A blustery day out on Hilton Head was met with perfect temperatures. The wind gusts would creep into the high 20s for the day, and scores were all over the place because of that. The best on the day was a 67, four under, shot by six people. Five of six shot two under or better on day one and now sit inside the top 3 of the event. But, the conditions kept the leaderboard tight, as first place and the cut line are separated by just nine shots and just five shots outside the top 10. Patrick Cantlay, who has had success before, will take a two-shot lead heading into the weekend. In round two, overnight leader Cameron Young would struggle in the challenging conditions, shooting a three-over 74.
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Around 9:30, the winds would pick up and stay throughout the day, making it difficult to score even for the morning wave. But a few got out to hot starts, including Erik Van Rooyen, who had it to seven under at one point before giving one back. Cameron Tringale and Camilio Villegas would also find some solid form in round two, both shooting four-under; while Camilio gained strokes in all four facets, Tringale used a hot iron and putter game en route to his 67.
Aaron Wise would shoot his second straight 69 while finally looking good with the putter, gaining almost four strokes thru two rounds, his best performance all year. His iron game, typically his strength, hasn’t performed all that well yet, leaving room for improvement in his game. Other solid rounds from this wave included Matthew NeSmith, who is hot with irons again, Ian Poulter and Brendon Todd. Todd was on fire with the putter today, gaining over four strokes on the day.
It was a good day for Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay fans, which of course, I’m a super fan of both, as they would highlight the afternoon wave with great shots and excellent putting from Cantlay. Jordan would also hole out for a birdie from the bunker today, as he looks to bounce back after the missed cut last week. Joel Dahmen would also bounce back to form, gaining 4.7 strokes with his approaches and his putter in round two and is right in the mix thru two rounds. The biggest surprise of golfers in the top 10 currently is Robert Streb, who has won twice down in Sea Island, just a few islands down here from Hilton Head, and continues his Southeast Island course form here this week.
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Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Erik Van Rooyen
- Brian Harman
- Joseph Bramlett
- Cameron Young
- Jim Herman
Strokes Gained Approach
- Brian Stuard
- Corey Conners
- Patrick Cantlay
- Cameron Tringale
- C.T. Pan
Strokes Gained Around the Green
- Sepp Straka
- Webb Simpson
- Doug Ghim
- Peter Malnati
- Billy Horschel
Strokes Gained Putting
- Brendon Todd
- Robert Streb
- Billy Horschel
- Cameron Tringale
- Brian Gay
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Those that made the cut and have a Saturday tee time will enjoy it on the golf course, as it’s supposed to be mid 70’s with very little wind. There may be a few sprinkles of rain, but it won’t come with any significant wind problems. Scoring should be the best of the first three days in round three.
Jordan Spieth ($8,500)
Seven holes of golf at five over par isn’t good for a nine handicap, let alone one of the 20 best players in the world. But that’s what happened to Jordan at Augusta last week. It would bring him from a solid ball-striking round and within striking distance of the leaderboard to out of the tournament and heading to Hilton Head a few days early. That may have been what he needed to get going again, as he’s looked very solid thru two rounds. His around the green work is also stellar, as he’s gained almost six strokes tee to green thru two rounds. That’s third in the field, only behind Patrick Cantlay and Sepp Straka. At this salary and within striking distance of the top of the board, Spieth should be a primary target for the third round.
Mito Pereira ($7,900)
The run of form for Mito is continuing here this week, as he’s hit over 75% of his fairways thru two rounds and is gaining over a stroke with his approaches and off the tee. He’s also looked solid with his short game, gaining in both categories thru two rounds as he looks to notch his first top 10 of the season.
Aaron Wise ($7,500)
On the very short list of golfers, if they are positive strokes gained putting, they are likely in the top 10 or better. He, along with Corey Conners, Luke List and a few others, have an uncanny ability to hit the golf ball far better than anyone, but yet still come up way short of a top 10, let alone a win. But Wise seems to have figured it out for at least two rounds, while his iron game is lacking a bit. That’ll pick up over the weekend, and hopefully, more so than this, his putter will regress.
Cam Davis ($6,700)
The Augusta greens have seemed to mess with Davis this week, as he’s last in the field in strokes gained putting of golfers that made the cut, but, tee to green, he looks great, gaining north of four strokes in the first two rounds. He won’t lose another 3.5 strokes with his putter in the next two rounds, so we just have to pick the hot round and hope it’s tomorrow.
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