Friday, January 20

Ryan Moore: Par, Bogey, Bogey, 61

Ryan Moore
THREE PLAYERS SHARE THE 36-HOLE LEAD at 16 under at the 2012 Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation. These guys (all of them, not just the leaders) go especially low in Palm Desert. Ben Crane (63), David Toms (65) and Mark Wilson (62) are at 128, three ahead of a four-player group at 13 under.

But none of the leaders had the low round of the day. That goes to Ryan Moore with a 61. After a mediocre 72 in the opening round, Moore teed off at 9:40 a.m. on Friday with Paul Goydos and amateurs Randy Niederbrach and Pete Knoll. Niederbrach carries a 12 handicap; Noll is a 16.

Moore started out like he was going to put up another 72. He parred the 1st and then made consecutive bogeys. Then he kind of got it going. The Tacoma, Washington, native and former UNLV star played the next 14 holes in 13 under par. That torrid stretch included an eagle at the 4th, six straight birdies on holes 6 through 11, and five consecutive birdies on 13 through 17.

Wouldn’t you love to be at the 19th hole and have someone ask, “How’d you do out there today?”

“I had a 61.”

“Dude! Really?”

Then your buddy chimes in, “And he had two bogeys.”

Actually, a conversation like that probably took place this afternoon at La Quinta. Not only did Moore have two bogeys, he had two amateurs. Boy, their eyes must have been popping out of their sockets.

−The Armchair Golfer


Brian Kuehn said...

Once, before I ever broke 90, I had a string of 4 under par holes (eagle and 3 birdies). Of course that day I followed them up with a string of doubles or worse and probably shot 48 for 9 holes.

In the ensuing 20 years, I think I have managed one string of 3 birdies, maybe two.

It is utterly amazing to me when professionals run off a string of under par holes. To sustain that level of perfection for an hour or two is hard to fathom.

The Armchair Golfer said...

That's good, Brian. Any string of birdies is good in my book. I once had four straight. It definitely got into my head.

rickyleepotts said...

That's awesome. I've hit balls next to him. He's a great guy and a round like that deserves some attention!