12:55 pm Update
Rory McIlroy, posted a six-under 66, putting himself into great position heading into the weekend. His round featured a streak of five straight birdies.
Great job by the crew who provided the stream. The announcers were perfect. Lowkey and focused on the action at hand. Just like the Brits do it. It’s going to make watching the Golf Channel and NBC coverage painful.
12:20 pm Update
Rory pars after five straight birdies. No way I was going to post and risk killing the rally. Looking very good right now.
10:20 am Update
What’s the point of the Nike commercial with all the “rich people” in the clubhouse where Tiger Woods walks directly to the practice range? What is the message they are trying to send? What demographic are they trying to influence and in what way?
10:00 am Update
I must point out that I predicted before this event that Rickie, Rory, and Jason would all be top ten after two rounds. They sit now at T-6, T-13, T-6. Of course, the course is playing fairly easy, so some afternoon scores will probably catch and pass them, but, still, they might yet all be top ten come day’s end.
Rory’s playing like crap, for the most part. Day and Fowler going through the round pretty much stress-free.
8:30 am Update: Why Lanny is the Best (a blast from the past)
Three years ago, I wrote about Spieth and Justin Thomas the day they met in the NCAA Championship. What other golf writer did that?
8:25 am Update
The guys on the webstream are doing a great job. Nice video of the climbing sun and the long shadows over the dewy early morning golf course. Good stuff. Day pars. Rory birdies. Rickie birdies. On to hole No. 2 (well, No. 11, actually).
8:00 am Update
The stream is up. Rory, Jason, and Rickie are the featured group. They tee off at 11 minutes after the hour.
Rory McIlroy tees off 1-1/2 hour from now. He struck the ball decently yesterday, but the putts would not fall, and he got a bad break on one hole when his approach shot was blocked from rolling close the hole by another player’s ball. I’d like to see him go low today and put himself in the hunt, even be the front-runner. He could put a good round together today, because the morning groups have the advantage due to, it would appear, the greens getting bumpy in the afternoon.
Justin Thomas posted a -3. Let’s see if he can finally put four good rounds together and contend. Jason Day shot -3; Rickie Fowler shot -1.