8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby PointGuard » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:03 pm

This unique tournament is one in which eight specially-selected players will play one round at each of 8 championship courses playing from the black tees.

Final placing will be based on total strokes for the 8 rounds. Monetary winnings following conclusion of the 8 rounds will be awarded as follows:

1st place-$1.25 million
2nd place-$875K
3rd place-$725K
4th place-$600K
5th place-$500K
6th place-$425K
7th place-$375K
8th place-$350K

In addition the winner of each of the eight rounds will receive an additional $100K (if players tie for 1st in a round, winner of that round will be decided by a sudden-death playoff). Any golfer scoring a hole-in-one will also be awarded an additional $50K.
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Re: 8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby Rizzo » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:58 am

Pretty cool idea. I'll be following this. How are you putting this together?

Also, do you think that a multiplayer league would be feasible for this sim engine? I can't help but think it would work, but wanted to pick your brain on how you think it would work.
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Re: 8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby PointGuard » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:53 pm

Rizzo wrote:Pretty cool idea. I'll be following this. How are you putting this together?

Also, do you think that a multiplayer league would be feasible for this sim engine? I can't help but think it would work, but wanted to pick your brain on how you think it would work.

I'm running this using Quick Play.

At first my plan was to just pick the golfers I wanted and have the AI play for each one. But...Quick Play runs too rapidly when all golfers in a round are controlled by the AI...you just can't analzyze what's going on hole-by-hole and jot down notes. (I've sent Gary a suggestion that he add a "stop" and "resume" button for Quick Play...not sure how much work that would be for him though.)

So, I am now running this tournament with two golfers (2 of my chosen 8) on AI control and picking another golfer (who isn't one of the chosen 8) under human control. That way the action stops each time my human controlled player has to take a shot and I can see what the other two golfers did and make notes as necessary. Of course, I have to do 4 rounds of this for every one round that I will be reporting...so expect this report to unfold here in the forum rather slowwwlllyyyy.)

As to multiplayer...I've never done multiplayer in any sim game, so I'm probably not the person to ask. I think it's a worthy topic for this forum though, so I suggest you create a thread to get others' to comment and also to see if there is any interest in it.
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Re: 8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby Rizzo » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:59 pm

Sounds like a lot of work but it will be great to see how it plays out!
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Re: 8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby PointGuard » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:13 am

THE COURSES:

One round will be played on each of the following 8 courses:

Round 1: Desert Creek Golf Club
Round 2: Pacific Ocean Links
Round 3: Farmingdale Municipal
Round 4: Wolverine Golf Club
Round 5: Florida Bay
Round 6: The Pines Club
Round 7: Carmel Bay
Round 8: Hilton Head Golf Club



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Re: 8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby PointGuard » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:34 pm

The Competitors:

Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson
Rory McIlroy
Phil Mickelson
Justin Rose
Jordan Spieth
Bubba Watson
Tiger Woods
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Re: 8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby PointGuard » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:50 am

Round #1 of 8 @ Desert Creek Golf Club (sunny with 5-10 mph wind)

Pairings:

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy
Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson
Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia
Tiger Woods and Justin Rose

Hole-by-hole highlights:

Hole #1 (par 4)
Jordan Spieth’s drive went to the left of the stream into the deep rough between the stream and trees. His 9 iron was a spectacular recovery shot to within 3 feet of the hole and he sunk his putt for a birdie.
Bubba Watson drove his first shot into the right rough near the trees but with an open shot to the green. He used a 7-iron for a beautiful approach shot to within 9 feet of the cup, but rimmed out his putt and had to accept a par.
Justin Rose’s tee shot went to the left of the stream into deep rough. He used a 9-iron to reach the green 20 feet from the hole. He 2-putted to save par.
[1 birdie and 7 pars for average of 3.875 on this hole]

Hole #2 (par 4)
Spieth’s drive went into the deep rough to the right of the fairway in the trees. He recovered nicely with a 5-iron just beyond the green. He chipped onto the green about 10 feet from the hole but 2 putted for a bogie.
Rory McIlroy’s drive also went into the trees to the right of the fairway. He hit a beautiful 6-iron onto the green about 30 feet from the hole. He 2-putted for a scrambling birdie.
Watson drove down the center of the fairway and then hit an 8-iron 12 feet from the hole. He holed out his putt for a birdie.
[2 birdies, 1 bogie, and 5 pars for average of 3.875 on this hole]

Hole #3 (par 4)
Spieth continued to drive wildly and this time to the far left of the fairway into the rough. He used a 3-wood to get onto the front edge of the green about 55 feet from the hole. He 2-putted for a par.
McIlroy used a driver and 5-iron to get to 18 feet from the hole and sunk his putt for a birdie.
Dustin Johnson’s 2nd shot hit the green but rolled over it. His chip shot left him 24 feet away from which he 2-putted for a bogie.
Phil Mickelson used a driver and 5-iron to get onto the green in 2 and then sunk an 17 footer for a birdie.
Rose hit a 5-iron from the center of the fairway on his 2nd shot but ran it long and had to chip back onto the green. Rose was left with a 15-foot putt that he sunk for a par.
After a nice drive down the center of the fairway, Tiger Woods’ 6-iron left him 18 feet from the cup. He drained the long putt for a birdie.
[3 birdies, 1 bogie, and 4 for average of 3.750 pars on this hole]

Hole #4 (par 5)
McIlroy’s driver took him into the rough to the right of the fairway and it took him 3 shots to get onto the green. But he had a very short putt that he made to save a birdie.
Mickelson’s drive went 303 yards into the right rough near the trees but he was able to use a 3-wood to return to the middle of the fairway and he was able to chip on and 2-putt to save a par.
Johnson reached the green in 2 and 2-putted for a birdie.
Watson’s 2nd shot (a 5-iron) went into the trees on the right side of the fairway but he was able to clear the branches with a sand wedge and landed just left of the green. He chipped onto the green 3 feet from the cup and made his putt for a par.
On his 3rd shot, Rose used a wedge from 85 yards away and left it 3 feet from the hole. He then made the short putt for a birdie.
[3 birdies and 5 pars for average of 4.625 on this hole]

Hole #5 (par 3)
McIlroy’s 9-iron left him a little short and right of the green, but he chipped to within 3 feet of the hole and made his putt for a birdie.
Johnson’s 5-iron was on the green but 75 feet from the hole. He stroked a nice putt that left him with a 3-footer for a par.
Watson holed out a 12 foot putt for a birdie.
[2 birdies and 6 pars for average of 2.750 on this hole]

Hole #6 (par 4)
After two drives down the middle, Spieth again drove into the right rough on this hole. His 2nd shot was onto the green but about 60 feet from the hole. He 2-putted to save par.
Johnson drove into the left rough but had a clear 2nd shot so that his 3-wood reached the front edge of the green. He 2-putted for a par.
Woods missed the green to the right with his 5-iron. He then placed his chip shot a few feet from the hole and made the putt for a par.
Rose’s 4-iron landed 12 feet from the hole and he sunk the putt for his 2nd straight birdie.
[1 birdies and 7 for average of 3.875 pars on this hole]

Hole #7 (par 5)
McIlroy’s drive went into he right rough, but his 2nd shot was right into the middle of the fairway leaving him a short wedge shot onto the green so that he was able to get a par.
Sergio Garcia’s 3-wood off the tee left him in the left rough. But he recovered to get onto the green in 3 with a short putt which he made for a birdie.
Also on in 3 but 33 feet away, Watson bogied after 3-putting.
Rose teed off with a driver into the right bunker. His 2-iron out of the trap left him 65 yards short of the hole. He used an 8-iron to get to the green. He 3-putted for a bogie.
Woods driver went near the trees on the right side. His 3-wood left him under a tree on the right side. He had to punch it out to get back into the fairway and then chip onto the green. He was left with 6-footer which he made for a par.
Rose also drove near the trees on the right side. His 3-wood went well down the fairway, but it took 2 chip shots for him to get onto the green. He missed a 15-foot putt and had to settle for a 2nd straight bogie.
[1 birdie, 3 bogies, and 4 pars for average of 5.250 on this hole]

Hole #8 (par 3)
McIlroy hit a 5-iron onto the green and sunk a 27 foot putt for a birdie.
Spieth’s 4-iron went left of the green. He chipped onto the green but 2-putted from 17 feet for a bogie.
Johnson’s 6-iron left him 21 feet from the hole and he drilled in the putt for a birdie.
Woods’ 6-iron went to the right of the green, but he chipped to within 3 feet. He dropped in the putt for a par.
Rose used a 5-iron that went to the left of the green. He also hit a nice chip shot to about 3 feet from the cup and he drained the short putt for a par.
[2 birdies, 1 bogie, and 5 pars for average of 2.875 on this hole]

Hole #9 (par 4)
Both Woods and Rose were on the green in 2. Woods holed out a 12-footer and Rose a 6-footer for birdies.
[2 birdies and 6 pars for average of 3.750 on this hole]

Scores after completion of the front 9:
McIlroy—2 under par
Spieth—1 over par
Johnson—1 under par
Mickelson—1 under par
Watson—1 under par
Garcia—1 under par
Woods—2 under par
Rose—1 under par

Hole #10 (par 4)
McIlroy’s drive was into the rough well to the left of the fairway. His 6-iron got him onto the green about 30 feet from the hole and he 2-putted for a par.
Watson’s tee shot went into the sand trap on the right side. He used a 6-iron but went into the deep rough to the right of the green. His wedge shot went onto the green 15 feet away and he sunk his putt to save par.
Rose drove into the left rough and his 5-iron left him well short of the green. He chipped on with a 7-iron to about 3 feet from the hole from which he was able to save par.
Woods drove into the sand trap on the right side of the fairway. But his 2-iron from the bunker left him 6 feet from the hole and he sunk his putt for a birdie.
[1 birdies and 7 pars for average of 3.875 on this hole]

Hole #11 (par 4)
Johnson’s driver left him in the left rough but with a clear wedge shot to the green. He chipped to within 3 feet of the hole and holed out for a par.
Mickelson played it safe leaving himself about 60 yards shy of the green and his wedge shot then left him 25 feet from the hole. He 2-putted for a bogie.
Rose was safely on the green in 2 and sunk a 15 footer for a birdie.
[1 birdie, 1 bogie, and 6 pars for average of 4.000 on this hole]

Hole #12 (par 4)
McIlroy’s drive went into the right rough but he got onto the green with a sand wedge and finished with a par.
Mickelson drove it nicely up the middle of the fairway, but his wedge missed the green to the right. He chipped it to a within a couple feet of the hole and then holed out to save a par.
Watson’s driver took him into the right rough near the trees. He cleared the trees with a wedge but had to chip onto the green from the right side. He 2-putted to get a bogie.
Woods drove down the right side of the fairway and used a wedge to get within 3 feet. He sank his putt for a birdie.
[1 birdie, 1 bogie, and 6 pars for average of 4.000 on this hole]

Hole #13 (par 3)
Johnson’s 3-wood was hole high 24 feet to the right. He sunk the putt for a birdie.
Garcia’s tee shot went far to the right of the green into the rough. He chipped on but his 8 foot putt slid by the hole. He tapped in for a bogie.
Woods 3-wood left him just off the green to the left. He chipped on and sank a 2-foot putt for par.
Rose hit a driver between trees to the left of the green. He punched onto the green. He was left with a 6-foot putt which he made for a par.
[1 birdie, 1 bogie, and 6 pars for average of 3.000 on this hole]

Hole #14 (par 4)
Watson drove down the middle and then hit a 5-iron to within 2 feet of the hole. He sunk his putt for a nice birdie.
[1 birdie and 7 pars for average of 3.875 on this hole]

Hole #15 (par 4)
Johnson’s 2nd shot, a 5-iron, was just beyond and to the left of the green. His wedge left him 14 feet from the hole. He 2-putted for a par.
Mickelson was on in two and sunk a 12 footer for a birdie.
Watson’s drive was into the fairway, but his 5-iron approach shot found the stream in front of the green. With his penalty he scored a double-bogie 6.
Garcia’s 2nd shot was to the left of the green. He chipped on but then 2-putted for a bogie.
Woods’ drive hooked left across the steam and into deep rough but in front of trees. His 3-iron was a remarkable recovery shot that hit on the front edge of the green and rolled to 6 feet from the hole. His putt went straight into the hole for a birdie.
Following a nice drive into the fairway, Rose’s 6-iron approach shot went into the rough just off the green to the left. He chipped to within 8 feet and made the putt to gain a par.
[2 birdies, 1 bogie, 1 double bogie, and 4 pars for average of 4.125 on this hole]

Hole #16 (par 5)
McIlroy’s driver went into the trap to the right of the fairway. He used a 2-iron and then an 8-iron to get him onto the green 18 feet from the hole and sunk the long putt for a birdie.
Johnson’s first shot was in the left rough near the fairway and his 2nd shot was in the right rough just off the fairway. His wedge left him 35 feet away. He laid it up and sunk his short putt for a par.
Watson’s 2nd shot (a 3-wood) went into he right rough short of the green. He chipped on and 2-putted to save par.
Garcia was on in 3 but 3-putted from 25 feet to record a bogie.
On in 3 with a 9-footer for a birdie, Woods rimmed out and had to settle for a par.
[1 birdie, 1 bogie, and 6 pars for average of 5.000 on this hole]

Hole #17 (par 3)
Johnson’s first shot was a beauty and he then made his short 6 foot putt for a birdie.
Both Garcia and Watson had to chip on after their tee shots left them just off the green. They both were able to sink their resulting putts to get pars.
Rose hit an 8-iron to about 6 feet from the hole and made his putt for a birdie.
[2 birdies and 6 pars for average of 2.750 on this hole]

Hole #18 (par 5)
Spieth’s 2nd shot went into the trees to the left of the fairway, but he hit a nice 6-iron onto the green and two-putted from about 30 feet for a par completing a round with 2 bogies, but just 1 birdie.
McIlroy was onto the green in 2 and then 2-putted from about 25 feet away to record a nice birdie to cap a round with 4 birdies and no bogies.
Johnson drove into the left rough and then his hybrid 2nd shot went into the trees on the left of the fairway. He had to play it safe back into the fairway and then chip on. He 2-putted for a bogie. His round included 5 birdies and 3 bogies.
Mickelson drove just the right of the fairway, but he then cut the corner with his 2nd shot to land just off the green. He chipped close to the hole and drained the putt for a birdie to complete his round that had no bogies and 3 birdies.
Watson hit his driver into the right rough. He played a beautiful 4-iron that cut across the water onto the green to within 6 feet of the cup. He drained his putt for an eagle. That finished a wild round of an eagle, 3 birdies, 2 bogies, and a double bogie.
Garcia’s driver went into the trap to the left of the fairway. His 2-iron carried him into the trees short and to the left of the green. He punched it through to find the green on his 3rd shot. He 2-putted to save par. After a clean front nine with 1 birdie, his back nine was ragged with 3 bogies.
Woods hit his drive into the left bunker. He used a 6-iron to move back into the fairway. That left him 100 yards from paydirt, but his wedge flew over the green and he had to chip back onto the green. He dropped in a short putt to scramble for a par. He put together a great round with 5 birdies and no bogies.
Rose put a nice drive down the middle of the fairway and then hit a gutsy 2-iron across the water and onto the green. His 18-foot putt went 6 feet beyond the hole but he then holed out for a birdie. His 6 birdies were offset by 2 bogies.
[1 eagle, 4 birdies, 1 bogie, and 2 pars for average of 4.375 on this hole]

Scores after completion of the round:

Woods—67 (5 under par)—Earns $100,000 for winning the round
McIlroy—68 (4 under par)
Rose—68 (4 under par)
Mickelson—69 (3 under par)
Johnson—70 (2 under par)
Watson—71 (1 under par)
Spieth—73 (1 over par)
Garcia—74 (2 over par)


[Average score for this round: 70.000]

The 8-by-8 Tournament’s golf analyst Hemsley Tomlinson said, “Watching these four 2-somes battle along the course today was a lot of fun. Some great golf out there. And the winner was in doubt until the final hole by the final 2-some. Tiger’s clean round with 5 birdies deserved top billing. But McIlroy and Mickelson also had clean rounds, just not quite as many birdies. Rose’s 6 birdies showed he was fighting to win this all the way, but his aggressiveness led to the 2 bogies that cost him the win. Johnson and Watson both played well but had some raggedness throughout their rounds. Spieth just never seemed to get untracked this round, but look for him to come on strong on the upcoming courses. And Garcia was in it until he fell apart a little on the back nine. We now move on to Pacific Ocean Links which is an entirely different course, so we’ll see who handles that challenge the best. I’m looking forward to it!”
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Re: 8-by-8 PGA All-Star Tournament

Postby 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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