Hyundai Tournament of Champions 2013: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis and More

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIJanuary 7, 2013

KAPALUA, HI - JANUARY 07:  Rickie Fowler hits a tee shot on the 10th hole during the replay of the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course on January 7, 2013 in Kapalua, Hawaii.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Nature might be trying to tell us something: 2013 will be a unique year for golf. The year's opening tournament, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, has already been postponed three times due to wind. The world's best golfers were finally able to play, though, and some big names got the year started with a bang.

Because of the unique circumstances, they played two rounds today. Here's where they stand after the second:

1Dustin Johnson-11
2Steve Stricker-8
3Bubba Watson-7
T4Keegan Bradley-6
T4Brandt Snedeker-6
6Tommy Gainey-5
T7Carl Pettersson-4
T7Nick Watney-4
9Scott Piercy-3

Let's take a look at how some individual performances from the biggest names:

Rickie Fowler (-2)

The young 24-year-old Rickie Fowler started out strong, despite an up-and-down performance. With five birdies and two bogeys, Fowler had flashes of brilliance along with some inconsistencies. Fowler is capable of getting hot very quickly, as he had three birdies over five holes. With another run like that, Fowler could gain the lead very quickly.

His second round, though, was forgettable. Fowler shot a one-over 74 in his second round, with a double-bogey on the third hole. Fowley never made up for those strokes.

Bubba Watson (-7)

The 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson is right there in contention with a three-under 70 in the opening round. With three birdies and no bogeys, Watson has to be pleased with his steady performance. His big drives were key today, with three par fours over 500 yards. Watson has the skill set to excel at this course.

And excel he did. Watson did even better in the second round, shooting a four-under 69. Watson had a whopping six birdies in his second round, and he is still within striking distance from the leader.

Mark Wilson (-1)

Mark Wilson surprisingly played a near flawless round of golf, with no bogeys and four birdies. The highlight for Wilson was an impressive 30-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole, which was Wilson's first of the day. The only concern is that Wilson was even-par on the par fives, which most golfers excel on.ย 

Wilson did not improve on those par fives, and he in fact regressed badly in the second round with a three-over 76. Wilson did not have a single birdie and had three bogeys in a forgettable round.

Dustin Johnson (-11)

The leader after the second round is Dustin Johnson, who shot a brilliant seven-under 66 in the second round. Johnson had an incredible stretch between the 12th and 18th holes, where he had four birdies and an eagle in that span.ย 

Johnson has been playing some incredible golf, so keep an eye out for him as the match continues. He has a good chance to extend his lead.


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