Cameron Tringale is hitting more greens thanks to a change in his setup. (Carr/Getty Images)
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
BETHESDA, Md. -- Jordan Spieth is a 19-year-old threatening to win on the PGA TOUR and said something very revealing following his second-round 66. Spieth said he was hitting it so good; he could play for the “safe side” of the green. When some players hit it well, they automatically go pinseeking. Spieth is mature enough in his course management to understand the percentages and disciplined enough to stay within that game plan. How did that strategy work in the second round? Spieth hit 18 greens, giving himself a birdie putt on every hole. He hit 9 of 14 fairways but several of those misses were in the first cut of rough. Spieth’s putting stats show rounds of 29 and 31 strokes but those numbers are skewed by hitting 31 of 36 greens.
Big hitter: Angel Cabrera recently put a prototype Mitsubishi shaft into his driver, and it's producing some prodigious numbers. At the 613-yard ninth hole, Cabrera hit a 340-yard drive and then reached the par 5 with a 275-yard 3-wood. Those are two tremendous strikes that resulted in a two-putt birdie from 46 feet.
Bogey-free: There were no clean cards in the opening round, so when Cameron Tringale had a three-foot par putt on the 18th hole to shoot a bogey-free 66, he would be the first to escape a round with all pars or better. It turned out he was second to do so. Jordan Spieth had missed his 19-foot birdie but instead of marking and waiting, he finished the hole with a 15-inch putt to be the first to record a bogey-free round this week. Tringale followed with his par putt. So, after not giving up a single bogey-free round on Thursday, there was a pair of blemish-free cards in the same group.
Pace: Roberto Castro made an interesting observation following his second-round 69. He said he expects the course to play easier in the afternoon all week long. Castro reasoned that with very humid conditions, the greens would actually retain more moisture in the afternoon than in the mornings and thus be more receptive and easier to putt. It’s an interesting theory and a look at first-round scoring averages reveals the morning wave averaged 73.25 strokes while the afternoon players averaged 72.77.
Weather: When PGA TOUR Meteorologist Wade Stettner arrived at the golf course, he saw sunny skies and felt warm temperatures. That made Stettner unhappy. Thunderstorms pop in the afternoon when warm temperatures ignite the juicy atmosphere. Cloud cover helped keep those temperatures low on Thursday but the clear, bright skies allowed the atmosphere to warm. Just as Stettner predicted, thunderstorms arrived in the late afternoon with play being suspended at 2:44 p.m. ET.
Green machine: Cameron Tringale hit 15 greens in the opening round then added another 17 on Friday. He leads the tournament in greens in regulation, having hit 32 of 36. Tringale ranks 22nd on TOUR in greens in regulation this year and credits the consistency to a change in his setup. He has become more athletic at address with his hips extended, knees bent and thighs flexed. That helps to maintain the spine angle and the club stays on plane.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.