Richy Werenski had a very realistic shot at shooting the magical 59 at the Zozo Championship on Friday at Sherwood Country Club.
Richy Werenski did not get off to a great start at the Zozo Championship on Thursday. But he more than made up for that with a huge round at Sherwood Country Club on Friday.
Werenski was even par for his round on Thursday. And while that was not a bad score, he found himself eight shots behind first round leader Sebastian Munoz. Werenski was in a tie for 57th place out of the 77 golfers who started the event.
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In that situation, and with no cut in this exclusive event, a player can go for broke, with nothing really to lose. That was Werenski’s thinking on Friday, and it completely worked out for him.
Playing the back nine first, Werenski got off to a fast start. On the par-4 10th hole, Werenski drove it in the fairway and stuck his approach about seven feet from the hole. He made the putt and was quickly 1-under par.
On the 11th hole, a par five and the easiest hole on the course, Werenski hit his second shot into the rough. He chipped onto the green and had 10 feet for birdie, but he missed, settling for par.
From there, Werenski got really hot. He birdied the par-3 12th hole, then the par-5 13th and the par-4 14th. After three straight birdies, he was 4-under par.
Werenski would par the par-3 15th before closing his first nine by going birdie-par-birdie. That left him with a 6-under par 30.
As he made the turn, thoughts of 59 were entering the minds of many.
Those thoughts gained momentum when Werenski birdied the first hole to move to 7-under. Then he birdied the second hole and then the third to find himself at 9-under par with six holes to play.
After a par on the fourth hole, Werenski birdied the par-5 fifth hole and he was 10-under with four holes to play. However, his momentum slowed with a bogey on the sixth hole, dropping him back to 9-under on his round.
Werenski got that shot back on the next hole with a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole, getting back to 10-under. He would par the eighth hole, then would close with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole.
Altogether, Werenski had the round of the day on Friday with an 11-under par 61 to jump 51 spots in the tournament standings in one day. He now finds himself in a tie for sixth place, just three shots behind leader Justin Thomas with 36 holes to play.
It wasn’t a 59, but it was more than enough to get Werenski within shouting distance of the lead with two days of play remaining.