DUBLIN, Ohio –Among the lessons Collin Morikawa removed from missing his very first cut as a pro was that his trusted cut shot had actually left him. He discovered it at Muirfield Village, and it sent him to a three-shot lead entering into the weekend at the Workday Charity Open.
Morikawa ran 4 straight birdies after making the turn Friday, completed with another birdie after the very first of 2 storm hold-ups and shot 6-under 66.
He was 6 shots ahead when he completed. He was 4 shots ahead over Sam Burns when his side of the field completed. And it was down to 3 after some amazing play by Justin Thomas (66) and Kevin Streelman (64) in remarkably strong gusts that followed the storm.
Morikawa was at 13- under 131, one shot off the 36- hole course record set by Jason Dufner in 2017 at the Memorial.
Thomas hasn’t made a bogey all week and completed his round with an 8-foot birdie putt. Streelman reached 11 under till a bogey on the par-3 8th near completion of his round. They will remain in the last group Saturday, which will be played in threesomes since a set of 75- minute hold-ups from thunderstorms indicated the 2nd round didn’t end up.
That implies Brooks Koepka needs to wait to see if his huge surface settled.
Starting with a near ace on the 12 th hole, Koepka birdied 5 of his last 7 holes, closing with a 40- foot birdie putt for a69 That put him at 1-under 143, and he left in a tie for 68 th with more than 30 gamers not able to end up.
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“That’s what you’ve got to do. I never give up, never think you’re out of it, and you’ve just got to battle through it no matter what you’re doing,” Koepka stated.
The top 65 and ties advance and, with early morning conditions, the cut was most likely to remain at 2 under. Koepka signed his card and after that chose to play the Memorial next week. He runs out the top 150 in the FedEx Cup with 5 competitions left.
Sam Burns birdied his last 3 holes for a 66 and signed up with past Muirfield Village winner Hideki Matsuyama (68) 4 shots behind. Right behind was Viktor Hovland, who made the most of the tee being gone up on the par-4 14 th. His tee shot almost entered and he opted for a tap-in eagle on his method to a 67.
Morikawa, with 15 birdies and an eagle through 2 rounds, is making his launching at the course Jack Nicklaus developed, and maybe it’s no coincidence that Nicklaus was well-known for striking a cut.
“I had heard from a lot of people before, this course was going to suit a left-to-right shot, anyway,” Morikawa stated. “Obviously, Jack hit that, and I think it does. But I’ve been able to leave myself some really good numbers into approach shots. I’ve been keeping myself in the fairway for the most part, and that obviously helps.”
Phil Mickelson had another interesting day, minus the crisis at completion of his round. He opened by breaking in for birdie and making a 12- foot eagle putt. With the tee moved on on the 14 th hole, the par 4 protected by a pond right of the green, he struck motorist to 10 feet and needed to go for birdie.
And right prior to the very first batch of storms showed up, Mickelson felt the wind shift and get more powerful, so he took motorist on the par-5 5th and whaled away over the trees and simply inside yard fences. It settled in the rough, however it left him just 114 backyards away and a pitching wedge to the green.
The speed of the greens tricked him, and he consistently left putts short. Even so, he handled to publish an affordable number. Jordan Spieth wasn’t as lucky. He took double bogey on his 17 th hole, the par-3 8th, and was most likely to miss out on the cut.
Morikawa had actually made 22 cuts in a row to begin his professional profession, a streak that ended 2 weeks ago at the TravelersChampionship That was 3 except the streak Tiger Woods created when he turned professional.
But the 23- year-old Californian was more thinking about low ratings than just getting in 4 rounds and a wage.
“At the end of the day, you’re out there to win tournaments,” he stated. “If you miss the cut, make it by whatever, you just want to learn from each week. And like I said, I learned a lot from those two days missing the cut than I have in a lot of events so far when I’ve been finishing whatever.”
This one triggered him to take a closer appearance at what was doing not have in his video game, rather of being fairly content with a strong surface.
Somewhere along the method, he could not depend on his cut shot, permitting him to intend some 6 backyards left of his target and fade it towards the pin, no matter where it lay. It sought his practice round Wednesday that he determined what was missing out on, and he returned to an old drill of sticking his glove under his left arm. It’s a rotational drill, and it settled.
“I think sometimes when something really doesn’t go your way, like missing a cut, it just stands out a little more,” he stated.