Good morning to all and Happy Valentines Day to all the ladies out there. You know, waking up and seeing snow is probably one of the worst, most frustrating things to experience living in northeastern Ohio. Well, consider the scenario. We had some 60+ degree temperatures mixed in during the past week which really start to give you the feeling that spring is near. Then you see the 5+ foot tall snow mounds melt away to nothing, the sun begins rising earlier and and earlier each day, and toping it all off it’s no longer pitch black outside when you walk to your car after a long day at work. You really start to think, “hey maybe I can get out to the range this weekend”. My email box then starts to get filled with early bird, spring specials at local courses. Then the snow returns just in time for the weekend to come and the regular depression follows. Why can’t we get the warm temperatures to hit on the weekend?

The second round of the AT&T National Pro-AM gave us a great round from Ratief Goosen (and his killer shades). Goosen shot a cool -8/64 to take the lead from Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus. Johnson followed his opening round -7/65 with a sold -3/69. That put him alone in 2nd place and is sitting at -10. Garrigus is currently sitting T4/-8 after shooting a -1/71 on day 2.

For the day, Friday, Ratief Goosen posted 1 eagle, 7 birdies, 9 pars, and 1 bogey, including a picture perfect approach to the 15th green that left him about 7 feet from paydirt. He is sitting alone in 1st place at -12.  He’s been pretty hot and  has managed to maintain great control of the irons with these half follow through swings. He used that technique on the approach on 15 and the results have been pretty favorable. I mentioned before he is sporting some sweet shades. I guess he’s got some perscription sunglasses that he’s been rockng. He better keep them on for a while based on the way he’s been playing. Nevermind the fact that he’s 40.  He also had only 24 putts in his 2nd round. This coming after a day 1, -4/68.

The shot of the day belonged to J.B. Holmes on the par 3, 17th. From 179 yards, Holmes took a 5 iron and played it perfectly. He pulled the string and the ball came a hair’s width from dropping in for an ace. The ball slid just past the hole and came to a rest inside of 18 inches to the hole. Holmes went on to tap in for his 5th birdie of 6 on the day. He finished his 2nd round with a -4/68 and is sitting at T41/-2.

Mark Calcavecchia is having himself a tournament as well. His day 1, -5/67 and day 2, -3/69 leave him T4/-8 for the tournament. He muscled one up on the 11th and made a great play at the hole by bringing it back down the slope just beyond the green. He ended up less than 10 feet and went on to make birdie. Then on the very next hole, the par 3, 12th from 204 yards, Calc pulled off a nice shot that left him about 12 feet for birdie. His day 2 scorecard had  6 birdies, 9 pars, and 3 bogeys. It’s hard not to have anything but respect for Calc. He just seems like a really good guy overall.

The picks:

Weir: T3/-8

Mickelson: T61/-1

Davis Love III: T27/-3

Padraig Harrington: T143/+1