Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mickelson out of Sync (WD), Stallings Comes out on Top

Throughout this whole day, Phil Mickelson was seriously struggling. It started out with his double bogey on the 2nd hole, and after that, he struggled to hit fairways and greens. Phil found himself in a lot of bunkers, and he seemed to let his emotions get the best of him. We all know the worst thing you can do when you get angry is rush...that is exactly what Mickelson did. He withdrew with +7 after the round.

A fact that they showed on the screen was that Phil had the most rounds under par this year with 34. Fowler was right behind him with 32. After this round, Rickie has 33 total rounds, one back from Mickelson. Fowler really has surprised me this year, because I thought he was all talk until recently.

For most of the round, there were nearly a dozen people tied for the lead at -3. That was until Stallings birdied the 11th hole bringing him to -4. He then gave that birdie back with a bogey on the next hole. On the 7th hole, Spencer Levin eagled bringing him to -5 where he then birdied and bogeyed leaving him at -5 for the round. Stallings birdied 3 of the last 4 holes and he finished in the lead with -6.

On the 11th hole, Rickie Fowler had a great eagle putt which brought him to -2. He finished the day with -1, with all pars and 1 bogey for the rest of the round. Fowler Eagle 11th

Dustin Johnson was also back for his first tournament since March, and he didn't seem too rusty even after his recovery. His putting did not improve one bit since he last played.

Bubba Watson played some spotty golf. He had 4 bogeys on the back 9, with his only birdie coming on the 5th hole. On the 10th, Bubba had a great imaginative bunker shot hitting it on the other side of the green and using the slope bringing the ball about 4 feet from the hole. He tried to go for the green on the 11th, but ended up bogeying with his 2nd shot in the water. On the 12th hole, a 169 yard par 3, Watson hit a WEDGE, and the ball landed on the back half of the green. He finished the round +3.

With round 1 finished at the Memorial Tournament, there is Stallings leading at -6 and 2 more at -5. There are still a handfull more at -3 under. It could be anybody's tournament. Let's see what cut day has to bring.

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