by **PointGuard** » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:41 am

Round 2 of 8 @ Pacific Ocean Links (light rain with 0-5 mph wind)

Pairings:

Justin Rose and Bubba Watson

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth

Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson

Hole-by-hole Highlights:

Hole #1 (par 4)

Bubba Watson’s 3-wood and 6-iron kept him in the right rough so that he needed to chip onto the green with his 3rd shot. He then 2-putted for a bogie.

Rory McIlroy drove a 3-wood straight down the fairway about 120 yards from the hole and then stroked the ball with a sand wedge to within 2 feet of the hole. He sunk the putt for a birdie.

Jordan Spieth’s tee shot was in the fairway but far to the left. He then used a sand wedge but hit it into the sand trap to the left of the hole. He chipped on but missed a 15 foot putt and then tapped in for a bogie.

Sergio Garcia hit a 3-wood into the right rough. His 2nd shot also was in the right rough short of the green. He chipped on but missed a 15-footer and had to tap in for a bogie.

[1 birdie, 4 pars, and 3 bogies for average of 4.250 on this hole]

Hole #2 (par 4)

McIlroy used a 3-wood and then a lob wedge to land his ball 18 feet from the hole. He then sunk a beautiful putt for his 2nd straight birdie.

[1 birdie and 7 pars for average of 3.875 on this hole]

Hole #3 (par 5)

Justin Rose used a driver and 3-wood to reach the left edge of the green in 2. Watson also reached the green in 2 after a nice drive and 4-iron approach shot. Both 2-putted to achieve birdies.

Following a tee shot with a driver and a hybrid from the middle of the fairway, Phil Mickelson was on the green in two, lying just 16 feet to the right of the hole. He 2-putted for a birdie.

Spieth was on the green in 3, but just 6 feet from the hole. He holed out for a birdie.

Dustin Johnson chipped to within 3 feet on his 3rd shot and sunk the easy putt for a birdie.

Garcia’s 2nd shot was just to the left of the green and he chipped to 6 feet from the hole. He sank his putt for a birdie.

[ 6 birdies and 2 pars for average of 4.250 on this hole]

Hole #4 (par 4)

After a decent drive into the fairway, Rose’s 5-iron left him to the left and just beyond the green. He chipped on and 2-putted for a bogie.

Mickelson followed a nice drive in the middle of the fairway with a 6-iron shot onto the green. He made his 6-foot putt for a 2nd straight birdie.

Spieth’s 2nd shot with a 6-iron went to the left of the green. He chipped on but missed an 18 foot putt and had to settle for a bogie.

On the green in 3, Garcia sank a 15 foot putt to save par.

[1 birdie, 5 pars, and 2 bogies for average of 3.875 on this hole]

Hole #5 (par 3)

Rose’s 5-iron carried him into the sand trap to the left of the green. He chipped on and then from 30 feet away, he 3-putted for a bogie.

Tiger Woods 5-iron tee shot landed on the green 18 feet from the hole. He rolled in the putt for a birdie.

McIlroy’s 6-iron went to the right of the green. He chipped on but missed a 15-footer and then tapped in for a bogie.

Mickelson’s 4-iron from the tee went into the right trap. He chipped on but missed a 10 foot putt and then tapped in for a bogie.

[1 birdie, 4 pars, and 3 bogies for average of 3.250 on this hole]

Hole #6 (par 4)

Watson’s wedge shot put him 6 feet from the hole. He sank the putt for a birdie.

Rose also was on in 2 but 30 feet from the hole. He had 2 horrible putts before finally sinking one for a bogie.

Wood’s hybrid went straight down the middle but his lob wedge landed on the green 21 feet to the left of the hole. His read the green perfectly, though, and sunk the long putt for his 2nd consecutive birdie.

Spieth used a hybrid and lob wedge to reach the left side of the green. He then sunk a beautiful 30-foot putt for a birdie.

Johnson used a 2-iron and then a 6-iron to get onto the green just 6 feet from the hole. He sank his putt for a birdie.

[4 birdies, 3 pars, and 1 bogie for average of 3.625 on this hole]

Hole #7 (par 4)

Watson’s 2nd shot, a 6-iron came up way short of the green and then his wedge left him 36 feet from the cup. It took him 3 putts to put in the hole resulting in a double bogie.

Rose 5-iron went far to the left of the green on his 2nd shot. Then his chip shot left him about 14 feet away from where he 2-putted for a bogie.

Mickelson’s drive went near the trees on the right. His 2-iron shot took him across the green and into the rough to the left of the green. He chipped on but missed a 10 foot putt and tapped in to record a bogie.

Garcia’s drive left him partially obstructed by trees on the left side of the fairway. He then cleared the trees with a 6-iron but came up short of the green. His chip shot then left him 12 feet from the hole but his putt came up short and he had to tap in for a bogie.

[4 pars, 3 bogies, and 1 double bogie for average of 4.625 on this hole]

Hole #8 (par 4)

Watson’s driver went into the right rough. His 9-iron came up short of the hole and he chipped to about 15 feet away. He then 2-putted for a bogie.

Rose was on in 2 and sank a 6-foot putt for a birdie.

It took 3 shots for Woods to get on the green. Then his 10 footer rimmed out and he had to tap in for a bogie.

Mickelson hit his tee shot into the rough just to the right of the fairway. His 9-iron shot missed the green to the right. His chip shot left him 12 feet from the hole. He two-putted for yet another bogie, his 3rd in 4 holes.

[1 birdie, 4 pars, and 3 bogies for average of 4.250 on this hole]

Hole #9 (par 4)

Rose again was onto the green in 2 and dropped a 9-foot putt into the hole for a 2nd straight birdie.

Spieth his a nice drive into the center of the fairway and used a sand wedge to get to the green. Faced with a 30 foot putt, he drilled it in for yet another nice birdie.

After a drive straight down the middle of the fairway, Garcia’s pitching wedge dropped to within 6 feet of the hole. He dropped in the putt for a birdie.

[3 birdies and 5 pars for average of 3.625 on this hole]

Scores after completion of the front 9:

Watson—3 over par

Rose—even par

McIlroy—1 under par

Woods—1 under par

Mickelson—1 over par

Spieth—1 under par

Johnson—2 under par

Garcia—even par

Hole #10 (par 3)

McIlroy started the back 9 as he’d started the front 9…with a birdie after sinking a challenging 21 foot putt.

Mickelson hit his 4-iron inside of 10 feet of the hole and sunk his putt for a birdie.

Garcia took 2 shots to get onto the green and then missed a 9 footer. He finished with a bogie.

[2 birdies, 5 pars, and 1 bogie for average of 2.875 on this hole]

Hole #11 (par 3)

Watson was on the green with his tee shot, 25 feet away. He then 3-putted for a bogie.

Johnson’s 9 iron left him 30 feet short of the hole, but he sank the long putt for a birdie.

[1 birdie, 6 pars, and 1 bogie for average of 3.000 on this hole]

Hole #12 (par 5)

Watson and Rose both reached the green in 2 shots. Rose then sank his putt for an eagle. Watson 2-putted for a birdie.

McIlroy hit his tee shot into the right rough. He got back into the fairway with a hybrid shot and they chipped onto the green. He then holed out a 15-footer for a birdie.

Mickelson drove down the middle of the fairway and his 2nd shot was just off the green to the right. He chipped to about 6 feet from the hole and sunk his putt for a birdie.

Garcia was on in 2 but had a long 50 foot putt. He rolled it within 3 feet and sunk that putt for a birdie.

Johnson was also on in 2 but just 10 feet from the hole. He 2-putted for a birdie.

[5 birdies and 3 pars for average of 4.375 on this hole]

Hole #13 (par 4)

Garcia was on the green in 2 but 27 feet away. He drilled that putt for a birdie.

Johnson’s driver left him on the extreme left side of the fairway but his 9-iron approach shot rolled to 3 feet from the hole. He holed out for a birdie.

[2 birdies and 6 pars for average of 3.750 on this hole]

Hole #14 (par 3)

Spieth’s 9-iron landed 6 feet from the hole and he dropped in his putt for a birdie.

[1 birdie and 7 pars for average of 2.875 on this hole]

Hole #15 (par 5)

Rose’s tee shot went into the left rough just off the fairway. He was on the green in 3 and made a 15 foot putt for a birdie.

Watson reached the green on his 2nd shot. He then drained a long 27 foot putt for an eagle.

McIlroy blasted his tee shot down the middle and then put his ball on the green 10 feet from the hole with a green 3-iron approach shot. He missed a 10-foot putt but then tapped in for a birdie as his blazing back 9 continued.

Mickelson used a driver and 3-wood to get just off the green on the right side. His chip shot left him 6 feet from the hole and he holed out for a birdie.

Johnson used a driver and hybrid to get with 20 feet of the hole. He badly misread his first putt leaving him a 9 foot recovery which he sunk for a birdie.

[1 eagle, 4 birdies and 3 pars for average of 4.250 on this hole]

Hole #16 (par 4)

Garcia drove short but then used a lob wedge to leave the ball 24 feet from the hole. He rolled in the long putt for a birdie.

Johnson’s 3-wood went right down the middle, but he shanked a 7 iron leaving him well short of the hole. He chipped onto the green 14 feet from the hole but 2-putted for a bogie.

[1 birdie, 6 pars, and 1 bogie for average of 4.000 on this hole]

Hole #17 (par 3)

[8 pars for average of 3.000 on this hole]

Hole #18 (par 5)

Watson’s tee shot went into the trees on the right side. He had to punch it out to get back into the fairway and then his 6-iron came up short of the green. He chipped onto the green on his 4th shot. But he sank a 12 footer to save par. His round included an eagle, 3 birdies, 4 bogies, and a double bogie.

Rose got onto the green in 3 and then from 42 feet, 2-putted for a par to complete a round with an eagle, 4 birdies, and 3 bogies.

Woods drive went deep into the woods on the right side so that he had to punch back out on the fairway with a 6-iron and then use a hybrid to reach the green on his 3rd shot. But he was 60 feet away. He 3-putted for a bogie, thus spoiling a back 9 that had been all pars to that point. He finished the round with 2 birdies and 2 bogies.

McIlroy was on the green in 3 and 2-putted for a par. With his sterling play on the back nine, Rory’s round included 5 birdies and 1 bogie.

Mickelson reached the green in 3 and 2-putted for a par. He had a strong back nine with 3 birdies to finish the round with 5 birdies and 3 bogies.

Spieth had a long approach shot to get on in 3 but did so. He then 2-putted to save par. He finished the round with 4 birdies and 2 bogies.

Garcia hit a nice drive right down the middle. His 2-iron went into the short rough just off the left of the fairway. His sand wedge left him 45 feet from the hole. His putt went well beyond the hole leaving him with a 10 foot comebacker which he missed. He tapped in to get a bogie. His rather erratic round finished with 5 birdies and 4 bogies.

Johnson stung the ball driving it way down the center of the fairway. He used a 4-iron and 7-iron to get on the green. His 25 foot putt missed badly leaving him with a 12 footer which he failed to convert. He then tapped in for a bogie. After getting 6 birdies in the first 15 holes, he had 2 bogies in the final 3 holes.

[5 pars and 3 bogies for average of 5.375 on this hole]

Sudden Death: Rory McIlroy vs Dustin Johnson

Hole 1 (par 4): McIlroy’s 3-wood drive went into the trees on the right side of the fairway. Johnson’s 3-wood drive right down the middle. McIlroy punched through the trees with an 8 iron that left him just off the green on the right side. Johnson landed on the left side of the green with his sand wedge. McIlroy chipped onto the green just 3 feet from the hole. Johnson missed a 20 foot putt and tapped in. Both parred.

Hole 2 (par 4): McIlroy’s 3-wood went right down the middle and Johnson also used a 3-wood to drive about the same distance but on the left side of the fairway. Johnson used a sand wedge to get onto the green 30 feet short of the hole. McIlroy used a lob wedge landing 16 feet right of the hole. Both 2-putted for pars.

Hole 3 (par 5): McIlroy used a 3-wood and Johnson a driver to land about the same distance out, but whereas Johnson was in the middle of the fairway, McIlroy was in the light rough on the right side. McIlroy’s hybrid left him well short of the green. Johnson hit a 3 iron 25 feet left of the hole. McIlroy’s 3rd shot was a pitching wedge that left him 10 feet short of the hole. Johnson’s putt on his 3rd stroke came up 6 feet short. McIlroy’s 4th stroke just missed going down. On Johnson’s 4th stroke, he rolled the ball in for the sudden death win.

Scores after completion of the round:

Dustin Johnson—67 (4 under par) (*won sudden death on 3rd hole)-- Earns $100,000 for winning the round

Rory McIlroy—67 (4 under par)

Justin Rose—68 (3 under par)

Phil Mickelson—69 (2 under par)

Jordan Spieth—69 (2 under par)

Sergio Garcia—70 (1 under par)

Tiger Woods—71 (even par)

Bubba Watson—72 (1 over par)

[Average score for round: 69.500]

Total Strokes after 2 rounds:

Rory McIlroy—135

Justin Rose—136

Dustin Johnson--137

Phil Mickelson--138

Tiger Woods—138

Jordan Spieth—142

Bubba Watson—143

Sergio Garcia—144

Earnings thus far:

Tiger Woods--$100,000

Dustin Johson--$100,000

Hemsley Tomlinson, the 8-by-8 Tournament’s golf analyst, said, "Dustin Johnson seemed like he was in control and would win this tournament outright, but then choked on the final 3 holes to drop into a tie with Rory McIlroy, who had played in the 2nd two-some and had finished his round earlier. Both played the first two holes of the sudden death conservatively. iIt was surprising to see Rory get into trouble on his drive on the 3rd playoff hole since he used a 3-wood rather than a driver. Dustin took advantage of that error and edged him out. With all 8 golfers within 5 strokes of each other, this was a very competitive and exciting round in the 8-by-8 Tournament. From here it's on to Farmington Municipal for the 3rd round of the tournament."

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