I know this is rivalry weekend for College Football, and we have a full slate of NFL games for Sunday, but yes Virginia, there is golf as well. As most of the American players are taking their breaks from the tour grind, the Sunshine Tour and The Australian PGA Tour are fully underway for the 2014 golf season. The Emirates Australian Open from Sydney, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship from Malelane South Africa are on tap for your Turkey Day weekend.
Adam Scott was unable on Friday to follow his record-setting first round 62 at the Royal Sydney Golf Course, but still has a two-shot lead as we ease into the weekend. The 2013 Masters Champion has had a phenomenal trip home this month with wins at the Australian Masters, Australian PGA, and winning the team play at the World Cup of Golf.
The story on Friday was Rory McIlroy. The former number one player in the world has had a dismal 2013 season but is showing signs of life as we get into the 2014 schedule.
The youngster from Northern Ireland fired his second consecutive 65 on Friday, and is only two shots behind Adam Scott. He will be playing the with Scott on Saturday, and may be playing well enough to ruin his hometown sweep. If he can get the win, it would be his first in 2013.
“I feel like I’m playing well. I’m hitting the ball well off the tee and giving myself plenty of chances. It was good to see a few more putts go in today.
“As I’ve said for the last few weeks, the game is feeling much better and I’m much more comfortable with it.”
There are still players on the course at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at this writing, and Morton Madsen from Denmark holds a slim one-shot lead over Ross Fischer from England, and 2011 Masters Champ, Charl Schwartzel.
Madsen is in the clubhouse at eight under par with Fischer, and Schwartzel is at seven under par and playing the 15th hole. Schwartzel is three under on his day, and Fischer was the big mover of Friday after shooting a seven under par 65.
The Alfred Dunhill Championship is being played at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa.
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