Mar
25
2011
Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational Second Round Open Thread (*Update)
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Tiger Woods trying to get into contention!

Day two at Bay Hill and Spencer Levin is in the process of lapping the field… or is he? Three-under for the day through the turn, he’s nine-under par for the tournament and six shots clear of a group that consists of Steve Marino, the Playmobil Kid (Fowler) and Hunter Mahan, with the latter two yet to tee off. I’ve been a fan of Levin’s game for some time– here’s hoping this is his week!

Tiger Woods has made a promising start to his day with two birdies in his first seven holes and, statistically speaking, he’s nearly 100% more accurate off the tee today than yesterday. Sadly, that still leaves his driving accuracy somewhere around the 50% mark.

Ian Poulter, in spite of the blight that is spike marks, is continuing his steady golf and has climbed to two-under for the tournament. He’s joined on that number by wily veterans Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen, both of whose patience will likely prove a virtue this week, and Phil Mickelson, whose long-term relationship with patience is probably best filed under ‘it’s complicated.’

Feel free to mouth off in the thread!

Conor

Update, 11:25am: I didn’t realize Conor posted something already. (Thanks, Conor!) So I wrote something, too.

Spencer Levin left off where he started after posting an impressive six-under 66 in super tough conditions on Thursday. He kicked off the round by dropping in a 30 footer for birdie, and then rolled in two more en route to shooting three-under 33 on the front nine. Through 13 holes, Levin is nine-under. At one point, he had a six-shot advantage over the next closest contenders (though the afternoon wave has yet to tee off). He’s playing alongside good buddy Steve Marino who is four-under for the day, cutting Levin’s lead to four.

Guess who else is playing decently and making a move up the leaderboard today? Tiger Woods! He shot a one-over 73 in the first round, which wasn’t terrible considering it looked much more. I followed him for five holes and you would have thought he was five-over. He found his first fairway of the day on No. 12, doffing his hat to the crowd sarcastically afterward. Although the stats say Tiger hit four fairways, he only missed several by a yard or two. Like on No. 11, his ball rolled a few feet into the first cut.

This morning he’s taking advantage of the calmer conditions, posting three-under 33 on the back nine. Through 11 holes, he’s gotten back to two-under total and T8 at the moment.

Ian Poulter, who whined about the bumpy greens yesterday afternoon, is liking the fresh greens, posting three consecutive birdies on his first nine. He’s moving up the leaderboard, making the turn at three-under.

Conditions are much more mild today and the wind isn’t expected to blow nearly as hard as it did on Thursday afternoon — which should allow some guys in the afternoon wave to cut into Levin’s lead.

I’m heading out to the course to catch Levin and Marino, and then Tiger and the bombers Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland. Stay tuned.

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)