Emergency 9: Fort Worth Invitational, Round 2
May 25, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
Bryson DeChambeau’s lengthy birdie putt at Fort Worth
Here are nine tidbits from the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Colonial Country Club is the longest-serving host on TOUR (1946) and plays 7,209 yards to a Par-70.
Pain or Gain
These were the top-10 picked golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO:
Rank Player Position % Ownership 1 Webb Simpson MC 12.59 2 Bryson DeChambeau T6 11.26 3 Jimmy Walker T34 8.54 4 Adam Scott T70 7.87 5 Jordan Spieth T23 7.03 6 Zach Johnson MC 4.94 7 Jason Dufner MC 4.79 8 Brooks Koepka T3 4.51 9 Kevin Kisner T51 4.03 10 Jon Rahm T34 4.02
The cut landed on 142 (+2) with 79 players sneaking in. The morning wave had the better of it on Friday as the winds started swirling in the afternoon. The scoring was tilted heavily in the direction of the early tee times as those who went early were almost a stroke lower (.77) on average. The heat ratchets up on the weekend as temperatures will push triple digits so the question will be whether the scores will increase like the heat index.
Rarely do we have the same consensus choice in both fantasy games but that's exactly what happened this week. Webb Simpson, shown above and in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf game presented by SERVPRO, commanded our attention after his dominant win at THE PLAYERS and wonderful history the last two seasons at Colonial. His 73 included just three birdies that could not overcome six bogeys causing plenty of gamers to see their weekend go up in flames as he MC by a shot. Simpson's putter went ice cold after making just about everything in his win two weeks ago. It happens. We move on.
Justin Rose backed up his 66 with 64 and is doing it in impressive fashion in the ball-striking department. He leads the field in SG: tee to green, approach the green and putts made per GIR. He painted 18 of 28 fairways and 30 of 36 greens and leads by one at the halfway mark.
Nothing to Sneeze At
Brooks Koepka (T3) was complaining about his allergies after Round 2 but it's clear he's not allergic to Colonial or birdies. Sitting at 3 over after his first 11 holes yesterday he's played his last 25 in 10 under par, which included 63 on Friday. Koepka unlocked the secret on the greens as he was No. 101 in SG: putting in Round 1 but No. 2 in that same category Friday. Not bad for a guy who's never teed it up here previously.
Satoshi Kodaira shocked Si Woo Kim and fantasy golfers as he defeated, at the time, reigning THE PLAYERS champion in a playoff at Harbour Town at the RBC Heritage. Colonial and Harbour Town have similarities in the way they require shot-making off the tee and into some of the smallest greens on TOUR. He's second in SG: tee to green plus he's in the top 10 in fairways and putts per GIR. He's another first-timer this week.
In his last five events on TOUR, Bryson DeChambeau has hit the top four in three of them. His only "bad" finishes are T38 at the Masters and T37 at THE PLAYERS. He joins Rose and Stewart Cink (T23) with only two bogeys (no others) as the clean card crew after 36 holes. Oh, he's also T6 after his 67 moved him up 24 spots. In his first two trips to Colonial he never posted a round in the 60's and MC both times.
Former champions Adam Scott and Zach Johnson were on PGA TOUR LIVE Featured Groups. Scott birdied two of his first three holes and played the last 16 in four-over to make the cut on the number. His streak of cuts made at CCC is five and counting. Barely. I don't think that was afternoon windy; I think it was gamers, like me, exhaling when the cut line moved. ... There was no such luck for two-time champ Johnson as he backed up his 78 MDF at THE PLAYERS with 72-74 MC this week. He only hit 10 of 28 fairways and 16 of 36 GIR. Woof.
It was an absolutely brutal week for big-name players as shown in the graph above. I'll also add to this list Aaron Wise, who entered the week off his first TOUR win at Trinity Forest. His maiden voyage of 70-73 saw him miss by a shot. ... The last time gamers saw Xander Schauffele he was cashing a massive T2 check at THE PLAYERS. He opened with birdies on his first four holes in Round 1 before 72-72. ... Patrick Cantlay's only MC in the last two years was at Augusta National before a pair of 73's sent him packing early this week. ... CCC member Ryan Palmer will add to his all-or-nothing play in this event as he MC 73-77. New gamers are realizing that club affiliation doesn't guarantee anything as Spieth and Palmer have shown the last two weeks.
Round 1 scored 69.760 (-.240) and there were eight bogey-free rounds. Round 2 checked in at 71.475 (+1.475) and there were just two bogey-free rounds. Congrats to William McGirt (T23) and Robert Streb (T42) on their matching 67's. ... Yesterday the top six players were all in the top 11 in SG: putting. Today only one of the top five is in the top 27 as Emiliano Grillo (2nd) is leading the field. He's also leading the birdie count with 13. ... Chris Stroud WD with a knee injury. ... Robert Garrigus WD with a back injury. ... Seamus Power was DQ.