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OHL CLassic, Mayakoba Mayhem as Play Suspended Again.

Play in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico was suspended for the second day, causing mayhem with the playing schedule. More than 4 inches of rain has hit the course since Wednesday afternoon and only 29 of the 127 players were able to complete the second round.

No rain on their parade

Kevin Stadler & Robert Karlsson / Getty Images.

At the suspension of play, due to darkness,  Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler were tied for the lead at -12 under par. Robert played 36 holes Friday, shooting an -8 under par 63 in the rain-delayed first round and then adding a -4 under par 67 in the afternoon on Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course. He  intends to play on the European Tour, where he is fully exempt thanks to winning the Order of Merit in 2008;

“They gave me 10 years, I was the last one. After being through what I’ve been through, I don’t care what kind of status I have. As long as I can play golf tournaments and I can play in Europe, the most important thing is to just build good habits. If I do that I will be fine and if I don’t play well, it won’t matter what status I have because I won’t be playing the weekends anyway. Life is up and down, isn’t it, sometimes everything seems easy and sometimes it seems impossible. It feels possible again, and it has felt that way for a while, probably 6-8 weeks.”

Kevin had rounds of -4 under par 67 and a – 8 under par 63 in a 34-hole day. He birdied five of the last seven holes in the second round. He is thinking about what it would be like if he won and earned a coveted Masters invite;

 “It’s not anything I thought about while I’m playing, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it on Saturday night. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t happen, but I’d love to get the chance to play while my dad is still playing. That would be pretty cool.”

Rory Sabbatini and Chris Stroud are currently tied in second place  at -9 under par. Rory had one hole left when play was suspended, and Chris still had three to go.

Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas, Pat Perez and Jay McLuen were  at -8 under par, Ryan and Jhonattan have completed their second rounds, while Pat and Jay still have four holes to play.

RBC Heritage. Three Tied at the Top, in Storm Hit Harbour Town.

Play has been suspended for the day with three players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the RBC Heritage on the Harbour Town Golf Links, at the rain affected end of the day. Kevin Streelman, Charley Hoffman and Steve LeBrun are at -6 under par for the competition.

Trio at the top

Steve LeBrun, Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman / Lecka / Getty Images

In the wet, windy and difficult conditions Kevin and Charley both had second rounds of -1 under par, 70 for their totals, with Steve LeBrun shooting a second round -3 under par 68.

Luke Donald also had second round of -3 under par, and shares T4 with Bill Haas, who came home in -2 under par for the day, both of them at -5 under par.

The next group of players, seven in all, are at -4 under par, they are all handily placed to go forward in this competition tomorrow. They are; Johnson Wagner, Rory Sabbatini, Graeme McDowell, D.H. Lee, Pat Perez, and two Aussies, Stuart Appleby and Marc Leishman. All these players are in the clubhouse, but the cut line has still to be determined  with 17 players still to complete their second rounds. The current cut line is at +1 over par, but could easily move to +2.

Pat Perez said his trying to stay calm;

” I’m trying to stay level, which is always, for me, trying to stay on a high, I’ve really worked hard on it this year. I don’t have the ups and downs. It’s hard, especially for me, because I’ve done it my whole life. But to say, that’s not going to bring me down, let’s try to make 5 instead of 6. And the next hole it’s basically done. I didn’t think I’d make a lot of birdies, but I seem to be hitting it closer than I ever have out here.”

One of those players teetering on the current cut line at +1 over par is Jesper Parnevik, and he is on the 18th hole with an agonising five foot putt left for his par. If he misses that tomorrow, he would drop to +2 over and that would move the cut to that number as well.

Obviously there are other players on the course who could make a birdie and change things back again, it will be a very interesting early start tomorrow.

Of those who have definitely missed the cut are; Vijay Singh +4, Ernie Els +4, John Daly +10, those are just a couple of the higher profile guys who have struggled in this competition.

Deutsche Bank Championship, Rory McIlroy leads afte the second round.

Rory setting the pace

World #1 Rory McIlroy/Rogash/Getty Images

World #1 Rory McIlroy has taken over at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Rory was very pleased with his performance, another round of 65, for a tournament total of -12 under par, and is looking forward to the weekend;

“Pleased with where I am, and looking forward to the weekend.”

Alone in second place is another Major winner, Louis Oosthuizen, who also had a second round 65, to go with his first round 66 for total of -11 under par. Louis spoke about his playing partner for Sunday;

“Obviously he’s playing really well, and it’s always nice playing with him, he’s got such a good swing. He goes for a lot of shots, he makes a lot of birdies, so it’s always fun to watch. “

Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore are tied for third at 10 under, Tiger missed all four of his putts between 7 and 10 feet and then to compound the problem three-putted the par-3 11th. Tiger lamented his missed chances;

“I didn’t make anything today.”

First round leader Seung-yul Noh could only managed a par round today and remains at -9 under par, along with a host of other players. One of them is South African Charl Schwartzel who is recovering from his torn abdomen muscle, an injury he picked up at the U.S. Open, Charl is playing well here, he spoke about his recovery and re-emergence as a challenger in the FedEx play-offs;

“I had the injury at the U.S. Open and it set me back quite a bit, came back, lost a bit of confidence, and just seeing if I can play myself back into it. There’s been great signs of it, sort of from Wyndham, just finishing poorly on Sunday. Same thing at Bethpage, I was up there, finished poorly on Sunday. It’s there once again, I can feel the game is great, so just a matter of finishing it off.  I think I played great, I got off to a really good start, then went to sleep for a while there in the middle and made a great save on 14, and that’s what woke me up a bit.  I made birdie on 15 and 17. I would have loved one on 18, it was a good chance, but overall it was a great round this afternoon with the wind blowing. What pressure ?I can still win the FedEx.”

There were six players who failed to make the cut of +2 and are now eliminated from the FedEx Cup Play-offs;  Here is the sad list;

Ricky Barnes, who entered this week ranked at 77th and is projected to fall to 92nd after finishing at +3 over par.

Rory Sabbatini,  entered the week at 94th and is projected to fall to 98th after finishing at +4 over par.

K.J. Choi,  started the week at 95th and is projected to fall to 99th after finishing at +4 over par.

Greg Owen, who entered the week at 76 and is projected to fall to 89th after shooting +5 over par.

Michael Thompson , entered the week at 82nd and is projected to fall to 96th after shooting +7 over par.

Cameron Tringale, who entered the week at 79th and is projected to fall to 94th after shooting  +10 over par.

Memorial Tournament @ Muirfield Village, Spencer Levin hangs on to lead.

Hanging on in Ohio

Spencer Levin Lyons/Getty Images

Spencer Levin hangs on to lead the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village by just one stroke from Rory Sabbatini in the third round on Saturday. He will have on his mind last February at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, when Spencer took a six-stroke lead into the final round only to shoot 75 and finish third. This time, though, he only leads Rory Sabbatini by one stroke at 8 under par and for sure will be looking over his shoulder at the chasing pack of players.

Spencer spoke of his round today;

“I don’t know if I could have done much better. I had some really good breaks, so I’ll take it.  I played pretty solid, but it’s nice to have a couple good breaks. But if you’re going to shoot the low round of the day out here on the TOUR, or any day, you’re going to have a couple good breaks or make long putts or chip in generally.”

 Rickie Fowler, who has finished fifth or better in his last three starts, is three strokes back at 5 under par for the tournament after matching Levin’s 69, and is still a threat in this tournament.

 Tiger Woods, the four-time Memorial champion ran into some trouble on the back nine Saturday, making four bogeys on the way to a 73, but is still in the background  at 4 under, and obviously can not be ignored by anyone. Tiger said;

“I certainly probably shot the highest score I could have shot today considering the way I hit it. But I’m only four back, and out here with the conditions, supposed to be like this tomorrow again, anything can happen.”

Nothing much has happened for Luke Donald in this competition, his performance has been pretty average for the world’s number one player. Luke struggled to +3 over par third round and +3  for his tournament total, that is eleven shots off the pace. Justin Rose is fairing only slightly better at even par for his tournament.

Memorial Tournament @ Muirfield Village, Wet, Windy and Rain Delayed. Sabbatini Leads.

Rory Sabbatini leads the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village after a wet, windy and rain delayed second round. Rory leads by one shot from Spencer Levin, Scott Stallings and an inform Tiger Woods. Sabbatini  had another round of 69 today, which equates to -6 under par for the tournament.

The weather made it  tough for everyone on a day that began with a two-hour rain delay in the morning. The rain softened the course, but the wind featured gusts strong enough to make it  difficult to attack the pins. It definitely showed in the scores.

Rory Sabbatini said he had been struggling with his golf swing of late;

” Obviously it’s definitely been a challenge over the past couple months. Rick and I have been doing a lot of work to try and improve my swing overall and my consistency and that. It’s been frustrating, the fact that for a couple weeks now, it’s definitely felt like things have been there but just really haven’t been putting the numbers up. Ultimately golf is a game of numbers, so it doesn’t matter how you hit it, it’s how you score. So in that sense it’s been frustrating, and it’s great to finally see a little bit of reward for the work that we’ve put in.  You know, it’s just kind of funny; golf is such a game of ;  it’s just such a mental game in general, and it is a game of confidence, and I have been struggling. I was down on myself and I was down on my game. Colonial I finally; on Sunday I was playing awfully and managed to turn things around over the last eight holes, and I think that kind of maybe flicked a switch on for me and kind of reminded me of what I can do. So coming into this week, I was definitely a little more adamant and a little more positive about my game, and it’s just;  it’s all so fortuitous. This is a golf course I’ve always felt comfortable on, it kind of fits my eye, and I enjoy playing here.”

Tiger was also very happy with his round in the difficult conditions;

” I hit the ball well all day. It was a day that I needed to. The wind was blowing out there, was swirling in those trees, and it was just a tough day. Granted, the greens were softer, but still, the wind was a little bit of a test. With these pin locations today, some were pretty hard. Only a few were accessible. But I figured anything under par was going to be a good score, and I was able to post something in the 60s.

Woods lurking

Tiger Woods Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

World number one Luke Donald had a disappointing round of +1 over par, 73 and is hanging in there at even par for the tournament, but is still not able to start a tournament well. He said he is only five shots back and is still hopeful of making his presence felt.

The list of notables missing the cut begin with a totally out of touch world number 2 Rory McIlroy, he is joined by; Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradely, Kevin Na, Webb Simpson, Louis Oosthuizen and Mike Weir.

Weekend off

A dejected Rory McIlroy Lyons/Getty Images

Golfer Matt Every is a Dope

Matt Every’s dope drug suspension is not going to go away easily, it is rumbling on due mainly to the  bizarre interview with the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman. Every maintains that who his friends are and what they do are of no concern to anyone, well he is definitely wrong. His 2010 arrest for marijuana possession and the defensive statement that; ”  Honestly, man, I know more people who smoke marijuana than who don’t smoke marijuana”, could seriously hamper his attempts  to garner the endorsements that line the pockets of PGA pros. Every needs to concentrate on some exceptional public relations, starting with distancing himself from the bunch of so called friends who think drugs are OK. His image and credibility have been damaged  he’ll need to learn a bit of proper image strategy. No wonder he is desperate for this episode to fade away, but unfortunately for him every time his name appears at the top of a leader board this silly story will rear its ugly head.

Another sad story surrounding the Sony Open is the verbal set to between Vijay Singh and Rory Sabbatini, who himself is no stranger to controversy. It seems Sabbatini’s caddy, Mick Doran, moved into Singh’s eyeline while he was attempting to putt. V J missed the putt and had words with Doran about the ungentlemanly conduct. At this point Rory vigorously defended his caddy. After the round V.J. said the row was over and it was forgotten. Sabbatini disagreed at demanded Singh apologise to his caddy. I think that’s a bit rich, he should rather be telling his caddy to stand still while other people are putting.

Vijay Singh and Rory Sabbatini

Stricker Strikes in Hawaii

Steve Stricker shot a 10 under par 63 in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament at the Plantation course in Hawaii with an amazing putting display. “I felt like I was going to make every putt I looked at for a while,” Stricker said.

He now has a five shot lead over Webb Simpson at the halfway stage in Kapalua.

Kevin Na eagled the 17th and 18th holes but is still six strokes behind Stricker. Na said “I think it’ll be the best finish of my life,”

Jonathan Byrd, the first round leader had a disappointing second round shooting 71 to finish at -8, seven shots in arrears of Stricker at -15.

Goofy Rory Sabbatini had a bizarre two shot penalty for arriving late at the first tee. It was bizarre was the practice ground is only 25 yards from the first tee, his caddy took the blame citing a slow watch on his wrist. Although now twelve shots back of the leader Rory was philosophical about the error, stating.

“It’s the first time ever for me on tour. I know it’s the first time for Mick. I guess neither of us were really paying attention. Just one of those goofy moments.”

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