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Round 2, National Club Pro

We start off #10 at the Donald Ross course, and bogey two of the first four holes. After yesterday's 77, we need to come home strong in order to make the cut. There are some 340 players here, and yet the cut is still the top 70 and ties. It may be the toughest cut to make in professional golf. You can miss the cut, for example, and only be four shots or so out of qualifying for the PGA Championship (top 20)!

A birdie on the par-five 15th after a third shot to six feet (above the hole!) helped stem the tide back to +1 for the day until a flared shot well right and into the next hole's fairway bunker led to a bogey at the 17th.

So we came to 1 needing to play mistake-free golf on the way in AND add two birdies to the mix as well. We got the first birdie at the first hole, and striped a six-iron to six feet for birdie at the long par-four fifth hole. We put a hybrid to eight feet on the sixth, chipped a 9I a bit strongly and missed the eight-footer for birdie at the eighth (this is the point at which we finally surpassed the scores of both of our playing partners, neither of which seemed to find the sweet spot in 36 holes), completely whiffed a tee shot at the eighth but hit the fringe with the approach and snuck the par putt in from three feet, and nearly birdied the ninth with a putt from 40 feet.

I thought +5 total was in, but couldn't be too optimistic because you don't want to jinx yourself. I sat in the hotel room watching the coverage on the TV and constantly refreshing my iPhone. Dave began the day at T114 or so and by the end had moved up to T62. When he cracked the top 70 I distinctly remember feeling pretty great. We'd be playing two more days!

Unfortunately, they were at the Dye course. 😉