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Friday, July 10, 2015

Lydia and Jordan Are Both Even... Imagine That!

It just struck me as funny. The two wunderkids of golf are both stuck at even par after one round at their respective events.

Lydia at Lancaster CC

Lydia's situation is easier to understand. A US Open is much more difficult than a John Deere Classic, and many more-experienced players found themselves moving rapidly under par only to have those strokes -- and more! -- taken back just as rapidly. The lead is only -4 -- held by Karrie Webb and Marina Alex -- and that on a damp course that was set up to play slightly less than 6400 yards. The ladies normally eat that sort of setup for breakfast! Lydia is merely T18, which isn't so bad after one round.

In addition, a break for lightning means some of the players didn't finish their rounds Thursday. Depending on how soggy the course is after the "torrential rains" (that's how FOX described them), Lydia's position might improve slightly.

Jordan at TPC Deere Run

But Jordan finds himself tied for 101st at a course where low scores are the norm. He's 8 off the lead starting round two and will need something spectacular if he wants to play the weekend... at least, if he wants to play in the US. Presumably he would leave early for St. Andrews if he misses the cut.

In the meantime, his buddy Justin Thomas is tied for the lead with Lexi Thompson's brother Nicholas. (Lexi didn't finish her round either. She's at even par with two holes to play.)

Of course you know you can catch the John Deere on GC and the US Women's Open on FOX Sports 1. However, you may not know that you can catch early coverage of the ladies at beginning at 10am ET for a couple of hours. (The link to the live coverage didn't show up until about 10 minutes before broadcast time. But if you don't see it, just wait; it will magically appear before 10.) And I believe the USGA site is also carrying coverage from 1:45pm-7pm ET, just in case you can't get FOX Sports 1.

At least, that's what it says on the LPGA leaderboard. And if you want to see Lydia and you don't have FOX Sports 1, you'll need it. She's in the afternoon wave today.

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