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The Tour Report
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September 15 2011

2:34 PM

Big-hitting threesome can’t find range

‘tLEMONT, Ill. – Length can be a big asset at Cog Hill, which measures 7,616 yards. Just ask the big-hitting Dustin Johnson, who took a one-stroke victory over Paul Casey in last year's BMW Championship.

That's what made the first- and second-round pairing of Bubba Watson, Gary Woodland and Phil Mickelson so intriguing. Watson ranks No. 2 in driving distance while Woodland is fifth and Mickelson clocks in at No. 22.

So far, though, the three have struggled and the group is a combined 11 over through six holes. None of the talented threesome has even made a birdie yet.

Woodland started his round with three straight bogeys. Watson has made four bogeys while Mickelson got going in the wrong direction with a double bogey at the par-3 second and bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5.

Finding fairways on this tree-lined layout has been particularly problematic for the threesome. Mickelson and Woodland have only hit one of their first five while Watson has found three.