While one Aussie is in contention to win The Players Championship, another has finished plum last.
After carding a 10-over 82 in round one, Lucas Herbert came back on Friday and fired a disastrous 13-over 85 in round two.
Starting on the 10th, Herbert arrived at the famous Island Green par-3 17th – his 8th hole of the day – just one-over for the day, but proceeded to put two balls into the water, and his third from the tee was lucky to hold the very edge of the island.
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He chipped on and two-putted for eight.
Then on the par-four 4th – his 13th hole for the day – he hit a drive into the left rough, and then proceeded to hit three balls into the creek short of the green.
He eventually managed to hold the green and walked off with a nine.
He finished at 23-over in 143rd, nine shots behind Max McGreevy and Nick Watney in a tie for 141st at 14-over.
For 36 holes, his card contained scores of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Jason Day, who has quietly worked his way back into the top 50 in the world, played alongside Herbert. The other member of the group was Aaron Wise, who in the first round made a 10 on the 18th hole by hitting three tee shots into the water.
Day felt badly for both of them, but tried to keep his focus. For the most part it worked. And then there was the seventh, where he was in the middle of the fairway and made one bad swing.
“Stupid enough, I was walking up seven and I was talking to Luke, my caddie. I said, ‘It’s really easy to make a quick double here.’ And I ended up doubling the hole. But that’s my point. It doesn’t take much to get yourself out of position. And when you’re out of position, then it’s not like an easy bogey. Most of the time, you’re staring at a double.”
Meanwhile, Min Woo Lee’s strong debut showing continues. He will finish his second round on the par-4 seventh – his 16th hole – and is just two shots back from leader Christiaan Bezuidenhout .
On a day of carnage at TPC Sawgrass, Jordan Spieth looked certain to miss the cut but got a break he never imagined.
Spieth needed to birdie his last hole at the par-5 ninth, but his tee shot was slicing so far to right it was headed for the cart path, and then water that shouldn’t even be in play.
And then it was in the fairway. That ball bounced off the leg of a fan and went away from the water and to short grass.
“Needing to probably birdie to make the cut, I can’t really birdie having to drop it over in the right rough over there and hitting my third,” Spieth said. “It would have been a one-in-a-million make. Instead, I ended up making a 3.”
He ripped a 3-wood from 254m to the right collar of the green, and then chipped in for an eagle to limit the damage to a 75 and assure a spot in the middle of the pack going into the weekend.
“I got an extremely lucky break on nine or I wouldn’t be playing the weekend,” Spieth said.
“Trying to get that guy’s information and see literally whatever he wants this weekend. Because everything from here on out is because it hit him.”
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