The day at the PGA: Idiots in the crowd and more McIlroy misery
Talking point: Idiots in the crowd
This is getting silly now. What possesses grown made to shout ridiculous things after players have hit their shots? Mashed potatoes, baba-booey, PGA Tour dot com get in baby (yes really) and a whole host of generally annoying behaviour.
You don’t get it at The Open. But then you do get silly rules like not being able to take pictures on your phone. Surely we can find a middle ground which allows spectators to enjoy themselves without being complete idiots.
*Warning! Below tweet contains a swear word*
— Ryan Jones (@the_gajone) July 30, 2016
Shot of the day: Hideki Matsuyama
Jason Day created his own highlights reel on the back nine with four birdies in a row which included some superb approach play and putting.
But this hole out from Matsuyama on the par-4 second was simply delightful.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 29, 2016
We are surprised by: Emiliano Grillo
The Argentinian has been plodding away on the PGA Tour for a couple of years now and despite a first win at the 2015 Frys.com Open he is by no means a household name. But that probably doesn’t do the 23-year-old justice.
Ranked 37th in the world – the highest from South America – and in 30th place in this year’s FedEx Cup, Grillo can certainly play.
And when you expected him to fade away in Friday’s second round he just kept grinding out the pars. There’s plenty of big names around him but he’s shown he can cope with the pressure.
We are not surprised by: Rory McIlroy’s putting
Unfortunately it is going to be two calendar years without a major for the Northern Irishman.
One minute he looks a million dollars, the next he’s missing another four footer. He made 65 putts over his two rounds which he labeled himself as “pathetic”.
His short iron play simply wasn’t good enough either.
A real shame as his driving and long irons were spectacular at times.
It was highlighted on the par-3 16th where a superb tee shot only resulted in a par.
What happened on the last two holes summed it up even better. A birdie at 17 got him above the cut line on +2 and with a par-5 to finish you’d have backed him to make the weekend. Instead McIlroy duffed two chips on his way to a bogey and a second major missed cut of the year – his first ever at the PGA.
He often doesn’t have the ability to grind it out in the way that Spieth and Day can – both whom came into this week struggling with aspects of their games.
And after his Olympics comments he might be left feeling pretty low when he reflects on the summer of 2016.
Worst outfit: Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson
They may well be side by side on the fairway in matching outfits at Hazeltine in September but this would have been a bit awkward on the first tee.
Best quote: Colin Montgomerie
Monty: “Always remember to mark your score and that of your playing partner.”
Mark Roe: “What are you looking at me for?”
Monty: “We won’t talk about Royal St Georges.”
Best tweet: Jason Sobel
Jason Day on Wednesday: "I'm not coming into this week expecting a lot."
Ah, the ol' "underpromise and overdeliver" strategy.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) July 29, 2016
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