Not an especially exciting day, but there was some good golf. A few things I noticed yesterday:
- Conditions were too soft, though, not much they could do about that. There were numerous times where players would smoke drives down the fairway, especially on holes that were lower than the others, and the ball would stick in the ground and get a ton of mud on it. The most glaring of these instances was on 18 (I think) where Fred Couples hit the fairway and Jim Furyk missed right and ended up on some dirt. Furyk hit a career 4-iron to about 10 feet, a gigantic cut that had to be low enough to get under overhanging trees and then cut right onto the green. Couples, who, on paper, was in perfect position, had his ball sink in and missed long and right. Happened to Villegas as well.
- There’s a possibility for a big number if you miss the fairways. Anthony Kim knows all about that.
- The wind is really playing tricks on the guys who aren’t used to playing in a SoCal valley, something Boo Weekley alluded to in his post-round interview which was later echoed by Hunter Mahan.
- Mike Weir…what were you thinking? Banking it off of a tree? Seriously? Yea, PGA guys are absurdly talented, but that was a little extreme, no?
- Shot of the Day: Camillo’s 50 footer from the bottom tier for birdie.
Should be a more exciting second day…I know Anthony Kim is going to come out and shoot a ridiculously low number…he was right on the doorstep yesterday, but a couple errant drives and a few bad putts turned a solid round into a “meh” one. Hunter Mahan looks good, as well.