Thursday, May 24, 2012

Round 1 Comes to a Close

As I just sat down to write this, I saw Oosthuizen's eagle on the 18th hole which brought him to 1 over par. It reminded me of his double eagle during The Masters.

On a more relatable note, Zach Johnson ended up in the lead with a -6. I didn't get to watch him play at all today, but in his post round interview he sounded very confident. The one person who surprised me was Sergio Garcia. I didn't expect him to play so well today beause he hasn't done great all year. Garcia had a great eagle putt during the round, but it was shortly followed by a bogey. I was also surprised at Hunter Mahan and I expected him to play much better than he did. He had a solid round, but he didn't really seem like he had it all together.

The group of Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner didn't really have the greatest rounds (with the exception of Dufner). Kuchar made me nervous every time he was on the green and didn't make nearly as many GIR's and greens hit as he usually did. Rowler didn't do much better at his putting either, though I love his calm "get back on the horse" mentality. Fowler always seems to keep his cool no matter what his mistake is and that is what I think has led to his success. Dufner, who finished round 1 in a tie for 2nd place with -5 had a pretty good round. He did a much better job putting even though he never seems to be impressed with it. One thing that Kuchar, Fowler, and Dufner all had in common was that they all hit into a LOT of bunkers. The difference was that Kuchar and Fowler had a sand save percentage of 100%

On the 12th hole, Kyle Riefers hit the longest drive of the day on the 12th which went 315 yards. On that drive, he also lost his driver head which landed in the fairway about 50 yards or so from the tee box. The link for the video is right here:

One thing to keep in mind about the current leaders is that you can't count on them to play the same throughout the tournament. Just remember 2 weeks ago with Ian Poulter (my personal favorite) in The Players. He led with -7 in the first round and then had 2 double bogeys in the 2nd round and 1 more later in the tournament which he ended tied for 25th.

Zach Johnson probably has the best chance at winning right now because of his win at the CPI 2 years ago along with his earlier success. As I said, his confidence showed in his post round interview which is a great sign. Then again, you can't count out Jason Dufner who is hungry for his 3rd win.

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