Why oh why does ESPN and the rest of the Golf loving media insist on putting Tiger Woods on the front page when he plays crappy golf. This is not front page news!
Keegan Bradley, playing in his first major, shot a 64. Jason Dufner, who had missed the cut in five of his last six events, made 65. Both were at 5-under 135. “I’m playing some good golf,” said Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley. “When you’re playing well, it seems easy. I’m hitting a lot of greens and putting some of the best I’ve putted all year.”
Steve Stricker came into the round with a two-stroke lead after a bogey-free 63 — tied for the lowest score ever in a major and just a hair away from having the record all to himself. He missed a 10-footer for birdie and a 62 at his final hole Thursday.
There would be a lot more of those on Friday. Suddenly, one of the game’s steadiest putters couldn’t make one, lipping out a couple short attempts and ceding the lead with four bogeys on the front side. He slumped to a 74 and was two shots off the lead.
Rory McIlroy hasn’t given up challenging on the weekend, even after struggling to a 73 that included a triple bogey. He was eight shots off the lead.