Ryan Moore would not wish to trade place with me, but I’d gladly have taken some of his water bottle yesterday. Moore had posted even par on day one of the Humana and began his second round at 9:40 PCT with 2 bogeys in 3 holes. Then came a 14-hole stretch where he went 13-under par. Indeed!
Moore began with an eagle three on the par five 4th hole of the PGA West Nicklaus course. After a par on hole five, Moore tuned out and posted 3-2-4-3-3-2 (all birdies), woke up for one hole with a par on twelve, then went 4-3-3-4-2 (again, all birdies) before reaching early again for the alarm clock, finishing with a par.
What’s funny, funny is, Mark Wilson signed for a career-low 62 on the adjacent Palmer Course and wasn’t low man for the day. No crystal for you, Mr. Wilson! The Hope, oops, I mean the Humana, is fun golf, it really is. It takes us brashly where we’ll never go on our own, without double-handicap events or scramble structures.
Can you imagine the ringer score yesterday at either golf course? Between Ben Crane, Mark Wilson and Cameron Tringale at the Palmer course, I count -17 (both Crane and Wilson eagled the same hole and they had to count two pars!) At La Quinta, -15 was the ringer score for Bobby Gates, Jeff Maggert and Jason Dufner. Try as I might, I can’t get the Nickalaus course boys any lower than -15, despite Moore’s 61. It’s all about the timing with ringer scores, I guess.