CHARLOTTE. N.C. – Geoff Ogilvy has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship due to a sore shoulder. He was replaced in the field by rookie Joseph Bramlett,
Ogilvy tweeted: “Quite disappointing as it is one of my favorite weeks of the year.” Five minutes later, he added “To celebrate, I am about to submerge myself in a bath full of ice. Fun times.”
As further proof, Ogilvy tweeted a photo of a tub with five bags of ice lurking outside.
You know scoring is tough when the overnight leader -- J.J. Henry in this case -- is 3 over through 12 holes in the second round and he’s still just one shot back.
That’s the scenario unfolding at TPC San Antonio, though, where there’s a logjam of players at 3 under -- four of which are already in the clubhouse. Among that group already done are Geoff Ogilvy and Rich Beem.
It’s no surprise Ogilvy is in the mix. Aussies tend to play well in the wind and we’re seeing that so far.
As a result of the difficult conditions the cut line has also moved. It’s now 3 over, up from 2 over earlier in the day.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer
Given the windy conditions at TPC San Antonio, where it’s blowing upwards of 30 mph, it’s no wonder Aussie Geoff Ogilvy is near the top of the leaderboard heading to the weekend after an even-par 72 Friday.
“I definitely could have had quite a lot worse,” said Ogilvy, who is coming off a tie for fourth at the Masters. “The score is good if you hit really, really good shots, but as soon as you miss one there's a potential disaster on every hole so I'm pretty happy with that score.
“It was blowing when it was dark this morning. It's more like windy Texas days. Happy to get out of it with no damage done and still looking forward to the weekend.”
Because the wind is blowing so much, officials moved a lot of tees up.
Not that it will impact scores too much.
”Today par is a great score,” Ogilvy said. “I think anyone shoots par is not going to be treading water, probably going to be moving forward today.”
Aussies Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy are in contention in San Antonio, where Scott of course is the defending champion. See how both fared in the early stages of Round 2 with exclusive video highlights .
We’ve already mentioned Adam Scott’s 68, but he wasn’t the only one to play well in his group. Geoff Ogilvy trails Scott by only a shot, while Angel Cabrera shot a 71.
Combined, they were 8 under and made 15 total birdies -- five apiece -- and all of them are in the top 25 on the leaderboard.
“I think anything under par around here is good,” Ogilvy said. “If you can be under par four rounds in a row, you won't be far away.”
Last week, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott all finished in the top 10 at Augusta National. Now they’re trying to carry that momentum through San Antonio, where the three are all playing in the same group.
So far, it’s been a somewhat slow start for the trio with only Cabrera under par through the first five holes. Given how well he drove it last week, that shouldn’t be a shock. Cabrera has four pars and one birdie today -- the lone birdie coming on the par-3 third, where he hit it to just 4 1/2 feet.
Ogilvy, meanwhile, bogeyed the first hole but bounced back with a birdie on the par-4 fifth, where he rolled in a 13-footer. Scott, on the other hand, has had nothing but pars so far. Scott also continues to roll it well with that belly putter of his, having taken just eight putts so far.
Masters hangover? Not for Jhonattan Vegas. The rookie missed the cut in his first trip to Augusta National -- he’s actually missed his last three cuts -- but that doesn’t seem to be affecting him so far at TPC San Antonio, where he’s 2 under through his first 12 holes and near the top of the leaderboard.
In all, there are five players in this week’s field who finished in the top 10 at the Masters -- defending champion Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera, Bo Van Pelt and Ryan Palmer.
Scott, Ogilvy and Cabrera will play together through the first two rounds later this afternoon.
Speaking of Cabrera, he led the Masters in total driving. If he has another week like that at TPC San Antonio he should be in contention given the narrow fairways there.
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
AUGUSTA, GA – Get ready for Masters Sunday at Augusta Inter-National, where a a mop-headed Irish lad holds a four-shot lead on a field.
You think Rory McIlroy will get some text messages/phone calls/tweets Saturday night? Reigning U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who missed the cut, followed him Saturday afternoon and sent him a text saying he loved him. (Rory said he wasn't sure if that was the beer talking or G-Mac.)
McIlroy’s sure to hear from others, such as Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer and maybe Louis Oosthuizen. Even Lee Westwood, who is nine shots back might offer some support.
Rounds of 65-69-70 have the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland heading out for a final 18 holes with 2009 champ Angel Cabrera. K.J. Choi, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Day are tied with Cabrera four back.
Adam Scott, who's making yet another comeback, is another shot back and tied with Luke Donald, who is trying to break the dreaded Par-3 curse.
Jason Day had a chance to slide into the final group and play with McIlroy for a fourth consecutive day, but he missed his birdie at the 18th.
Tiger Woods had a chance to settle in five back of the lead, but bogeyed the final hole to start Sunday seven back.
Sunday's forecast calls for another steamy day. Humid. 90s. Survival mode. Bombers haven. Who'll stay cool and who'll wilt under pressure? We don't pretend to know.
But we can tell you the following:
Lots of faces. Lots of plots. Will the kid hang on and win? Will one of the other kids win? Will Donald snap the Par-3 jinx? Will Tiger . . .
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM Managing Editor
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The focus headed into Saturday's third round of the Masters obviously is on the two youngsters at the top of the leaderboard -- 21-year-old tournament leader Rory McIlroy and his 23-year-old playing partner, Jason Day, who's two shots behind – as well as the looming presence of Tiger Woods, who will be in the penultimate pairing with K.J. Choi, three shots off the lead.
Lots of attention will also be paid to Lee Westwood, last year's runner-up who is five shots behind; Fred Couples, the 51-year-old who always makes noise at Augusta National; and Phil Mickelson, the defending champ who's eight shots back and needs to make a move.
That means a lot of other players – world-class players -- will start the round flying under the radar.
Here's a look at five veterans who could rise up the leaderboard while the others deal with the pressure.
GEOFF OGILVY -- The 2006 U.S. Open champ has never finished in the top 10 in five previous Masters starts, but he's only four shots off the lead. He and McIlroy are the only two players who posted rounds in the 60s in each of the first two days.
Y.E. YANG -- Like Ogilvy, he has major credentials, having won the 2009 PGA Championship. This is the second consecutive year the Korean has played well at Augusta National; he finished tied for eighth last year. He enters Saturday tied for seventh, five shots off the pace.
LUKE DONALD -- The Englishman put on a dominant performance in winning the world Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, and he quietly moved up the leaderboard on Friday with a 68, leaving him six shots behind. With a hot hand this year, he was one of the favorites coming into this week.
JIM FURYK -- The reigning FedExCup champion has struggled this year, and with a less-than-spectacular track record at Augusta National (just four top 10s in 14 previous starts), expectations were low. But like Donald, he shot 68 on Friday and is six shots back. Not sure if he keep up that pace Saturday, but do you really want to count him out?
ANGEL CABRERA -- The 2009 Masters champ starts the day seven shots off the lead. He has shot 69 in the third round in the previous two years here, and another 69 on Saturday might give him a fighting chance on Sunday.
So, who's your favorite flying-under-the-radar player going into Saturday? Is it one of the players above or somebody else on the leaderboard? Fill out the form below and let us know.