PGA DFS Podcast: The US Open Championship
Mike Alexander and Donald Remington preview the US Open Championship.
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Alternate and World No. 1431 Robert Garrigus concocted a 3-over-par 36-38=74 in the darkness-delayed second round of the Bermuda Championship and at 1-over 69-74=143, was one of 13 players to eventually make the cut on the number when the cut line was determined after the resumption and completion of play on Saturday morning.
This is the 42-year-old's 15th mid-tourney WD in 353 events, second this season in two starts, also WDing the Corales during R2 due to heat exhaustion. Unlike the Corales, however, where he had one hole left and was about to MC by at least eight shots, Garrigus had made the cut here in Bermuda, which would've been his first since a T53 at the 3M Open back in July. Along with Garrigus, World No. 170 Pat Perez WD as well, his 26th mid-tourney WD in 469 events, and had also made the cut on the number at 1-over 71-72=143. No reason was furnished for either WD, but both players had played their respective second rounds on Friday morning and potentially were no longer on site when the cut was made on Saturday, thinking perhaps they had MC (speculation, but both are Phoenix-area residents). In addition to these, World No. 564 Michael Gellerman WD (no reason) after play was suspended on Friday, his first mid-tourney WD in 18 events, but the 28-year-old was headed for a MC at 4-over thru 16 holes and 6-over total.
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Defending champ and World No. 41 Brendon Todd sleepwalked to a 4-over-par 36-39=75 in the darkness-delayed second round of the Bermuda Championship and at 4-over 71-75=146, missed the cut by three shots.
A total of 70 pros from a field of 132 pros made the cut of 1-over 143, 13 (T58) on the number. Todd was the top-ranked OWGRer in the field, the only player in the OWGR Top 50, and second-highest on the bookmaker's food chain at a pre-tourney 13/1 outright. On six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, he overshadowed two birdies with six bogeys, posting 1.818 putts per GIR with 29 total putts. Through seven holes, the 35-year-old was firmly inside the cut line on 1-under total, but played his final 11 on Friday afternoon in birdie-less 5-over. For the short week, he mustered six birdies against 10 bogeys and ranked T125 in Scrambling at 35.71 percent. Other notable MCs include: 144- Rafa Cabrera Bello; Cameron Tringale; Kristoffer Ventura; Justin Suh .. 145- Henrik Norlander; Brian Stuard; Tyler McCumber .. 148- Wesley Bryan; Tom Lewis .. 149- Harold Varner III .. 157- Charley Hoffman. UPDATE: Robert Garrigus and Pat Perez both survived the cut on the number but WD following the completion of R2 on Saturday morning, so a revised total of 68 players will contest the final two rounds.
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World No. 85 Doc Redman pieced together an even-par 35-36=71 in the second round of the Bermuda Championship for a 36-hole total of 6-under 136, T4 on the leaderboard, which is where he began, two swings short of co-leaders Ryan Armour (70) and Wyndham Clark (68).
The 22-year-old hit eight (of 14) fairways and mustered eight greens in regulation. He exchanged two birdies at holes 6 and 7, with two bogey-5s at 9 and 12, posting 1.875 putts per GIR with 26 total putts. The North Carolina native, who opened with 65 on Thursday in much calmer conditions (1 eagle, 6 birdies, 2 bogeys), is chasing his first professional win on any tour. His best finish in 39 events on the PGA TOUR is solo 2nd at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage in 2019 as an open-qualifier and non-member. The Clemson product has also chalked up two other podiums in his last five events, including a T3 at the season-opening Safeway three starts ago.
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Due to darkness, the second round of the Bermuda Championship was suspended at 6:40 pm local time. Players will be in position to finish their second round at 7:45 am on Saturday.
Field size increased by 12 players for the second edition of the Bermuda (from 120 to 132), contributing to five players being stranded. In fairness, however, high winds throughout the day on Friday slowed play considerably, as the event had no issue getting everyone around Port Royal GC in calmer conditions on Day 1. Pre-tourney 11/1 fave outright Will Zalatoris was one of fortunate ones to get his respective lap in prior to the horn, signing for a 1-over-par 38-34=72 and a 36-hole total of 1-under 69-72=141. The non-member and World No. 59, who is making his tourney debut, outbalanced two birdies with three bogeys on six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He's currently T12 in GIR at 69.44 percent (25/36) though T97 in putts per GIR (1.840), and sits T36 on the leaderboard, seven in arrears of co-leaders Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark.
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Beginning off No. 10 tee and making his tournament debut, World No. 183 Wyndham Clark bogeyed two of his final three holes but still carded a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in the second round of the Bermuda Championship, up six places on the day and good for a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Armour (70) on 8-under 134.
This is the 26-year-old's first 36-hole lead/co-lead in 62 career events and is vying for his first professional win on any tour. He did finish runner-up one time on the Korn Ferry circuit in 2018, while his best on the main stage among four top 10s is T5 at the 2019 3M Open during his rookie campaign. On six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, the Denver native was bogey-free 5-under thru 15 holes, leading the tournament by two on 10-under total, before suffering back-to-back squares at 7 and 8. For the good, he carded his second eagle of the week at the par-5 second, and added three birdies at 11, 16 and 17. The Oregon alum registered 1.636 putts per GIR with 27 total putts.
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Making his tournament debut and beginning off No. 10 tee, overnight leader and World No. 166 Peter Malnati bogeyed two of his final four holes toward a 3-over-par 38-36=74 in the second round of the Bermuda Championship, falling five spots to T6 on 5-under 137, three adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Armour (70) and Wyndham Clark (68).
After kicking off with a nine-birdie one-bogey 63, the 33-year-old slept atop his first 18-hole perch, leading by one over two players, including Armour. He conjured six (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation en route to an 11-shot swing from Day 1. Battling windy conditions, the Missouri alum outbalanced two birdies at 11 and 17, with five squares at 10, 15, 18 (3-putt), 6 and 8, recording 1.875 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. This is his third consecutive start this season where he's been in the top 15 at halftime, joining the Sanderson Farms and the Shriners in his most recent event three weeks ago. At the Sanderson Farms, he was T12 after 36 holes before finishing solo 2nd (70-67-70-63), and was a 36-hole co-leader at the Shriners before finishing T5 (66-62-71-66).
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Making his tournament debut, World No. 143 Scott Piercy fashioned a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in the second round of the Bermuda Championship for a 36-hole total of 5-under 137, up nine places to T6, three back of clubhouse co-leaders Ryan Armour (70) and Wyndham Clark (68).
Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 41-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. He went out in birdie-less 2-over, squaring back-to-back bogey-5s at 14 (3-putt) and 15, but came home in 3-under, circling 2, 7 and 9, two of those birdie-4s. The Las Vegas native, who opened with 67 (5 birdies, 1 bogey), posted 1.833 putts per GIR with 29 total putts. This is his first time in the top 10 at the midpoint since consecutive starts last February at the WM Phoenix Open and AT&T Pebble Beach, where he was T5, and T6, respectively, before finishing T6 and T18, the T6 at TPC Scottsdale his most recent top 10. He arrived this week 2-for-3 on the season and off a T19 at his hometown Shriners three weeks ago (68-65-67-68).
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Roger Sloan was smooth out of the gate during round two of the Bermuda Championship then held out late to record a 1-under-par 37-33=70 and turn in a 5-under 137 ahead of the weekend.
The Texan started his morning on the 10th tee and kept a clean card with three birdies on his opening 12 holes. Sloan had it on cruise control with 14 greens in regulation while battling 30+ MPH winds but the putter stopped cooperating on his way into the clubhouse. He three-jacked for bogey at the par-4 fourth hole and took 10 more swipes with the putter on his final five holes. Looking at his recent results, Sloan was T10 thru 36 holes at the Wyndham Championship, four starts ago. He was also T18 at the midpoint in his most recent start (Sanderson Farms Championship). Sloan is getting off to some hot starts but he finished just T31 and T32 in those two events. He'll need to keep his foot on the gas over the weekend to avoid the same fate.
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