Friday, May 30, 2008

Goggin, Perry Tied for Memorial Lead. - Big Names Tumble.

Australian Matthew Goggin woke up with the lead at the 2008 Memorial this morning and he'll go to bed tied for it. His even par 72 left him level with Kenny Perry, who carded a one under 71 today. Both players enter the third round at -7. Hot on their tails are Jerry Kelly, -6, Luke Donald, -5, Matt Kuchar, Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Lowery and Nick O'Hern, all at -4. Jack wanted an major-like feel to his tournament and he got one. Despite some of the widest fairways on tour, Muirfield Village yielded a first round scoring average of 73.73, with today's second round expected to come in just over 75. 5-6 inch seed- bearing rough and a reported green speed of 14 on the Stimpmeter has this course looking like a major. Keep it in play, take what's there, stay below the hole, make the putts, and that's the recipe for victory. Sounds easy, but it's not for 72 holes. Throw in some wind like today and par's a great score.

Big names that faltered or just tread water, Ernie Els, +7, missed cut. K.J. Choi, +6, probable missed cut as of this writing. Hunter Mahan, +8, missed cut. Sergio Garcia, +5, lots of wood to cut. Phil Mickelson, 75 today, +3 overall. Average Golfer's pick, Jim Furyk, +1. Jim's still there, but better get going. Fred Couples, -1. Fred's playing well, always seems to on tough courses. All you need to know regarding how tough this course is that today's conditions produced 21 rounds in the 80s! Nick Watney's two rounds......68-80. Dang, that's how I play, only 15 strokes higher on both ends.

All you need to know about playing winning golf on any level is that putting is where it's at. After two rounds Goggin is T55 in driving distance, T67 in greens in regulation, and 1st in putts/greens in regulation. He's averaged an astonishing 22.5 putts per round so far.

More wind will have Jack smiling and pros struggling. Between the rough, the fast greens, the furrowed bunkers, and Mother Nature, the 2nd half of this baby could be a blast to watch.

Til' next,

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