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.
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