Nine bogeys, and one Double bogey in a Professional Golf tournament, will normally get you an early trip home, and so it was, with Phil Mickelson at The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Phil had a combined eight over par in his first two rounds at the Bay Hill Golf and Resort, and will miss the cut which is predicted to be one to two over par. Mickelson will be well short of that mark when play is over on Friday night.
Lefty followed his eight bogey performance on Thursday with a not so good Friday. He was not hitting the ball particularly well, he wasn’t hitting greens, and he was not making putts. Actually, absolutely nothing was working at The King’s Course for Phil this week. His only bright spot, was an eagle three on the par five 16th hole on Thursday, but he would neutralize that with a double bogey seven at the par five sixth hole on Friday.
He is joined on his trip home by Brandt Snedeker, who also was eight over for his first tournament back from rib problems. Snedeker just looked rusty. He didn’t make quite as many bogeys as Phil, he just didn’t make enough birdies to continue with weekend play. Snedeker started his Friday play on the back nine, and as soon as he picked up a birdie at 16, he double bogeyed the par three 17th hole. He went even par on the front nine, but finished at 76, and gets a trip home.
It’s looking like putting the Houston Shell Open on his schedule to further scrape the rust off, from five weeks of inactivity was a good decision. At the time Brandt Snedeker won the ATT National Pro Am at Pebble Beach, he was without a doubt, the best player in golf. The time off has taken it’s toll, and he is going to need some more time before the Masters gets underway, if he plans to be competitive.
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