Friday at the Tournament of Champions(!) has turned out to be something of a birdie-fest. Ernie Els– reasonably fresh off a win at the South African Open, let’s not forget– has made it to the sixteenth tee with eight birdies and no dropped shots to his name. He’s nine-under for the tournament and currently sitting in second place alongside Dustin Johnson, who’s making predictable mincemeat of Kapalua’s generous landing areas.
The lead is currently held by podge-and-proud Swede, Carl Pettersson (a man happy to let the pronounciation of his name fly in the face of phonetics). He’s blazed out of the starting blocks and sits at three-under through five.
Though a DJ win would do the payment of my electricity bill no harm, a promising opening round had left me with high hopes for Stuart Appleby, my dark horse bet at a generous 28/1. A (comparatively) catastrophic start has seen him plummet to the arse end of the leaderboard, however, and left me cursing cruel Fate. I tell you this not to elicit sympathy, though that wouldn’t hurt, but to help illustrate just how volatile the leaderboard is. Having dropped only one shot today, he’s fallen sixteen spots in a shortened field.
Who wins? Your guess is (nearly) as good as mine.
[What in the blazes!? DJ’s just doubled the driveable fourteenth to slip back to eight-under. Golf should have it’s own special variety of irony.]