Here is everything you need to know about the second round course set up, courtesy of the USGA. If you can figure out why Martin Kaymer is at 10-under and his closest competitors are at two-under, then you are a golf genius.
Green Speeds – Due to roughly 1 inch of rain last night, today’s green speeds will average just shy of 12 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter. This will be approximately a half-foot slower than the last four days.
Weather Affecting Course Setup – Three rain gauges on property measured (1) 0.64 inches, (2) 1 inch and (3) 1¼ inches. The rain fell very quickly, causing a great deal of washouts in bunkers and the sandy native areas. Due to a great deal of debris, fairways and closely mown areas around greens were not mown this morning. The likely net result is that players may opt to putt less when they are in the closely mown areas. Green firmness readings have dropped to their lowest (softest) readings in more than a couple of weeks.
Total Course Yardage for Friday (tee marker settings to flagstick) = 3,635 yards out; 3,793 yards in = 7,428 total yards
Hole 1 – 399 yards; the hole location is in the center-right portion of the green.
Hole 2 – 513 yards; the hole location is in the challenging right quadrant of the green.
Hole 3 (Drivable par-4) – 315 yards (307 yards lasered on a straight line from tee markers to flagstick); tee markers have been placed on the forward teeing ground; the hole location is in the front-right portion of the green; putts from the center of the green to the hole are relatively fast.
Hole 4 – 523 yards; tee markers have been placed on the back teeing ground; the hole is located in the front-left portion of the green.
Hole 5 (first par-5) – 563 yards; tee markers are placed on the middle of the three back teeing grounds; the hole location is in the back-left portion of the green, bringing the severe left fall-off into play.
Hole 6 – 245 yards; tee markers have been moved to the front of the back teeing ground; the hole location is in the back center, allowing for run-out on tee shots; this is one of the rare occasions on Pinehurst No. 2 where shots missed over the green leave the player with a reasonably good chance of saving par.
Hole 7 – 412 yards; the hole location is in the front-left portion of the green near the “bowl;” putts coming from the back half of the green are very fast; a miss short of the green in some cases might be preferable to hitting the green in regulation past the hole.
Hole 8 – 496 yards; the hole location is in the center-back portion of the green, bringing the severe fall-off behind, left and right of the green into play.
Hole 9 – 169 yards; tee markers are moved 17 paces forward of the tee sign; the hole location is in the lower-right half of the green; putts played from the upper left half of the green are very fast.
Hole 10 (second par-5) – 627 yards; the hole location is in the back center of the left quadrant of the green.
Hole 11 – 473 yards; the hole location is several paces over the front-left false front.
Hole 12 – 494 yards; tee markers are on the back teeing ground; the hole location is two-thirds of the way back on the right side.
Hole 13 – 383 yards; the hole location is just over the bunker that fronts the left side of the green.
Hole 14 – 480 yards; the hole location is two-thirds of the way back on a plateau on the right side of the green.
Hole 15 – 158 yards; tee markers have been moved up 37 paces on the far left side of the teeing ground; the hole location is in the front right of the green, just a few paces past the pronounced false front; even with the slower green speeds today, putts are very fast coming down to the hole from most parts of the green.
Hole 16 – 532 yards; the hole location is in the left portion of the green, roughly two-thirds deep in the green.
Hole 17 – 191 yards; the tee markers are placed on the front of the back teeing ground; the hole location is just over the front-right bunker.
Hole 18 – 455 yards; the hole location is in the left portion of the putting green, about two-thirds deep in the green.
Weather Forecast for Friday (provided by Jake Swick with Thor Guard Weather) – .64″ fell onsite just after 9 p.m. last night. Fortunately, even though we have light winds, high humidity and mostly clear skies, fog has not formed and does not seem as though it will be a problem this morning. The center of the slow-moving trough is in northern S.C. right now and will pass over Pinehurst today. This means that we will once again start seeing showers and storms popping up by lunchtime near us and just to our east like yesterday. If we can miss out on that action like we did midday yesterday, then the center of the trough will continue marching east during the afternoon and should take most, if not all, of that activity over I-95 and toward the coast away from us. We would still have a 20 percent chance of a shower or storm mid-afternoon, then it looks like we might briefly have a 40 percent chance of a shower or storm again toward sunset from any activity moving east out of the western Carolina mountains. Dewpoints should drop a little more this afternoon, so even though we’ll be back in the upper 80s again, it could feel a degree or two less than yesterday. Behind this storm system, a weak cold front will dip into our area tonight, turning the winds around to come out of the north and east. Latest indications are that the breeze on Saturday should still be fairly light, staying at or below 10 mph most of the day with the strongest winds slightly more possible in the morning rather than the afternoon. I’m still leaving a 40 percent chance of a shower or storm in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday afternoons right now, but the models are trending drier over the weekend and I’d like to see at least one more model run suggest that before I drop down to 20 percent for both days.