Ryo Ishikawa reaps the reward of solid play to lead the Quicken Loans National at the half-way point on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.
Ryo, from Japan, added a -3 under par 68 to his opening 63 to lead the Quicken Loans National with a -11 under par tournament total.
Ryo has a number in his head that he thinks will win this competition, and he is focusing on that;
“My goal for this weekend is like 15 under, 16 under.”
“So I’m just here focused on that number.”
Tied in second place at -10 under par are Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell.
Rickie said the difference between the two days was that today the putts dropped in, he birdied the last three holes today;
“Probably hit it worse today.”
“I wouldn’t say I putted any better, just happened to get some that went in.”
“When the putter gets going the confidence level is about as high as it can be. Really looking forward to the weekend.”
“Wasn’t great by any means out there but it was nice to continue to move forward and get a bit out of the round, and really it all just came down to the last three holes.”
David Lingmerth occupies fourth place on his own, a -6 under par 65 today gives him a -9 under par total.
Tiger Woods continued his upwards progress, a -5 under par 66 today has moved him into a tie for fifth place at -8 under par, along with a whole bunch of other guys.
One fluffed tee shot today, on the par five 15th;
“A big, high draw that went about 90 yards.”
“It got me going a little bit, it kind of got me kick-started a little bit, got me a little fired up. I really hit it good from there.”
“Got me a little more focused on what I’m doing out there instead of just hitting a shot.”
“People want the immediate fix, the one tip that’s going to work for the rest of their life.”
“It doesn’t work that way. It takes time to build it. I feel like I can still compete and win.”
“A year-and-a-half ago, I won five times. I think that’s a pretty good number. It’s not that long ago that I was Player of the Year.”
“Eventually I’ll climb back.”