Cameron Smith – just two from the lead – file photo IGF
Cameron Smith has played only one hole in round two of the Players Championship but a birdie from 25 feet at that hole has seen the Queenslander leap nine positions in the horrific conditions that prevailed on day three to a share of 6th in the US$20 million event.
Smith is now just two shots from the lead held currently by Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Berge (the latter of whom has yet to even commence his second round) after his opening round of 69 was just his second round in the 60’s in 13 attempts in an event which is played essentially in his backyard.
There are still several players to even begin their second round as a result of the weather enforced disruption to the event. Players will be required to return early on Sunday morning in what are forecast to be very cold and windy conditions to complete round two and hopefully most of round three before the tournament is completed on Monday US time.
Lucas Herbert was able to complete his second round in 74 but it would be a triple bogey 8 at the 9th hole that spoiled what has otherwise been an impressive debut in the event.
Herbert was required to finish off his opening round early on Saturday morning, a bogey at the final of the three holes he was required to complete saw him finish with a solid start of 2 under 70.
Herbert currently shares 55th place at even par but having completed round two, and with a majority of the field yet to do so, the demanding conditions are expected to take their toll and he will improve his standing significantly as he awaits the field to complete 36 holes.
Jason Day opened with a round of 69 yesterday which after the sadness of losing his mother last week was an impressive start but his round of 78 today included three double bogeys and an outward nine of 41.
Day is currently in 93rd place but there is a lot to play out in this event and it might be that making the cut is not yet out of the question given the conditions expected tomorrow and that more than fifty players will have to face those conditions as they complete round two.
Cameron Davis (76) and Marc Leishman (78) are also tied for 93rd with both having also completed 36 holes, New Zealand’s Danny Lee is 114th, while Matt Jones and Adam Scott have only just started their second rounds and are tied for 119th.