1997 Buick Invitational - Second Round Notes

Another day with perfect weather (read: "no wind") for golf yielded scores comparable to yesterday's. The North course played to an average of 69.974, which is 2 tenths higher than yesterday. Twelve eagles, just like yesterday, were scored on this course today. Both, the 9th and 18th holes played to less than 4.5 strokes average. The South course yielded lower scores than yesterday's. It played to an average of 72.885. But today players doubled the number of eagles on this course, as compared to yesterday's round. Just like on the North course, the 9th and 18th holes proved to be "just" pars 4.5's, instead of par-5's.

Michael Bradley made the best of his "North day" with a 63. He played the par-5 holes at 5-under (3 birdies and one eagle), hit every green in regulation, 12 or 14 fairways and needed 29 putts. Steve Lowery and Mark O'Meara, who shared the lead at 11-under, both shot 66. Mark on the North and Steve on the South. O'Meara hit only 13 greens and 6 fairways, but needed only 26 putts. Lowery hit 14 greens and 9 fairways, with 29 putts. He made 3 eagles in these first two rounds. But O'Meara made 15 birdies so far, 6 more than Lowery, and no eagles. Eight of those birdies came on par-5's.

  • Shots of the Day: There were two more eagle-2's today. One on the 5th hole, North course, made by Tommy Armour III (who, in spite of it, missed the cut), and the other one by Mike Hulbert on the 5th hole, South course. All three eagle-2's in this tournament have been on the 5th holes (two on the North and one on the South).

  • Making The Best of It (Part II): Frank Lickliter, who, as I noted yesterday, was the last player to make the field when Dave Rummels withdrew, has kept up his performance with a nice 68 on the South course.

  • Experience Counts (Part II): Seven of the top-14 players are former winners of this event (Forsman, Blake, Tway), or local players (O'Meara, Scott Simpson), or both (Craig Stadler, Phil Mickelson).

  • Amateur Performance: Amateurs flipped-flopped performances. Mike Samoles shot an 82 on the South, to go with his 73 of yesterday on the North for a 155 total and last place), whereas 16-year-old John Leary shot a 71 on the North, which with his 81 on the South yesterday gives him a 152 total and a tie for 152nd place.

  • Swedish Update: Adam Mednick: 68 (North), 77 (South), tied for 113th and missed the cut. Jesper Parnevik: 70 (South), 66 (North), tied for 7th. Gabriel Hjertstedt: 71 (South), 72 (North), tied for 79th and missed the cut by one.

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