Emergency 9: Fantasy tidbits from Round 2 of Sony Open
January 12, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
John Peterson's close approach yields birdie at Sony Open
Here are nine tidbits from the second round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club (par 70, 7,044 yards) in Honolulu that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road.
Be looking for the Emergency 9 shortly after the close of play of each round of the tournament.
Pain or Gain
These were the top five picked golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO:
Rank Player % Ownership
1 Brian Harman
22.1 2 Marc Leishman
12.1 3 Kevin Kisner 9.0
4 Charles Howell III
7.9 5 Justin Thomas 7.1
It's all to play for on the weekend as all of these fellas made the cut! We'll see what moving day Saturday brings us as everyone is chasing Brian Harman on 13-under-par.
Different Day, Different Dawg
Brian Harman (Georgia Bulldogs) took the lead from fellow alum Chris Kirk as he backed his opening round 64 with 63 on Friday. Harman is blossoming into a force regardless of course. Last year he won at a difficult Eagle Point (par 72, 7,396 yards) and was T2 at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills (7,800 yards) so his game is translating on all tracks. While he's not long, he can putt the dimples off the golf ball. He sits No. 1 in SG: Putting through 36 holes and leads by three.
Georgia on My Mind
Friday saw golfers with college ties to the state of Georgia get moving. Chris Kirk (Georgia Bulldogs) backed up his co-first round lead with 67 to sit three back ... Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Ollie Schniederjans fired 65 to finish the day T7 ... Kevin Kisner was a great sport yesterday wearing an Alabama jersey on the walk up No. 17. The Golf Gods smiled today as he posted 64 and moved up 31 spots to T10 ... The curious case of Harris English (Georgia Bulldogs) caught my eye last fall as he didn't fire on courses he has in the past. He's rallied this week on a course he loves and moved up 49 spots with 65, his lowest round since the FedEx St. Jude Classic last June ... Stewart Cink (Georgia Tech) loaded up with 64 and moved up 62 spots to T16 ... Hudson Swafford has three top-15 finishes in four trips to Waialae and his 66 on Friday moved him to T16.
John Peterson won the 2011 NCAA championship at LSU. The following year he finished T4 at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. He was on the path. Hand surgery forced him to miss the majority of the 2016 season. He has seven starts after this week to rack up 273.76 FedExCup points to meet the terms of his Major Medical Extension. The recent father (#NappyFactor) is making his first start since WD at the Web.com Tour Championship in October. He's posted 66-64 and is T2. He tweeted today "too blessed to be stressed" and his game is reflecting that through two rounds. Check out all of the exemptions here:
One is the Loneliest Number
Tom Hoge is one of four players three back tied for second. He was selected by exactly one gamer in PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO. This is his third trip to Waialae and there's something about this track that catches his eye. In 2015 he finished T71 but fired a second round 64. He has a pair of 65s this week and will look to eclipse his best finish on TOUR, T4 at Barracuda last August.
Russell Knox racked up four birdies and an eagle with 13 pars to jump 53 spots to T12. After missing the cut in his first three trips he's cashed T11 and T13 in two of his last three. Even the year he MC he still posted a 65. Opening 69-64 makes it four consecutive trips to Waialae recording 65 or lower. I'm writing that down for next year.
I Can't Si
I feel like I write this every week but I cannot figure out Si Woo Kim. He opened the season with three events T44 or worse. His last three events have been solo third, MC and 10th last week on Maui. He's the perfect guy for season-long games as his weekly volatility has me on a steady diet of Pepto Bismol. His 71 after opening with 67 saw him make the weekend on the number. Whew.
Plenty of gamers RELY on course history in making their weekly selections. I have always suggested that it should be a PART of your formula. Perennial contenders Zach Johnson (T2) Jerry Kelly (T12) and Charles Howell, III (T28) did the business but recent champions Russell Henley, Jimmy Walker and Fabian Gomez all are heading home after Friday. Howell has too many rounds here in the 60s to count so I'm on board with him on Moving Day tomorrow to jump up into the top 10.
Patrick Rodgers withdrew on Friday citing the flu. Rodgers, who won 11 times at Stanford, has a new caddie on the bag this year as he looks for his first TOUR win ... I learned during the telecast that Wesley Bryan is NOT carrying a driver this week nor is he going to until the Florida Swing. Well, something is working as he opened 68-66 and is currently T17. He said he had no confidence in hitting driver so he took it out of the bag. Stay tuned ... The biggest jump of the day went to 2009 champion Ryan Palmer as his 64 moved him up a whopping 71 places after an opening round 71. He needs just 29.686 FedExCup in six starts to meet the terms of his Major Medical Exemption ... Sangmoon Bae couldn't back up his 66 yesterday as his 73 saw him slam the trunk.