After shooting a course record 61, Harrington looked like the player who hasn't won anything substantive over the past few years with a poor putting and driving performance on Friday. Padraig shot a second round 73, which included three bogeys and one birdie on the scorecard. This is obviously in stark contrast to his ten birdies and no bogeys on day one, and I thought he would take a step back on day two. No matter who it is, any golfer who shoots one the best rounds of their career one day is likely to come back down to earth the next day; that is just how it goes with the game of golf.
Dufner on the other hand showed that his performance at the PGA Championship the previous year was no fluke (lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley) with two solid rounds at the Transitions Championship going into Saturday. Jason has no bogeys on his scorecard to this point, and the more amazing statistic to note is that he has over a 92% driving accuracy thus far.
The guy just cannot miss a fairway at this event, and that plays a big role in his performance. The rough at this event is certainly not the thickest the players will face this year on the PGA Tour, but anytime a golfer misses a fairway it gets much more difficult to hit the green or put any spin on the ball. By hitting so many fairways all Dufner has to do is hit consistent iron shots and make a few putts, and that is exactly what he is doing right now.
One player to watch out for heading into the weekend is Luke Donald, who shot a 68 on Friday to back up a first round of 67; he is currently three shots out of the lead at -7 overall. The key for Luke to this point has been his short game, as he has made some terrific putts throughout both of his rounds played. His driver and iron play may not be the best in the field to this point, but if he is making a lot of putts it really doesn't matter all that much.
Among the other notables are Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk at -6 overall, Ernie Els, Justin Rose, and Webb Simpson at -5, and John Daly at -1.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for over a decade and currently runs The Yips Blog, a blog dedicated solely to the game of golf. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
- Padraig Harrington
- Jason Dufner