By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jason Bohn was staring at another missed cut when he made the turn on Friday. Bohn was 3-over with nine holes left to play and knew it was time to start grinding.
After making three straight pars, Bohn birdied four of the next five holes to shoot a 32 on the back nine and a 69 for the day, leaving him one shot inside the cut.
He made a 4-foot putt for birdie at No. 15, a 17-footer for birdie at No. 16, missed an 11-footer for birdie at No. 17, and drained the clutch 12-footer on the difficult 18th.
Bohn had missed the cut in his last two events and had missed the cut the last two years at The Heritage. He is the defending champion at next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
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Jason Bohn has just two top-10s this year. One of those, of course, was his win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in nearby Louisiana. After a 67 Friday in Mississippi, Bohn is in good position again, in fifth place and just five shots off the lead entering the final round.
”I like the Deep South. I don't know, food, the fans. I mean, I just ‑‑ I don't know. I like this kind of golf,” Bohn said Saturday. “This is what I'm kind of ‑‑ living in Atlanta, this is what I'm used to. I feel very comfortable.”
He sure looked it Saturday. Bohn had five birdies and no bogeys and as a result climbed eight spots on the leaderboard after hitting nearly 90 percent of his greens.
“I've driven the ball pretty well too. I've kept it in front of me on the fairway, and I haven't had many shots that I really had to kind of play around,” Bohn said. “If I can get it in there close tomorrow ‑‑ I know I'm going to have to shoot a low one, though, because the greens are just so perfect, and the weather is just perfect. It's out there.”
What will Bohn do between now and then? Watch his alma mater, Alabama, host the University of Florida in football tonight, though he says he’ll resist temptation to drive a couple of hours out to Tuscaloosa.
“I'm a little superstitious, and my ritual has been order pizza, get a couple beers, and sit in my hotel room and watch the game,” Bohn said. “I'll do a little practice and then watch it tonight in front of the tube.” -- Brian Wacker
Jason Bohn has now played 30 holes at St. George’s and so far he has just one bogey. More importantly, he has nine birdies, including four here in the second round. He also hasn’t missed a green in regulation on any of his 12 holes today, which would help explain why he’s just one shot back of Brent Delahaussaye at the moment.
Bohn, you might remember, won in New Orleans earlier this season with birdies on three of his last four holes en route to a final-round 67 and a two-stroke victory that he called “life changing” at the time.
So what would that make this week should he win again? Pretty special, especially when you take into account all the various injuries Bohn has had over the years. -- Brian Wacker
Due to the two-hour weather delay Thursday morning, tee times for the afternoon groups have been pushed back two hours. Here are a few groups to keep an eye on in the afternoon (along with their adjusted tee times):
2:44 p.m. ET (1st tee) -- Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jason Bohn. Woods, the four-time Memorial champion, is making his first start since having to withdraw from THE PLAYERS Championship last month with a neck injury. Stricker came back from an injury last week in Fort Worth, finishing T38.
2:44 p.m. ET (10th tee) -- Camilo Villegas, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar. Villegas has not played well in his last two starts, but he does have a win earlier this year at The Honda Classic. Johnson also has a win, having successfully defended his title at Pebble Beach. And Kuchar has played well at Muirfield Village in his last three starts, including a tie for fifth last year.
2:55 p.m. ET (1st tee) -- Tim Clark, Robert Allenby, Adam Scott. Clark and Allenby battled for THE PLAYERS title, with Clark finally breaking through for his first TOUR win. Scott won the Valero Texas Open in his last start.
2:55 p.m. ET (10th tee) -- Geoff Ogilvy, Lucas Glover, J.B. Holmes -- Ogilvy is a past U.S. Open champion. Glover is the defending champ. With the U.S. Open in two weeks, they'll be priming their games.
3:06 p.m. (10th tee) -- Kenny Perry, Mark Wilson, Mark Calcavecchia. Perry has won this event three times; Calcavecchia is making his last TOUR start before embarking on his Champions Tour career.
Those “boos” you’ll be hearing at Colonial today aren’t like the ones you might hear at a basketball or football game.
The fans are actually encouraging Boo Weekley, and so far he’s responding well with birdies on his first two holes. He two-putted from 33 feet on the par-5 first and got up and down from the greenside bunker on the short, par-4 second.
Weekley, who is one of the TOUR’s most solid ball-strikers, now finds himself tied with Carl Pettersson, Jason Bohn and Kris Blanks at 12 under. He’s one stroke off the lead held by Bryce Molder, who has just teed off.
The second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational is complete with Bryce Molder leading after shooting a career-low 62 on Friday. He’s one stroke ahead of Jason Bohn and two up on Brian Davis and Kris Blanks.
Molder has held the 36-hole lead twice already this year, eventually finishing tied for 10th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and tied for eighth at the Shell Houston Open. The former Georgia Tech All-American is bidding for his first TOUR win and trying to become the sixth player to win at Colonial in his debut.
Molder isn’t the only one seeking that breakthrough win. Four of the top six players on the leaderboard and five of the top 10 are hoping to make the Crowne Plaza Invitational their first TOUR victory.
A total of 76 pros survived the cut which came at 2 under and was the lowest in the tournament’s 63-year history. Among the notables who won’t be playing the weekend are Masters champion Phil Mickelson and reigning PGA champ Y.E. Yang, as well as former major champs Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, Trevor Immelman, David Duval and Steve Elkington.
Jason Bohn still can't hear out of his left ear -- and his equilibrium is a tad out of kilter. But he's still has what it takes to go low at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Bohn fired a 65 on Friday that included a birdie on his final hole that lifted him into sole possession of second place at 12 under. Bohn, who is trying to win for the second time this season, trails Bryce Molder by one stroke.
Bohn has done a little bit of everything well over the first two rounds, too. He's tied for second in fairways hit (23 of 28), sixth in greens in regulation (29 of 36) and 11th in putting with a total of 54.
"I don't overpower golf courses, so I have to stick to my game plan and position my golf ball," Bohn said. "And this is a golf course that suits that. When you are striking the golf ball well you can play this golf course from position. You don't have to hit it very far, you just have to hit it in play.
"Since I won a month ago, I kind of have some confidence. I've got the luxury to fire at flagsticks. I'm going to play as aggressively, as intelligently aggressively, as I possibly can."
Bohn said he slept much better on Thursday night. He had been awoken in the wee hours before his first round with sharp, shooting pains in his left ear. While the antibiotics appear to have kicked in, though, Bohn had some issues with his balance on Friday.
"I didn't have a lot of pain," Bohn said. "Actually, today my equilibrium got worse. I noticed going up and down, standing up and down, that I got dizzy a few times. I don't know whether it was my ear or the heat or a combination of both.
"I kind of had to slow it down a little bit out there. I was really cautious. I actually had to stand over my putts probably a second or two longer than I normally would to feel that I was settled over the putt."
Bohn said his win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last month was a confidence-builder. Now he's trying to attain another goal – a berth in THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, which is the finale of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, in his hometown of Atlanta. He currently ranks 18th in the standings.
"I've got a full schedule the rest of the summer," Bohn said. "I'm going to play a lot of golf and I'm going to play really hard to try to position myself to go in the FedExCup and try to get in THE TOUR Championship. That tournament I've never been able to play in my career and it's something I really want to accomplish."
Jason Bohn rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole Friday to move into sole possession of second at 12 under. He’s one stroke off the pace being set by Bryce Molder, who shot 62 in the second round.
Bohn, who was nursing an ear infection, had another solid day as he hit 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. He has used 54 putts over the first two rounds, including 28 on Friday.
The first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational is in the books with 75 players breaking par and another 13 shooting even. Not surprisingly, the scoring average for the day was 68.818.
Jeff Overton, Jason Bohn and Blake Adams are tied for the first-round lead after shooting 63s while Brian Davis is one stroke behind.
Overton and Adams also shared second last week with Brian Gay at the HP Byron Nelson Championship while Bohn and Davis are proof of the adage “beware the injured golfer.”
Bohn woke up with sharp pains in his left ear at 1 a.m. Thursday and was headed to see the doctor after completing his round. So was Brian Davis, who had an abscess on the top of his gum.
“The other guy looks worse than me,” Davis said, joking.
The abscess materialized Wednesday night. Davis said it was “pretty painful” and was looking forward to a good night’s sleep after the doctor cut the abscess out.
All in all, though, the distraction wasn’t a bad thing.
“You need something going on to take your mind off golf,” Davis said. “It’s just one of them things. I haven’t been playing that bad lately – it’s just making putts and today, I made the putts.
“It’s nice to be off to a good start. I’m obviously looking forward to the weekend.”
Blake Adams has just birdied the ninth hole to finish in a tie for the lead with Jeff Overton and Jason Bohn.
“Any time you birdie the last hole, it always makes dinner taste a little bit better,” the soft-spoken man from Georgia said. “I had missed two makeable putts on 6 and 8, so that was a nice one to have fall on 9.
“So I obviously look forward to my tee time tomorrow, and I will try it again.”
Adams’ 63 equals his career low, shot in the second round of the Verizon Heritage. That round marked a 14-stroke turnaround and was highlighted by just 18 putts that tied a TOUR record.
Adams was spot-on Thursday as he grabbed a share of the first-round lead for the second straight week. He hit 11 of 14 fairways, all but two greens and used just 27 putts.
“I think it was an absolutely perfect day,” Adams said. “The greens are perfect, rolling fantastic, the fairways are good. If you hit fairways and greens, you can obviously go low.
“I was expecting some low numbers out there, as I woke up and saw the forecast, but I was just fortunate to have a good number today.”