Humana Challenge. Patrick Pounds La Quinta. January 17 2014
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Patrick eased his way round the tree-lined La Quinta Course carding -9 under par 63 in the second round of the Humana Challenge, it copied his score from the first round, giving him a tournament total of -18 under par, and a two shot lead.
He said it was just a birdie-fest out there;
"For sure it's a birdie-fest, this tournament is. It's pretty easy to get in that Monday-qualifying mindset, due to the fact that you're playing three different courses. So, the first day, it's like, `All right, well, let's see how we do against the guys in my course there, and the same thing every day."
" It's great to have that feeling that you can go out and shoot 63, and to actually do it two times in a row shows that what we have done during the off-season and what we're doing now is working."
" That tee shot on five is not easy, you have to hit a perfect high cut around that tree and if it goes straight, you're actually through the fairway. You have to hit a hook around those trees. And when I hit a perfect drive like that, had a perfect number for a five iron to the left flag. When I hit something three-quarters or 85 percent, it's normally a little draw, so I just aimed it in the middle of the green and hit it up there to 4 feet. That was kind of just perfect for me."
Brendon Todd is in second place at -16 under par, he also shot a second round -9 under par 63, on the Palmer Course, and is the only player in the competition to remain bogey free.
Brendon thinks bogey free is great;
"Obviously, both days were really solid, bogey-free was huge. Before I knew it, I was at 7- or 8-under with a few to play, feeling like I should birdie every hole. The weather's been so good, I'm not surprised to see what Patrick did."
Ryan Palmer is in third place, three strokes back from the leader at 15-under par for the tournament, after a -7 under par 65 round at La Quinta.
Ryan said he was hanging in there;
"Overall, it was another great day, another great finish, hanging in there, staying strong."Keegan Bradley had a hole-in-one in his round of -6 under par 66 that left him at -9 under pat, in his first start of the year. His 176 yard shot on the third hole landed about 10 feet short of the pin and rolled in. Keegan described the shot thus; "A little baby 7-iron."
We are only half way through this tournament and if the elements stay the same, the temperature in the 80s, with no wind it makes golf kind of easy. It was so calm today the ponds looked like glass, the water was as still as the plastic swans PGA West uses to scare away geese. They need something to put a scare into the players, they are running rings around these venues.