(Image courtesy let.com, tournament information courtesy pga.com, let.com)
Katja Pogacar, Bo Hoag and Tee-K Kelly were all in action this past weekend. Well, that’s not exactly true, see below…
Ladies European Tour
Katja Pogacar was in SP for the Estrella Damm Ladies Open. She had rounds of 69-68-73-72-284 (E) to tie for 57th place.
Katja opened play on the back nine with a up with a 36 (+1). She rebounded on the back nine with 4 birdies and a bogey for a round of 69 (-2). So far, so good.
Katja’s second round again featured solid play on the front nine with 3 birdies and 1 bogey to may the turn at 34 (-2). A back nine of 36 (+1) gave her a round of 70 (-1). So, beginning a tournament with consecutive sub-par rounds is always a good start.
Katja’s third round began well enough. Two birdies and a bogey gave her a front nine of 35 (-1). Unfortunately, the back nine didn’t go quite as well. A birdie, two bogeys and a double bogey gave her a nine of 38 and a round of 73 (2).
Her final round began with another sub-par front nine of 35 (-1). A back nine of 37 (+2) gave her a round of 72 (+1).
I think this was a well played event for Katja. Although her final score was level par, she accumulated a lot of birdies, fourteen, in this event. Obviously, there were a lot of off-setting over-par holes, but her ability to put a lot of ‘red’ numbers on her card is encouraging.
Tee-K Kelly was in Brazil for the 65 JHSF Brazil Open. Tee-K put together rounds of 71-69-72-64-275 (-8) to finish T-29. His final round 64 was tied for 2nd best score of the round and improved Tee-K 29 positions in the final standings.
Tee-K had a fairly nondescript opening round, he was +2 through eight holes, then birdied #9 to make the turn at +1. He played the back nine in eight consecutive pars, then birdied the finishing hole for a round of 71 (E).
In Tee-K’s second round, beginning on the back nine, he had things pretty much under control with 7 pars-2 birdies to make the turn at 34 (-2). His back nine went into wheel-spin mode with 2 birdies-2 bogeys and a score of 35 (E) for a round of 71 (-2). Tee-K’s two round score of 140 (-2) was good enough to make the cut. On to weekend play!
Beginning his third round on the back nine (a bit unusual, I think), he had an opening nine of 37 (+1), so not much good really happening here. Things brightened a bit with back to back birdies on holes #2-#3 to get Tee-K to -1 for the round. A double bogey on the 420 yard par-4 8th hole gave Tee-K a nine of 35 (E) and a round of 72 (+1).
Tee-K’s final round again began on hole #10. (I know there is a Coriolis Effect on fluids, but I didn’t realize it also pertained to tee assignments…). Physics aside, Tee-K was absolutely masterful in his final round. His four birdies on his opening nine got him to the turn a at 32 (-4). Three more birdies earned him a back nine of 32 (-3) and a round of 64 (-7).
Just a few tidbits, gleaned for the Tournament stats:
- Of Tee-K’s 16 birdies, 7 came in his final round. That’s a “go-low” when he needed it.
- He had 49 pars, which tied him for most in this category. He played a lot of holes (65) in par or better.
- Speaking of ‘par or better’, Tee-K had only one double bogey and no score higher than that. He did a nice job of ‘stroke saving’.
Bo Hoag was in Atlantic Beach, FL for the Web.com Tour Championship. Bo needed some stellar play to give himself a chance to earn his PGA Tour card. It didn’t happen.
Bo’s rounds of 71-69-140 (-2) were good, just not low enough to make the cut which was 137 (-5).
Bo began play on hole #10 and was +3 through seven holes. He played his final eleven holes in -3 to get back to level par. In Round 2, Bo was -4 through 10 holes, but bogeyed two holes coming to the clubhouse to shoot a 69 (-2).
So, despite missing the cut, Bo s/be encouraged with a solid stretch of play where he was -7 through 21 holes of play. The game is there.
The most recent two rounds, scores in the low 80’s haven’t been too bad. I looked at scoring and:
- 18 of the 36 holes have been ‘par or better (2 birdies). I’ve also had 11 bogeys. I’m good with that ratio.
- The fly-in-the-ointment in these two rounds have been 6 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey. For me, birdies are hard to come by; to flush them away with haphazard play is disconcerting and inexcusable.
- The 7th and 17th holes have accounted for four of these seven abominations.
I’ll see if I can get focused on those two holes in Thursday’s round. I have only a few more weeks to get thins tidied up before I put my clubs away for the season.