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Saturday, October 8, 2011

But at Least Tiger Made It

Patrick Cantlay certainly knew what he was talking about when he said the first round doesn't really matter.

Aat least, it doesn't matter as long as you don't shoot yourself out of the picture.

Just as he did back at the Masters, Tiger managed to put something together after a so-so first round. Two birdies, two bogeys, and one double in the first round gave way to six birdies and three bogeys in the second. It was clear that he's more frustrated than he wants to let on... but we've gotten used to that in the last couple of years, haven't we? At least we know he made the cut, which is currently sitting at +1 (Tiger's at -1), so he has something to build on.

Cantlay's future isn't quite so clear. Just as Tiger went 3-under in the second round, Cantlay went 3-over to finish right on the cut line. His round looked more like Tiger's first, with only two birdies against three bogeys and a double. In many ways, the first round truly didn't matter.

But more troubling for the amateur is the weather. A large number of players at 1- and 2-over are still on the course, due to a weather delay early Friday. Cantlay sits T70 with the other +1 players; the bunch at even are T57. Likewise, a large number of those players at even are still on the course. The cut line is still extremely fluid -- at least, it is as I write this.

It's amazing how much things can change in one round, isn't it? I guess that's why we say golf is so much like life. Like so many other things, it's not always how you start, it's how you finish.

And you may not even get a chance to finish unless you find a way to make the cut.

Now we'll get to see if Tiger's really learned anything.

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