There have been very few low scores on what’s proving to be a very difficult TPC Four Seasons golf course -- until now.
Martin Piller is 6 under through 11 holes so far and now leads by two after six birdies in what’s been pretty much a flawless round. Three of those birdies for Piller have come from beyond 15 feet and his ball-striking has been very good with nine of 11 greens hit so far. Piller has also taken just 14 putts, which ties for second-best in the field at the moment.
Piller still has a long way to go to catch the course record, however -- a 61 shot three times, the last of which was by Justin Leonard in 2001. Click here to follow the rest of Piller’s round with Shot Tracker .
Just how difficult did TPC San Antonio play in the second round? Here’s a rundown:
-- Just 13 players broke par and through two rounds only 16 players were under par for the tournament.
-- The scoring average in Round 2 was 75.283 -- more than three
strokes over par. The last time a round was
that high was the opening round of this year’s Honda Classic, where the average was 73.875 on the par-70 layout.
-- There were seven bogey-free rounds in the opening round compared to just one bogey-free round in Round 2.
-- There were 600 bogeys in Round 2 -- more than 150 more than there were in the opening round -- and there was at least one double bogey on each of the 18 holes at TPC San Antonio.
Most of that was due to the wind and tough pin positions. In Round 3, the wind is only in the 15-mph range and players are taking advantage of the much calmer conditions.
Martin Piller is already 3 under through nine holes -- and in a tie for the lead -- while Fredrik Jacobson and Kevin Streelman are 5 and 3 under, respectively. Pat Perez has also moved into contention at 3 under early in his round.
In other words, it looks like moving day won’t involve the lead moving backwards.