This week’s Kodak Challenge hole is the 347-yard, par-4 17th at TPC San Antonio. This is the second year that the course has hosted the Valero Texas Open, so there’s not much data on which players you should expect to do well at the 17th.
But here’s a look at the players in this week’s field who fared the best last year at the 17th.
17TH AT TPC SAN ANTONIO – 2010 LEADERS
|Player||Relation to Par||Rounds||Eagles||Birdies||Pars||Bogeys|
|J.B. Holmes||3 under||4||-||3||1||-|
|Garth Mulroy||3 under||4||-||3||1||-|
|Tim Petrovic||3 under||4||-||3||1||-|
A LOOK AT THE 17TH
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tim Petrovic withdrew after playing nine holes of the second round on Saturday, citing an illness.
Petrovic had opened with an even par 71. He clearly struggled on Saturday when he wasn’t feeling well, though, making one birdie, one par, six bogeys and one double bogey before making the early exit.
The story of the morning wave and very likely the day was the display that Roland Thatcher put on at the Magnolia Course, shooting a 63 that has him atop the leaderboard at 16 under and four shots clear of his closest competitor.
Thatcher has just one top-10 this season and needs to finish in at least second place by himself to get inside the top 125 on the money list (he’s currently 179th with just one-top 10 this year). Friday, he hit 15 of 18 greens and took just 24 putts on his way to nine birdies and no bogeys.
”Pun intended, I wouldn't mind being referred to as Cinderella for the week,” said Thatcher, who admitted that he was okay with going to the second stage of q-school next week. Obviously his goals have now changed.
“After these first two rounds that I'd like to skip second stage finals if I can,” Thatcher said. “I'm hoping to have a nice long off season and start the year early next year.”
STROUD’S STRONG FINISH: Thatcher’s playing partner the first two rounds was Chris Stroud, who began the day with the lead after an opening-round 62. Friday, he didn’t come close to matching that with a 70, but three straight birdies to close out his round left him within reach of Thatcher.
“Any time you finish birdie, birdie, birdie on this golf course, the Magnolia, you're really happy,” said Stroud, who seven birdies -- and four bogeys -- despite hitting just eight fairways. “I’m just trying to get the ball on the green because I'm putting so well, and I just hung in there, got myself on the fairway the last three holes and got it on the green and made three great putts.”
PETROVIC’S ACE: At just 6 under through two rounds, Tim Petrovic isn’t exactly in contention, but he did have the shot of the day so far with a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th on the Palm Course.
Petrovic said he’s made 12 aces but thought this was his first on the PGA TOUR. “And it's been 10 years,” he added. “I think my last one was in 2000.
Actually, it wasn’t his first ace on TOUR. That came in 2004 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2004.
“But I’m not complaining because I've had three double eagles out here,” Petrovic added. “I think I'm the only guy out here with three double eagles.” -- Brian Wacker
Tim Petrovic hits a guidewire with his tee shot on the par-4 10th and was able to re-tee without a penalty:
Tim Petrovic hits a guidewire with his tee shot on the par-4 10th.
Tim Petrovic dropped a 6-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th, this week’s Kodak Challenge hole, to move to 12-under-par and within two of Rickie Fowler’s lead.
The 18th has played much more difficult here in Round 2 -- currently ranking ninth, compared to 14th on Thursday -- with a scoring average of 5.015 and just 12 birdies so far. Thursday, it played to a scoring average of 4.871 with 42 birdies. -- Chuck Beeler
There is now a five-way tie for the lead, with Tim Petrovic being the latest player to join that growing group.
Petrovic, who shot a 3-under 68 on Thursday, is a bogey-free 3 under for his round through 11 holes.
At 6 under, he joins Ben Crane, Stewart Cink, Tiger Woods and Vaughn Taylor as co-leader. Crane and Cink are also on the course, while Woods (12:10 p.m. ET) and Taylor (12:43 p.m. ET) getting set to tee off.
Petrovic has one TOUR victory to his credit, the 2005 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. His best finish this year is a tie for fifth at the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley.
Having missed the cut in three of his four previous starts, he’s in no danger now of missing this weekend.