Somewhat removed for several months, Bubba Watson, Masters 2012 in his pocket, and YE Yang, winner of the 2009 USPGA, stand at the head of the most popular tournament of the season on the PGA Tour. 88,113 persons have attended the first round on Thursday. A record that is breathtaking!
Well, they’re back! There was indeed a long time since Bubba Watson and YE Yang were not making news on the PGA Tour.
The first winner of the playoff Masters in April 2012, has struggled to digest its success despite a recent 8th place at WGC-HSBC Champions November 3, 2013. The second time in the race for victory at the 2011 U.S. Open Rory McIlroy face (he finished in 3rd place), no longer openly shone from his incredible return on Tiger Woods in the final round at the USPGA 2009, becoming that day the first Asian to win a Major tournament title.
One Tactic Attack
As if on cue, the two men reappeared on the front of the stage on Thursday in Arizona at the legendary TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly Phoenix Open), stormed by 88,113 spectators, a record for first round. They share the lead of the race with a strong same card 64 (-7) eight birdies to one bogey.
“On this course, if your involved is good, you’re very likely to achieve a good score, warning the truculent left, author in the first round pretty statistics like these greens hit in regulation 17 but the last four birdies between holes 13 and 17. I did not commit a lot of mistakes, I was almost all the time on the fairways. No, my game was very solid. “
“Here, I think we should adopt a more aggressive game analysis on his side of South Korea, 42, who has not completed a Top 10 on the U.S. circuit since August 28, 2011 at Barclays but owner in the first round of six birdies slammed between holes 10 and 18. At the same time, we must know temper his game, knowing how to find the right balance. But in general, we can afford more offensive inclinations here than in other tournaments … ”
Lefty’s Back Is Better
Seven men after a length behind. Among them, the Americans Chris Kirk and Harris English, currently second and third in the FedEx Cup. These two will be difficult to dislodge. Eight other golfers appear to -5 under par as Hunter Mahan, who won here in 2010, but Keegan Bradley still has not finished beyond 20th place since the beginning of the season … in October!
And Phil Mickelson, the defending champion? Plagued by back problems forced him to retire at the end of the second round at the Farmers Insurance last week, he just currently a 71 (Par) and a 65th spot.
“It can go loose not really worried about the man who had achieved an incredible 60 (-11) there is a year at the same stage of the competition. I have to watch for one to two weeks, but this is not the big tile as might have been feared for a moment. I regained normal mobility. This happens to me sometimes. The last time it was there four years! ”
Standings after Round One (Par 71):
1. YE Yang (CdS) 64 (-7)
-. Bubba Watson (USA) 64 (-7)
3. Pat Perez (USA) 65 (-6)
-. Kevin Stadler (USA) 65 (-6)
-. William McGirt (USA) 65 (-6)
-. Greg Chalmers (Aus) 65 (-6)
-. Matt Jones (Aus) 65 (-6)
-. Harris English (USA) 65 (-6)
-. Chris Kirk (USA) 65 (-6)
To Follow The Waste Management Phoenix Open (PGA Tour) TV:
Friday, 31 January: 2nd round 21:00 (Golf +) A 11:30 p.m. (Sport +)
Saturday 1st February: 3rd round 21:00 (Golf +) A 0:10 (Sport +)
Sunday, February 2: 21:00 4th Round (Golf +) A 11:55 p.m. (Sport +)