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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friday Was a Day for Wild Bounces

Yes, there were some wild goings-on in the world of golf on Friday... and many of them involved bounces.

For example, I guess almost everybody heard about the pinball shot amateur Chris Mohan made at the par-3 17th hole at the Humana Challenge. The ball went wide left, bounced far right, then bounced back onto the green. Mohan made the birdie!

BTW, Holly Sonders is holding up her end of things in the amateur competition there. Of the four invitees, only Craig T. Nelson (-13) is playing better than Holly (-11). Michael Bolton (-8) and Jay Feely (-6) will have to confess they got beat by a girl. Relative to the field, Holly is T91 out of 156 amateurs; the leader, Dave Colby, is -23 after two rounds... and shot a net 58 in the second round!

HOWEVER, there were some wild bounces elsewhere also. At the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, the Champions Tour event in Hawaii, Fred Couples did his own pinball imitation at the par-5 7th when his second shot went far right and bounced way up in the air, off the cartpath, and onto the green for an 8-foot eagle. (Sorry I couldn't find a better video.)

And Bernhard Langer is trying to bounce back from a thumb injury he sustained during the pro-am there on Thursday. He said it's causing considerable pain although he was able to play through it in Friday's round. It's the same thumb he had surgery on a few months ago, so that injury bears watching.

The bounces in Dubai, at the European Tour event, had nothing to do with rocks or lava but were pretty dramatic nevertheless. Phil Mickelson bounced back from his birdieless first round with 5 of them in the second, and Rory McIlroy continued his bounceback from a poor 2013 by posting a 67 to get within 2 shots of the lead.

But the most dramatic was seeing Henrik Stenson get bounced from the tournament. According to the ET website, it's his first missed cut on the ET since the Alfred Dunhill Links in October 2012 -- 469 days. (He had also missed the cut on the PGA Tour at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship in May.) Still, after all his good play in the last few months, it's strange seeing him miss the cut.

I wonder what kind of bounces we might see this weekend?

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