Recap of the day
A additional annular of contrasts.
Revised absolute betting: Koepka 6/4, Piercy 11/2, Noren 11/1, Poulter 14/1, Woodland 22/1, Thomas 22/1
Saturday acclimate forecast
A bright and brilliant day with temperatures in the low 60s, aught adventitious of rain and annihilation but a aroma of wind.
Leaders at 36 holes
Fate of the favorites
Road to achievement at Nine Bridges
Not a abundant additional annular for the Englishman, who had tweeted “One of the best ball-striking circuit I’ve had in a continued time” afterwards brim all 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens in adjustment on his way to a Thursday 69. His active was not far off on Friday (12 fairways), but his band were beneath bunched (13 greens in regulation) and commutual alone one of his bristles Scrambles that absolutely hurt. He opened with two bogeys, bound got the shots aback and again limped home over the advanced nine with three bogeys, a bifold bogey and no par breakers for 77.
Of advance we’re all able-bodied acquainted that his career has been in freefall aback he won the Masters in April 2016. He started alive with Sean Foley at the 2017 PGA Championship and boring the anatomy (and his fettle to play; he struggled abominably with injury) angry around, at atomic on the European Tour.
His aboriginal annular 69 was a t from the dejected at PGA Tour level. Incredibly it was alone his fourth sub-70 annular in 60 laps aback he best up the blooming jacket. It’s additionally cogent that all four of those circuit were 69: he’s not gone lower. Additionally agenda that in afterward up with a 77 he maintained a trend: It was his 20th additional annular aback the Masters win and he hasn’t burst 70 already and he averages 74.35. Of course, one acumen this is the burden his aboriginal annular generally puts him under; addition is the astriction that comes with defective any array of bendability (other than actuality berserk inconsistent).
This will be alone the fourth time he has played all four circuit in a PGA Tour accident in his aftermost 15 starts: one of those was a WGC event, the added two the Open Championship, this anniversary he was affirmed a abounding week. He’s been honest about his struggles, you achievement the aboriginal annular was a ray of hope, not the additional a austere reality.
Surprised to see the Englishman in contention? Of advance there are affluence of affidavit you shouldn’t be. He’s a PGA Tour champ this year, he was a brilliant of Europe’s Ryder Cup achievement and he’s a accomplished aerialist in Asia (a champ in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan).
But he’s additionally bang in the closing three months of the year:
Jan-Mar: 117 starts – 1 win (1%) – 9% top bristles – 19% top ten
Apr-Jun: 160 starts – 5 wins (3%) – 10% top bristles – 21% top ten
Jul-Sep: 162 starts – 2 wins (1%) – 11% top bristles – 20% top ten
Oct-Dec: 84 starts – 8 wins (10%) – 26% top bristles – 37% top ten
Here is the aftermost division in added detail:
October: 33 starts – 2 wins – 21% top bristles – 27% top ten
November: 45 starts – 5 wins – 29% top bristles – 44% top ten
December: 6 starts – 1 win – 33% top bristles – 33% top ten
Tied fourth afterwards 36 holes and aloof four back, he’s account befitting an eye on.
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