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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Everyone Knows It's Windy...

Down at the Valero Texas Open, but I don't think it's quite what the Association had in mind when they recorded this...



But the song is certainly appropriate. Only 16 players finished the day under par -- about a third of Thursday's total. Remember Kevin Na's 80 on Thursday? Quite a few players shot worse than that on Friday, including an 87 from Chris Baryla.

Btw, in case you didn't see it, TGC talked to Na after he shot his second round 77. He was actually in pretty good spirits and still laughing a bit about Thursday -- he said he saw the tape when he counted up his strokes, and thought it was probably entertaining for viewers. When asked if there was anything he wished he had done different, he said, "I should have taken a 7-iron instead of an 8. I bet I would have gotten out of the trees then." And he grinned real big. Yeah, I think he picked up some fans this week.

Seven players are tied for the lead at -3. When was the last time you saw a non-major where the lead was that high after two rounds? Geoff Ogilvy is in that tie, and defending (raining?) champion Adam Scott is just one back. Angel Cabrera barely missed the +4 cut.

"And Windy has stormy eyes" that were focused on Kuala Lumpur at the ET's Maybank Malaysian Open. Rory McIlroy stormed the course with a 64 to tie the lead... after which the course just got stormed. They couldn't even finish the second round because of all the lightning. (I should point out that Simon Dyson also shot a 64, but he's a shot back. What a bummer, eh?)

There were several scores over 80 in Malaysia as well, including an 89 from Marcel Siem. The projected cut there is even par, where Masters champ Charl Schwartzel is barely hanging on.

If ever there was a weekend to "blow" a lead, this looks like the one... but I don't expect Rory to do that this week. Just watching the interviews, I'd say the "eyes that flash" belong to him.

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