Saturday, February 27, 2010

Waste Management Phoenix Open Round 2

Round two of the Waste Management Phoenix Open ended prematurely last night due to darkness. Only one player, Matt Every, remained on the golf course as the official decision to end for the evening was announced. He finished round two this morning before the other players teed off for round three. Matt successfully sunk a putt from four feet and four inches for birdie that would take him to nine under for the tournament thus far. Tee times for the third round began this morning at 8:40 a.m. local time and players were sent off Nos.1 and 10 in threesomes.

If an organization doesn’t continually bring in fresh, young blood it will slowly die and eventually disappear all together. This is not the case with the PGA and the golfing world in general. Case in point: The average of the top five players on the leaderboard at the midway point of the Waste Management Phoenix Open is 27. The “old man” of the bunch is Mark Wilson at 35 and the youngest is Rickie Fowler at a much younger 21. For the “record” favorite Camilo Villegas is 28, Ryan Moore is 27, and Anthony Kim is 24.

Speaking of age, Tom Lehman is currently near the top of the leaderboard and will be the fifth oldest winner in tour history if he takes his second title in Phoenix tomorrow. Lehman was tied for second at the end of round two. He will turn 51 next Sunday, March the seventh.

Additional Facts:

Anthony Kim had to settle for nine pars on his second and the resulting 65 brought him up to ten under and one stroke off the lead held jointly by Mark Wilson and Camilo Villegas.

Camilo Villegas drove into a “waste area”, no pun intended, on the 18th hold and found his ball resting on the sand behind some pampas grass. Fortunately, he was still able to muscle it back out into the fairway and hit his third shot onto the green.

When Camilo Villegas missed his 14-footer for par he was tied for the lead with Mark Wilson at 11 under par. Wilson made birdie on his last four holes to shoot 66 Friday and jumped to the top of the pack.

The announced attendance for Friday was 101,789. This is a good indication that a BIG crowd will appear with anticipation to see the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Leasderboard as of Friday evening:

Pos Player Name R2

1 Snedeker, Brandt-----67
2 Piercy, Scott----------67
3 Every, Matt----------70
3 Fowler, Rickie--------67
5 Villegas, Camilo------69
6 Allenby, Robert------65
6 Calcavecchia, Mark--68
6 Couch, Chris---------66
6 Goggin, Mathew-----67
6 Howell III, Charles--66

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