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|Webb Simpson vs. Bill Haas||Wake Forest alums do battle in their home state|
|Carl Pettersson vs. Ryan Moore||Two past Wyndham champs ready for more at Sedgefield|
|Davis Love III vs. Jason Dufner||Ryder Cup Captain keeps close eye on Ryder Cup rookie|
|Sergio Garcia vs. Trevor Immelman||Two international stars are looking to kick-start their season|
|Jhonattan Vegas vs. Brendan Steele||Both need a big week to get into the FedExCup Playoffs|
Following his second-round 70, Ryan Moore meets with the media and talks about the difference between his first two rounds.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tiger Woods wasn't the only player who had an unusual ruling on Friday.
Ryan Moore's didn't work out as well for him as Woods' did, either. But even with the penalty stroke at the 11th hole, Moore is still in the tournament, three shots off the lead, after shooting a second-round 70.
Moore's ball moved after he addressed a 12-inch putt for par which put him in violation of Rule 18-2b. But since an outside agency didn't cause the ball to move -- as was the case for Webb Simpson at last year's Zurich Classic, which prompted a tweak to the rule during the offseason -- Moore was assessed a penalty stroke.
"The (exception) refers to if a wind or an outside agency like a bee or a fly on the green had caused his ball to move, we can get him out if he's virtually certain that he didn't cause it, it was the wind or the beetle or the fly," said PGA TOUR rules official Steve Rintoul. "But in this case we've got no wind, we've got nothing else down there, and the decision specifically refers to gravity.
"If a ball moves because of gravity, that's just part of the game, just settled. That's what happened to Ryan, the ball just settled, unfortunately, right after he addressed it."
Moore actually thought he was in the clear, given the rule change last year. Turns out he wasn't, but he's still in the hunt for the second win of his career -- and the second one in North Carolina. Moore won the 2009 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, which is about 90 miles down the interstate from Charlotte.
"The ball moved, and not because of me setting into it," Moore
said. "My putter face was about ten inches away from it. But
because I had addressed the ball, it somehow was a penalty on me. I
thought that was the whole point of the rule change after Webb
Simpson's incident last year I thought was to alleviate that
because I certainly did not make the ball move, and I thought that
was the whole point of the rule change.
"It's unfortunate that they somehow changed the rules without really changing it. I don't know how they did that. But yeah, at the end of the day, it's a little frustrating, ending up one shot worse than I really played. But I'm still really happy with how I'm playing and looking forward to the weekend."
Moore said he didn't let the ruling rattle him. He played his next seven holes in even par, making one birdie and one bogey.
"For me there's absolutely nothing you can do about it until the round is over," he said. "I just got my head right back in it, hit a good one the next hole, hit a good second shot right up in there and made a birdie, so that was a nice way to bounce back. Had a good, solid finish to the day."
Moore has been extremely solid tee to green this week at Quail Hollow, too. He's hit 19 of 298 fairways and 29 of 36 greens in regulation.
"I'm happy with my round," Moore said. "I'm happy with how I played. Obviously I played one shot better than I scored at the end of the day, so that's a little frustrating. But I hit the ball well again today, putted it really solid, and I'm really looking forward to the weekend."
Ryan Moore aces the 201-yard, par-3 7th hole.
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
If Las Vegas could have put odds on the first two-putter bag on the PGA TOUR, Phil Mickelson probably would have been the even-money choice. After all, he had carried two drivers before.
That didn’t happen at the Deutsche Bank Championship, as Mickelson completely abandoned his blade for a belly. But there was another player on the fence just enough to carry two flatsticks in competition – Brandt Jobe.
As Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press reported, Jobe played the third round at TPC Boston with his conventional putter and a belly. He had used a belly a few years back but hadn’t quite recaptured the feel enough to fly solo with it, so his other putter came along for the ride just in case.
"I've been hitting it real good and putting so bad that the last month hasn't been fun," said Jobe, who’s moving on to the BMW Championship at No. 63 in FedExCup points. "It was getting to the end of the year and I had nothing to lose, but I didn't want to shoot 80 if it didn't go well."
Of course, there’s a drawback to a bag that’s 14 percent putters. The club that had to come out, a 4-iron, was dearly missed. Jobe said he needed it four times during the round.
NICE PROBLEM TO HAVE: Lucas Glover, a winner earlier this year at the Wells Fargo Championship, made a ball switch at the start of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. He switched from Nike’s new 20XI ball to the older-model One Tour D.
He said he had been hitting shots too far.
Glover missed the cut at The Barclays, but dialing it back proved the right play at the Deutsche Bank, where he finished T21. He’s No. 45 in the FedExCup standings and will make at least one more Playoffs start.
MUSCLE UP: Ryan Moore isn’t one of the TOUR’s long bombers, so he looked to a beefed-up driver for help at TPC Boston. The Adams Speedline 9088 LDA is designed specifically for Long Drivers of America players, and only made in 5-, 6- and 7-degree lofts.
Moore used a 7-degree model with a high-torque UST Mamiya VTS Silver 6 tx shaft, which he said allowed for increased carry distances. He averaged 298.3 yards off the tee, 43rd-best in the 100-player field. For the season on TOUR he ranks 115th in driving distance, at 288.8 yards.
And, oh yeah, he finished T10 in the event, moving up to No. 39 in FedExCup points.
SMART SNEDS: Brandt Snedeker has become a strong candidate to win the FedExCup since switching from an older set of Bridgestone Tour Stage irons to J40 Cavity Back irons.
He started the Playoffs at No. 18 in points, but consecutive T3 finishes in the first two events have moved him to No. 5.
MORE PHIL: Mickelson’s belly putter was the prime topic of conversation at the Deutsche Bank. Golfweek’s James Achenbach shared the backstory of how it actually got in his hands.
Mickelson wanted an Odyssey Sabertooth model similar to Keegan Bradley’s, but the company doesn’t sell any lefthanded models. (Try finding a lefthanded long putter at your local golf shop.)
Fortunately the Sabertooth’s creator is lefthanded and had one in his office, so the putterhead was taken off and customized for Mickelson with a tungsten weight insert. The head came in at 392 grams and the completed putter was 45 1/4 inches long, an inch and a half shorter than Bradley’s.
AKRON, Ohio – Keegan Bradley seized sole possession of the lead with an 8-footer at the sixth hole.
He's 11 under now through eight holes and is one stroke ahead of Jason Day. Bradley got up-and-down from just in front of the green at the par-5 second for his first birdie and added another birdie putt of 11 feet at No. 5.
Day also got his round off to a strong start when he eagled the second. The Aussie made a birdie at the fifth hole, as well, and has just made the turn in 2 under.
Bradley started the third round at 8 under and tied for the lead with Adam Scott, Ryan Moore and Rickie Fowler. Scott is now tied with Ryo Ishikawa at 9 under while Fowler has just made his first birdie of the day after opening with consecutive bogeys.
Moore also had back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5, and he just added another at No. 8. He's dropped back to 5 under, as a result, and is tied for 14th.