While Scottie Scheffler was shooting 59 on Friday, Zac Blair was struggling his way through the round at the Northern Trust at TPC Boston.
Zac Blair had one of those days on Friday at the Northern Trust. And it wasn’t one of those good days, either.
Blair, who needed a very high finish to advance to the BMW Championship, the next event in the FedEx Cup playoffs, instead went in the other direction. And he went way, way, way in the other direction.
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After shooting a 3-under par 68 on Thursday, Blair had positioned himself to make the cut in Boston this week. However, his second round started badly and just went downhill from there.
Blair opened with a bogey on the first hole after pulling his drive to the left and failing to recover. He then had a disappointing par on the easy par-5 second hole. He followed that with another bogey, this one on the par-3 third hole, after he was unable to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker.
But Blair did not give up on his round. He parred the fourth hole, then recorded a birdie, his only one of the day, on the par-4 fifth hole.
However, Blair gained absolutely no momentum from the birdie. In fact, it was much the opposite.
On the sixth hole, he again pulled his drive left, into a native area. His second shot advanced about 20 yards. His third shot found another native area, this one near the green. Blair’s fourth shot got him on the green and two putts earned him a double bogey. Unfortunately for Blair, it would not be his last double of the day.
After pars on the seventh and eighth holes, Blair found a unique way to double bogey the ninth hole. His drive landed in the fairway, just 150 yards from the hole. His second shot found the putting surface, leaving Blair about 40 feet for birdie. But instead of a birdie, Blair recorded a four-putt and another double bogey. He finished the front nine with a 6-over par 41.
Blair started the back nine with a par on the 10th hole before a bogey on the par-3 11th hole. Then, he was at it again on the 12th hole.
After his drive on the 12th found the fairway, his second shot found the left intermediate rough. His third shot got him on the green, but he three-putted for his third double bogey of the round.
Blair would bogey the 13th and 14th holes to slip to 10-over par on his round. To his credit, he did birdie the 17th hole on his way in, turning his round from a potential 81 into an 80.
On a day when Scottie Scheffler shot a 59, Blair finished a whopping 21 shots off the pace. It’s a day Scheffler, and Blair, will never forget. Just for different reasons.