Saturday, August 17, 2019

BMW Championship -- Round Three

The big story from Chicago yesterday was Hideki Matsuyama setting the course record at Medinah with a stunning 9-under par 63.  That puts him at 12-under par for the tournament, and left him all alone in first place after two rounds.

The big story so far today is that Tiger Woods is 5-under for the day through 17 holes.  That brings him to 7-under for the tournament and puts him in a tie for 25th.  As of now, he is projected to finish 39th in the FedEx Cup standings, which will keep him out of the Tour Championship next week -- since you have to be one of the top 30.  There will be a bunch of disappointed folk in Atlanta, but silly rules lead to silly results.

We haven't heard much from Gary Woodland since he won the U.S. Open in June.  But today he posted a 64 that moves him to 9-under par, just three shots off the lead.  However, my guess is that Matusyama and company will shoot low scores of their own before the day is over.

Matsuyama is about 20 minutes from teeing off.  Here is your current top 10:

1.  H. Matsuyama: (JPN):  -12 (36 holes)

T2.  P. Cantlay-11 (36)
T2.  T. Finau-11 (36)

T4.  J. Rahm (ESP):  -10 (40)
T4.  X. Schauffele-10 (38)
T4.  J. Thomas-10 (36)

T7.  G. Woodland-9 (54)
T7.  W. Clark-9 (54)
T7.  J. Dahmen-9 (41)
T7.  S.W. Kim (KOR):  -9 (41)
T7.  R. Fowler-9 (40)
T7.  K. Kisner-9 (39)
T7.  C. Conners (CAN):  -9 (38)
T7.  R. Sabbatini (RSA):  -9 (37)
T7.  A. Hadwin (CAN):  -9 (36)
T7.  L. Glover-9 (36)


  1. Rahm birdies the 5th to move to 11-under. Fowler eagles the 5th, and now he is at 11-under.

  2. Meanwhile, in the Bronx, the Yankees lead Cleveland 5-4 in the bottom of the 6th.

  3. Glayber Torres whacks a long home run to left, and the Yanks now lead 6-4 in the bottom of the 6th.

  4. Tiger finishes with a 67 and he is 7-under and in a tie for 26th. The folks at NBC figure Tiger has to finish in the top 12 to secure an invitation to Atlanta.

  5. Justin Thomas birdies the first hole and joins the crowd at 11-under.

  6. Thomas is on fire! He is 4-under for the first four holes of his round. Here are the current standings:

    1. J. Thomas: -14 (40 holes)

    T2. T. Finau: -13 (40)
    T2. P. Cantlay: -13 (39)

    T4. J. Dahmen: -12 (46)
    T4. J. Rahm (ESP): -12 (45)
    T4. R. Fowler: -12 (45)

  7. Thomas has now birdied the first five holes of his round. He moves to 15-under par, and now leads by two.

  8. In the Bronx, the Yankees have brought in closer Aroldis Chapman to defend a 6-5 lead in the 9th.

  9. Chapman needs only 10 pitches to close out the Tribe and the Yanks win 6-5.

    Now I'm going to change my viewing pattern. I'm moving the golf down to the smaller standard definition TV, and I'm going with the A's and Astros on the big screen. The A's beat Houston 3-2 in 13 innings last night to move within 7 1/2 games of first in the West and within a 1/2 game of the second wild card spot.

  10. A's are the home team on a beautiful, sun-splashed day in Oakland. They are wearing kelly green hats and shirts, and white pants. The shirts say "OAKLAND" in the traditional script. The Stros are wearing their usual road grays.

  11. Tony Finau birdies the 5th hole and he moves to 14-under, one shot behind Thomas.

  12. Thomas bogeys the 6th and falls into a three-way tie for the lead with Finau and Patrick Cantlay at 14-under par.

  13. The Astros load the bases in the bottom of the 1st with only one out, but are unable to score.

    And that's all for me for awhile. I need a break.