11:15: Dustin Johnson just tied Tiger Woods for the low round of the day. Five shots is going to be a lot to make up even with Tiger’s more proven pedigree.
10:30: Because of what Tiger did and the guys that have fallen apart have disappeared from tv, the rounds by G-Mac and Dustin Johnson don’t seem that good. However, they are great rounds. If they can par in, they have the second and third best rounds of the day, respectively. That’s pretty good in the final pairing of a major.
9:30: That was really a fantastic round by Tiger. I mentioned Phil could get close to the best rounds of the year in my rankings yesterday, Tiger’s round is almost certainly better. My estimate is that it will fall behind McIlroy and Karlsson, but it’s pretty damn impressive.
8:30: Dustin Johnson has been the only leader to take advantage of the easy 1-7 stretch. Expect players to start giving back shots once they get to 8. Playing 8-12 in EVEN par is actually way above average. Tiger has really played a great back nine. I don’t back off anything I’ve said about him. He’s not 100%(see sloppy front nine bogeys), but he definitely has the ability to go low. If he can birdie one of the final two holes and get to even, that will really look good in a few hours.
7:30: Wait, so you mean Phil isn’t God?
Absolutely thrilling start from Mickelson. McDowell, obviously, is the favorite right now, but it’s not huge because while McDowell is a very strong player, he’s not that much better than the average player in this field and guys like Els, Woods, Mickelson(even Dustin Johnson to some extent) are much better and giving a good chase.
6:30: minus-1 thru 7 is not going to cut it for Tiger. With 3 and 4 playing from the red tees, that’s probably above average, but Tiger needs to be a lot better than average at this point. I’m still showing between -1 and EVEN as the winning score, it will be interesting to see what happens to that as more players get out on what looks like an easier course today.
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4:30: Again gut feeling, but this probably gives too big of an advantage to guys on the course because the USGA seems to not believe in setting up the course as hard as possible anymore. If the wind picks up, this is could be a huge advantage for the players that got out on an easier course early.
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