NO BIG DEAL.

Could Morikawa answer?

Obviously he answered. HE WON THE TOURNAMENT! But what a putt from the young gun. 24 feet. Right in the heart. STONES.

After both guys made par by missing their putts by fractions they moved to third playoff hole (No. 10).

JT found trouble off the tee and had too punch out for his second. Morikawa followed up a perfect drive with a dart to nine feet. Thomas hit his third to 14 feet and was unable to convert the par and Collin won it with two putts.

What a freaking day of golf. That was awesome. There was a ton of other stuff to unpack so check back in tomorrow morning for our Monday Morning Superlatives.

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Justin Thomas Leads the Workday Charity Open After 54 Holes

JT! Justin Thomas was en fuego on Saturday afternoon, carding a smooth six-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 2020 Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village.

Thomas has been stellar this week and he is just the second player since 1990 (Jim Furyk, 1997) to go through 54 holes without a bogey at Muirfield Village!

After racing out of the gate, Thomas took the lead for good on the par-5 11th. He had every facet of his game working today.

Playing in the last group, Thomas erased a three-hole deficit thanks to finding fairways and greens. While Thomas was six-under, 36-hole leader Collin Morikawa struggled with an even par round of 72.

Early in the round, Thomas found a divot and had this unreal approach shot.

That shot is so difficult and he makes it looks so easy. That’s why he is a pro! Thomas has a little bit of breathing room heading into Sunday.

I said he was doing everything right. You don’t believe me?! Here’s a nifty up-and-down from the rough.

In case you were really doubting me here’s a nice little sand save. Such a tough shot. Green running away. Water. JT was feeling it today!

Here’s how we stand with 18 holes to play.

Thomas was not the only player to make a move as Viktor Hovland had eight birdies on the way to third round 66.

Hovland loves the 14th! He drove it for the second day in a row. He’s been so solid since the restart and has the second-best score-to-par of any Tour player not named Bryson DeChambeau in the last month.

Also, I LOVE his swing. Check him letting the big dog eat!

Should be another solid Sunday. The final group is JT, Morikawa and Hovland. LET’S GO!

Is JT going to hold on? I think so! Who do you have winning it all?

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Morikawa will Hold 36 Hole Lead at Workday Charity Open

While there are still a few guys left to finish round 2, they aren’t going to catch Collin Morikawa after 36 holes. What a great way to bounce back after missing a cut the week prior. Morikawa went on to back up his opening round 65 with a solid 6 under round of 66 including 3 bogies in the round! That’s crazy!

Round 2, 66

Collin has been absolutely lights out at Muirfield Village, which is amazing because we are seeing so many guys struggle here at this 7456 yard beast of a course. So far this week, Morikawa has been throwing darts on his approaches which has given him some great looks to make birdies which you’re definitely going to make when you are averaging 1.536 putts per green in regulation.

While Morikawa has made it look easy, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for a lot of other guys who we won’t see make the cut. Jordan Speith is continuing his roller coaster play and has been unable to break through and shoot under par. MuirField is also getting the best of the former Olympic gold medalist Just Rose who finished the weekday rounds +10. We also have to mention Matthew Wolff, who posted a 2 day +5 total making us look really bad after just featuring him in our young gun blog.

It stinks not to get to see these guys through the weekend, but there’s still plenty of names topping the leader board that should be fun to watch. Heading into today it’s honestly anyone’s tournament, there’s a solid grouping of guys at at least -5 including Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama who are only a few shots back. It seems like 8 shots off the lead is a lot, but the way this golf course is playing, anything can happen.

Due to a round 2 suspension due to darkness, we will have to wait until later this afternoon to get things going in round 3 to see if Morikawa can keep up this pace?

56-Year-Old Miguel Angel Jimenez Leads the Austrian Open After 36 Holes

You read that right! The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, holds a two-stroke lead at the Austrian Open after 36 holes. Jimenez fired a seven-under 65 in the second round of the European Tour’s first event back.

The Austrian Open is being co-sponsored by the European Tour and the Challenge Tour. The Challenge Tour is the European Tour’s version of the Korn Ferry Tour and arguably it’s most famous (here in the States at least) for where Brooks Koepka got his start.

With no live video highlights have been hard to find. Here’s a look at the Spaniard’s mood heading into the weekend.

Miguel is looking to break a record he already owns in becoming the oldest winner on the European Tour. On Friday, he carded an impressive 10 birdies to go along with three bogeys. He ended his round in style with this bird.

Decent approach. He’s still got it.

Just remember, NO ONE and I mean NO ONE, has as much swag as Miguel.

Who has made cigars more popular Miguel or Arnold Schwarzenegger? Hard to say. Also, I had to Google that last name and it still doesn’t look right.

Anyways if you’re not familiar with Miguel’s sweet pre-round stretching routine check it out below.

Cigar in the mouth and all. What a character. If you saw someone do this on the range you’d 1,000% think they were an asshole. But somehow, Miguel pulls it off.

Will he hold off the pack over the weekend?!

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Collin Morikawa Leads the Workday Charity Open After Day One

YOUNG GUNZ! Baby-faced Collin Morikawa shot an opening round seven-under-par 65 to lead the first-ever Workday Charity Open by one stroke.

Morikawa’s low round in the afternoon was an anomaly thanks to some insane ball-striking as almost 70 players carded over-par scores at Muirfield Village on Thursday.

Before we get to Morikawa’s day, let’s take a look at the leaderboard and some of the big names that got off to rough starts. Adam Long ended up bogeying his final hole of the day so he dropped back to four-under.

Gary Woodland (+1) made four birdies on the day, but he also three bogeys and a double.

Phil Mickelson (+1) Phil went out in four-under 32, but he hit a wall. He came in with a 41! There was a stretch where he went BOGEY-BOGEY-BOGEY-BIRDIE-DOUBLE BOGEY-PAR-BOGEY. That looks an awful lot like my scorecard after a few hard seltzers on the course. Actually, TBH I’d be pumped with a 41 coming in.

Brooks Koepka (+2) Shot three-under on his back nine, but he went out in 41!

I’ve been there, Brooks. That’s when you start looking for the cart girl and some cold beverages.

Justin Rose (+2) stumbled out of the gates, making three bogeys on his front nine and never found his groove.

Ryan Palmer (+5) had a tough day. I know he’s not a BIG name per say, but he made a sextuple bogey! He put a NINE on the card on a par-3.

I hate to say it, but this is RELATABLE. Tee shot in the water. Drop in the water. Second drop to the water AGAIN. SEVENTH shot after all the drops to 32 feet and nice little two putt. I wonder what type of expletives came out of his mouth coming off the green. I hope he threw the last ball in the water on the way to the next tee box.

Bubba Watson (+7) After starting on No. 10, he was even thru nine holes. On his opening nine, he made three birdies, a bogey and a double. He DID NOT ENJOY the end of his round. Check out his scorecard coming in. YIKES.

While it was nice to see a course finally have some bite, Let’s take a look at Morikawa’s smooth 65.

Collin’s swing is so effortlessly smooth. He gained over five strokes on the field off the tee and on his approaches. This shot here is a major reason why.

On the times when he wasn’t stuffing the ball tight, he was rolling it pure.

That was a thing of beauty. Looks like he’s bouncing back from the first career missed cut rather nicely.

After his round Morikawa said this.

“I hit my iron shots good, tee shots felt great and I knew if I just kept that going I was going to make some birdies.”

Must be nice, bud. Never felt that way out there, but there’s a reason you’re on Tour and I’m not. Think I just found who I’m rooting for this weekend.

Some of highlights on the day were this sick camera angle they displayed.

Let’s be honest, for a second you were like I wonder if Jordan just destroyed that super expensive camera. He didn’t.

Rickie with some terrible luck on a beautiful approach shot.

Don’t worry he made the putt. Little gift (and a good roll) from the golf karma gods.

Back at it tomorrow AM. What do you think the cutline will be?

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