September 3 2011
NORTON, Mass. -- A few key notes now that the second round is complete at the Deutsche Bank Championship:
Bubba Watson's share of the lead is due in part to his dominating play on the par-five seventh hole which he has eagled both times he has played it. It is the second time in his career that Watson has eagled a single hole in the first and second round -- the last coming at the 11th hole at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in May where he picked up his second win of 2011.
Charl Schwartzel, who won the Masters earlier this year, hasn't missed a cut in 14 starts as a PGA TOUR rookie in 2011. In fact, he's only finished outside the top 30 twice prior to this week – and the way he’s playing that’s not likely to change at TPC Boston.
Brandt Snedeker has made more than 30 eagles on the PGA TOUR but he'd never had an ace until he holed a 9-iron on the 16th hole at TPC Boston on Saturday. He also eagled the par-5 18th, rolling in a 21-footer there. Snedeker needs an eagle-2 this week to join Steve Stricker (the Memorial Tournament) as the only players this season with an ace, eagle-2 and eagle-3 in the same tournament. Stricker went on to win the Memorial.
Snedeker's two eagles in the last three holes at TPC Boston helped fuel a 29 on the back side, which was his first nine holes on Saturday. A week ago in the final round of The Barclays, Snedeker shot 29 on the front nine at Plainfield Country Club on the way to a tournament-record 61 and a tie for third.
Ernie Els has played in all but one event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup since its inception in 2007. But he has yet to miss the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola since the Playoffs began, and he is working hard to keep that record in tact.
Els added the Wyndham Championship just to get into the Playoffs, starting at No. 126, and survived again last week, finishing at 99th. He left the course on Saturday with some breathing room, projected at No. 50, after a bogey-free 65. He likely needs a finish of 17th or higher to make the field for the BMW Championship.
Els has shot in the 60s in seven of his last nine rounds dating back to the Wyndham Championship. Prior to the week in Greensboro, he only had shot nine of 50 rounds in the 60s this season. In those previous 50 rounds, Els only recorded back-to-back 60s one time (Sony Open in Hawaii).