Today Jeff Wilson from Northern California held on with a 74 at Chambers Bay ending his 36 holes with a very solid -7 score to secure the top spot by one shot over Patrick Cantlay (70-67) and my playing partner over the past two days, Patrick Rodgers who is the only player in the field that shot two rounds in the 60’s with a 69 at Chambers Bay and a fine 68 today at The Home Course.
Patrick Rodgers will be entering his senior yr in high school back in Avon, Indiana and then head west where he has already been accepted to Stanford. I commend Stanford for recognizing an immense talent in this fine young man that I believe you will be hearing a lot more about in the coming years. I’ll give you a quick review of his game- He drives it dead straight and long, his iron game is precise and impressive, and he putts and chips as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. Over 36 holes on these two tough courses he made a total of 3 bogeys….which kept him one shot shy of Mr. Wilson.
It’s gotten to the point where I am no longer amazed at the talent level and poise these young players posses and Patrick is perhaps the best I’ve seen in a very long time. Match play will provide a different level of pressure and it will be interesting to see how he plays under the steady and immense pressure of match play.
Tomorrow I will be covering the match of my housemate and California State team partner Harry Rudolph as he plays the very talented and long hitting Hudson Swafford. I’ll be blogging live from Chambers Bay starting at high noon. There are some great match up between some of the best amateurs in the world. This is going to be VERY entertaining to follow on the Golf Channel and of course this Blog.
Oh obviously I haven’t mentioned anything about my round today at The Home Course, and obviously if I’m blogging live tomorrow I am not playing a match myself. I am very disappointed at how poorly I played, and especially how poor I putted during both rounds. This game is tough and you can’t always expect to play well, but the level I played at was well below anything I’ve experienced for a while which made the 77-80 = 157 very very disappointing. I leave it at that, and look for some more action from Chambers Bay tomorrow.