Sung Kang had quite a day at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday. Kang is apparently not a fan of the wind and it showed on Saturday.
Riviera is a tough course anyway, but on Saturday, winds up to 40 miles per hour gave PGA Tour players the fits all day long. But none had the problems that Kang did.
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Kang actually started his day very well. On the par-5 first hole, he recorded a birdie to get into red figures on his round and to get to 4-under for the tournament.
However, it was all downhill from there. Kang bogeyed the second hole. After a par on the third, he then bogeyed the fourth hole. Then the fifth. Kang had gone from 1-under to 2-over on his round in a matter of four holes.
Kang would settle in a bit after that. He recorded pars on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes to stay at 2-over on his round.
But the ninth hole started a stretch that Kang would probably rather forget. On the par four, Kang drove it way right and ended up on the cart path. However, he hit a nice second shot, getting himself near the green in two. His third shot got him within 10 feet. But he left his par putt short, then blew his bogey putt past the hole. It was a double bogey for Kang.
On the very next hole, Kang was at it again. On the short par-4 10th hole, Kang drove it in the bunker just short of the green. His second shot flew the green and landed in a greenside bunker. His third left him in the bunker. His fourth got him on the green about five feet from the hole. But he missed the putt and recorded a second straight double bogey.
Kang would par the 11th hole but he was up to his old tricks on the 12th. On the par four, he drove his ball into the fairway. However, his second shot left him in yet another bunker. His third shot got him on the green, but he was 40 feet from the hole. His lag putt came up about six feet short and he missed his putt for bogey. It was another double bogey, his third in four holes.
But Kang wasn’t done with the double-bogey train.
He had one more double in his arsenal. On the par-4 15th hole, Kang hit his drive in a fairway bunker. His second shot went just six feet, as Kang had trouble negotiating the trap. His third shot got him into the rough about 160 yards from the green. His fourth got him on the green, but he was 40 feet from the cup. He would two putt for another double bogey.
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For Kang, it was a day of doubles and one that he would rather just forget. He shot an 83 and is currently in last place among those who made the cut.