The Starter, Round 2: Reno-Tahoe Open

July 15, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
Groups We're Watching
Tee time Players  
11:15 a.m. ET,
No. 1
Woody Austin, Scott McCarron, Steve Elkington
This trio went low on Thursday and their experience should put them in contention going into the weekend.
4:04 p.m. ET,
No. 10
Cameron Beckman, Chad Campbell, Chris DiMarco
DiMarco is having a tough 2010, but he's looking to change that in Reno this week.
4:37 p.m. ET
No. 10
Chris Smith, Steve Pate, Matt Bettencourt
Bettencourt hasn't finished better than T39 on TOUR all year, but his 6-under 66 on Thursday might change that.

The second round of the Reno-Tahoe Open is set to begin Friday. Here are three groups to watch:

EXPERT PREVIEW: PGA TOUR NETWORK on-site correspondent Brian Katrek previews Friday's second round:


Sometimes technology is not a good thing. Anyone that has ever played in Reno knows about having to adjust yardages for the altitude, but every year there seems to be more and more to consider while trying to figure out the distances. Altitude, temperature, elevation change, and wind are all important. And you can now add barometric pressure to the list. Tournament host Scott McCarron is a member at Montreux, and mentioned barometer readings Thursday. It's enough to make your head spin.

Friday's forecast

Sunny and clear
Temp: 97 high/68 low
Chance of precipitation 60 percent. Winds from WSW at around 15 mph.

More on the thin air: Kevin Streelman says the altitude amounts to about a half a club difference to him. Chris DiMarco says it can be between five and ten yards. And something else the players are dealing with this year for the first time -- the new conforming grooves. Spin rate affects how far a ball flies and the spin has been altered this year. Look for the players to get all of this figured out by the weekend.

Robert Gamez has always been known to be a bright guy, but he took brightness to a new level Thursday. Gamez joined the ranks of players that have worn those Loudmouth pants, but he upped the ante by playing a yellow golf ball in the first round. Gamez tees off at 11:31 a.m. ET on Friday and will certainly have enough daylight to warm up if he goes with bright colors again.

The Film Room
Round 1 Highlights: Reno-Tahoe Open
Matt Bettencourt shoots a 6-under 66 on the opening day to take the early lead at the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open. Watch it
Shot of the Day, Round 1
Tom Byrum chips in from off the back of the green on the 16th hole for birdie during the first round of the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open.Watch it
Highlights: Bettencourt eagles 17
In the first round of the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open, Matt Bettencourt drops his approach in tight at the par-5 17th and holes the eagle try.Watch it
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No word on how the pants and ball affected the barometric pressure.