We’ve reached the midway point at the Memorial, so let’s take a quick look at where things stand for our esteemed Ten to Win:
Jason Day: -5 (7th place) The Muirfield Village member is off to a great start, despite not having much of a record of past success here. Might be our best pick…like where he stands heading into moving day. You’re welcome.
Bryson DeChambeau: Missed Cut – The pudgy scientist was cruising along nicely at even par for the day, and a few shots inside the cut line when he reached the par 5 15th. With his newfound, totally natural power that doesn’t make him irrationally irritable whatsoever, DeChambeau is thinking eagle at best, birdie at worst when he’s standing on the tee box. He then proceeds to pull his drive left into a hazard. So, he takes a woods in the midst of thick rough and in the trees and decides to go for the green. Well, he found the green of the backyard of a house in the adjacent neighborhood. Twice. Naturally, he tries for a third time and narrowly avoids OB and the water, has a lengthy argument with a rules official about whether one of his shots was actually out of bounds (spoiler: it was), has his caddie block the view of a nearby cameraman, chips up and 2-putts for a 10. Have a nice flight home Bryson!
Tony Finau: -9 (T1) On Wednesday, Finau partnered with Jon Rahm in a 9-hole charity match against Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell. They played the back nine and shot 9 under as a team, with a par on 18. Finau was 6-under on his own, and on the “straightest drive” contest, his drive finished 1 yard away from the center of the fairway…and about 370 yards away from the tee box. So, yeah, we’re feeling surprisingly good about this one too, but we’ll see if Finau can handle the pressure of being atop the leaderboard on the weekend. For someone with his talent, he has not won much.
Rickie Fowler: Missed Cut – Apparently, all that past success didn’t really matter.
Harry Higgs: Missed Cut – Our hero was 1 shot off the cut line when he reached the 16th tee. He proceeded to go double bogey, bogey, bogey to finish his day with a 78, which coincidentally is also what we shot on Friday. And we’re quite sure we feel much better about it than Harry does. (Impressive way to sneak in that not so humble brag, wasn’t it?).
Brooks Koepka: +3 (T68) – Brooks snuck inside the cut line, and apparently, he realized that just having a major-quality field still doesn’t mean that it’s an actual major. Guessing he’s not grinding on the range.
Rory McIlroy: -2 (T21) – In our preview, we said McIlroy has been solid but not spectacular. That seems to be an apt description of his play this week. With a nice round today, McIlroy could put himself in position for a come from behind win on Sunday. In the mix, but has some work to do. But, if anyone can go low, it’s Rory.
Justin Rose: Missed Cut – See Fowler, Rickie
Justin Thomas: -3 (T16) Like Rory, Thomas is in a solid position heading into the weekend. His good form continues, and with his ability to go low, he could make a run at it. Will be interesting to see if any fatigue sets in after playing to a playoff last week.
Tiger Woods: +3 (T68) After a solid start on Thursday, Tiger had a tough day on Friday but managed to sneak inside the cut line. Normally, a Woods-Koepka pairing would be must watch TV, but when it’s the first group out on a Saturday, it loses some of its appeal. While Tiger is likely too far back to win, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him go low today and make it interesting.
Overall, we had 6 of our 10 make the cut (not great), but 4 of those 6 are in the top 25. So, you’re telling me there’s a chance. Enjoy the golf!