Friday, July 11, 2008

Halftime at the John Deere Classic

Boarder, skier, adventurer, and part time P.G.A. pro Will MacKenzie's -13 sets the pace after the 2nd round of the John Deere Classic. The birdie factory didn't disappoint, as the projected cut, with a few stragglers left on the course, was at -3. Go low or go home. MacKenzie's 7 birdie, 11 par round 64 gave him 14 birdies in the 1st two rounds and a two shot lead over the foursome of Eric Axley, Kenny Perry, Charlie Wi, and Brad Adamonis. Brian Davis carved out his spot at -9 and was followed by 20 golfers at -7 and -8. Kind of the anti major here I'd say. Perry continued his torrid play and his ploy to make the Ryder Cup team by skipping majors has proven out. Can't fault a guy with a plan and Perry will make a great addition to a team that needs some shake up. Based on recent Ryder Cups, "If what you're doin' ain't workin', do something else".

Average Golfer's picks, Bart Bryant to win is at -3. My long shot Dean Wilson at -7 is in the mix and can win the thing with a couple of rounds in the 50s. Not out of the question here at the Deere! I sadly noticed Tim Herron, one of my favorites is going home after a two round +7. I hope it's temporary with Tim. He's a great player and at the point of his career where he needs to rack up some more wins.

Watch the shoot out over the weekend. Just remember, at this tournament a 5 is a 4 and a 4 is a 3. Capice?


Do you think Paula Creamer was disappointed in any way with her 2nd round 65 at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic? After all, it was 5 shots higher than yesterday's torrid 60. She's six shots clear of a game Eun-Hee Ji and no one else is within binocular distance. Hand her the trophy tomorrow morning and let everyone else form a scramble. If this was a fight it would have been stopped. In fairness she has to finish and not repeat her U.S. Women's Open Sunday. I don't see that as a problem. Watchables include Stacy Lewis at -6, T5 and Michelle Wie, even par, T62. Both are trying to earn enough money by the end of the year to secure their cards and not have to go through Q school. I can't wait to see what Creamer posts tomorrow though and will admit it's the only reason I'll check out this B event.

Til' next,

Average Golfer observation..... Did anyone else experience the bizarre, time warp coverage by The Golf Channel last evening of the John Deere Classic? I knew it was a rebroadcast so I kept flipping back to it to see some action. Every time I did Zach Johnson was hitting an approach shot. The same shot, hole and result. It was like watching Groundhog Day. I know, I know, rain delay.

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