May 19 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Not unexpectedly, the scoring has slowed considerably in the afternoon wave at Colonial, where the low number on the board right now is 4 under (Kent Jones and Steve Marino).
In other words, the 8-under lead of David Toms and Chez Reavie is probably safe.
Here’s a look at how some notable players are faring, though:
Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard has played much better this season -- three top-25s, which included an eighth-place finish at Bay Hill -- and he’s continued that trend this week at 3 under through 13 holes. So far, Garcia has made just one bogey.
Hunter Mahan: At 3 under Mahan also has just one bogey on his round, and he’s hit seven of 10 fairways and 10 of 12 greens so far. Given Mahan’s accuracy, he should do well here if his putter gets hot.
Zach Johnson: The defending champ has been up and down so far -- four birdies, two bogeys -- but he’s played well of late with a tie for sixth at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for 12th at THE PLAYERS Championship, where he closed with a 66.
John Daly: Colonial isn’t exactly a bomber’s paradise so it’s no surprise Daly has struggled a bit -- he has three bogeys and three birdies through 15 holes. Daly’s struggled with the putter, having already taken 26 putts.
Rory Sabbatini: The 2007 winner of this event has hit just half his fairways and half his greens. The result? Three bogeys to offset his three birdies.