Wells Fargo Championship @ Quail Hollow May 04 2012
Nick Watney leads after the 2nd round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow after shooting a marvelous round of -8 under par 64. He leads by just one shot from Webb Simpson who had a -4 under par round of 68. There are a few players who are another shot back at -10 under par for the tournament, they are;
Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, D.A. Points and Australian John Senden.
Among those who scraped through on the cut line of -1 under par were Phil Mickleson, who had an even round today, and Lee Westwood who also had an even round. Lee seems to make it a habit of starting slowly and finishing strongly, but both he and Phil have a long road ahead of them if they intend to contest the Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Notables missing the cut at even par include;
Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman, Biggest name of all is that of Tiger Woods.
Tiger is struggling to make Sean Foley's swing work and is still attempting to erase the muscle memory of the one he cultivated with Hank Haney. I personally think the major problem is that he is missing the camaraderie and unquestionably great advice and reading of the game of Steve Williams. Sadly for Tiger and his legions of supporters that will never return, Tiger has to find another way of getting the job done. Tiger said after his unexpected exit;"It all has to do with my setup. If I get over the golf ball and I feel uncomfortable, I hit it great. It's just that I get out there and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff, and I hit it awful. All the shots I got uncomfortable on, I just said, 'I'm going to get really uncomfortable and make it feel as bad as it possibly could,' I striped it. I know what I need to do, it's just I need more reps doing it." Tiger also rued missing out on the par 5's; "You just can't do that, especially when all of them are reachable with irons. I didn't take care of the par 5s, missed a couple other little short ones for birdie, and consequently got no momentum during the round." Playing partner today,Geoff Ogilvy commented "He wouldn't be out of the tournament if he'd made putts. If he holed putts, he'd be in contention ' Tiger's day could have been even worse than it was, he benefited from some help from the gallery, the report goes like this, "One gentleman specifically, an older gentleman, told me, I saw the ball hit right here, I saw it bounce, it didn't look like it was going far, and then I saw several people come around and get around the ball where it was going, and the ball was vanished. Listen, I'm thinking all the time, if you can't find the ball, the ball is lost. But based on the evidence we had, somebody must have picked the ball up the way I see it." Tiger was philosophical about the incident; "A gentleman saw the ball land and roll, and another gentleman verified he saw the same thing. There were about five or six people that ran over to the ball, and the next thing you know we get down there and there's hundreds of people and no ball. You saw an area there, there's really nothing there. We looked around for a while, and then Mark came over there and analyzed the situation and what was going on. We gave him all the information. The two gentlemen participated in the conversation, and we dropped it as close as we could to where they thought it was picked up. So that was it."
Others missing the cut were, Danny Lee at +2 over par, a disappointment for all Kiwi's who thought after his first round he would make the cut here. Vijay Singh at +1 and Reteif Goosen with a sad second round of 75, leaving him out of the tournament at +3 over par. Keegan Bradley also missed due to a second round 76.