Saturday, September 5, 2009

Deutsche Bank Second Round Highlights

I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments from the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship today! PGA Tour rookie Marc Leishman, teeing off in the first group of the day at 7:40 am, shot a 29 on the first nine holes of play ending with a round of 9- 62 falling one shot short of the course record (which happens to be 61 set by Vijay Singh BTW)! Australian Leishman is currently 93rd on the FedEx Cup point standings and is looking to bust a move this weekend! When asked how he was adjusting to his rookie year on tour the Australian said "you know, a little bit star struck at first, the first tournaments you play with Tiger and Phil and the big names, but starting to get used to it. Obviously the more you do it, the better you get." He finished up 10- for the day tied for 3rd place along with Retief Goosen - not too shabby! Just as I approached the fairway on hole #2 (a 562 yard par 5) to watch one of my all time faves - Argentinian Angel Cabrera, his playing partner John Senden holed out from 250 yards with a four-iron for the first double eagle in Deutsche Bank Championship history and the third double eagle in PGA Tour competition in 2009! Not one to be undone, Cabrera shot an eagle too! Co-leaders Jim Furyk and Sean O'Hair set the bar at 12- for the day! In the press room after his round Sean was asked about the two years he spent traveling around New England in the Summer playing on the (mini-tour) Cleveland Golf Tour. He replied, "Some of Jackie and I's best memories were playing the New England Tour. We had alot of fun traveling. I wasn't used to playing on a Tour, and so it was nice to kind of get to know some guys that could play and that competition. We got some confidence because I played really well. I don't think I missed a cut on those two years. You, know we had a motor home and we were traveling around. At the time we had no kids but we had a big, fat lab that was like a kid, and we just kind of were trying to live week to week, really. But I think those times kind of make this pretty sweet." Steve Stricker's 36 hole total of 130 is the second-lowest of his career, second only to the 126 he recorded en route to his win earlier this year at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The 36 hole cut for the tournament ended up at 1- under 141 and 73 players advance from a field of 99 professionals. Those who missed the cut included Stewart Cink, Heath Slocum, Ernie Els, Fred Couples, and Rory Sabbatini. The results for the first round of the John D. Mineck Junior Cup over at the Boston Golf Club are Team New England 22, Team USA 14. Last year Team USA won the event with a score of 43-29. Sunday tee times begin at 8am and the winning team will be recognized Sunday evening at the Deutsche Bank Championship's Sunday Celebration at TPC Boston.

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