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PGA Tour Saturday Morning Report: Closeness at Colonial

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IMay 29, 2010

FT. WORTH, TX - MAY 28:  Bryce Molder hits his approach shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club on May 28, 2010 in Ft. Worth, Texas  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site at the CrownePlaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

With the legend of Ben Hogan always present, the Colonial Country Club is a cool place.

 

Though not this week in May with temperatures soaring into the mid 90s with little or no wind the last two days.

 

This is Andy Reistetter reporting to you from the signature hole at Colonial—the 190-yard, par-three 13th hole.

 

Players compete here, but so do their caddies.

 

With the closeness and completeness of the bleachers and hospitality suites surrounding the 13th green, the caddies are egged on by the crowd to race to be the first one to step on the green.

 

All in good fun of course, with nominal wagers, Texas style.

 

A few years back during my amateur spectator days, I remember winning a relatively big pot which included a couple of corporate hospitality tickets for the 18th green.

 

Air conditioning, live action on the 18th viewed from above, television commentary, replays, and cool margaritas made for a memorable time.

 

Yesterday, Josh Teater's caddie Charles Gibson raced Martin Flores's caddie Dan Gadberry in a full sprint for the final 50 yards down this slope before stopping abruptly at the green.

 

Like horses that unexpectedly come upon the edge of the Grand Canyon in a full gallop the caddies lowered their heads as they stayed off the green much to the amusement and groaning of the spectators in the grandstands.

 

Then after a brief rest period, their outstretched feet touched the green at the same time.

 

How do you handicap that one?

 

Same thing with the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitation at Colonial.

 

It is a horse race with many horses in contention and too close to call on the backstretch at the midpoint of the competition.

 

All we know for sure is 76 players made the cut at two-under par and 45 players are going home with expenses but no winnings as is the custom on the PGA TOUR.

 

With perfect scoring conditions, this is the lowest cut in the tournament's 63-year history.

 

The cumulative average scoring average of all competitors is 68.6

 

Two-time Colonial champion, most recently in 2008, Phil Mickelson was at the bottom of that list and is headed home to San Diego for the weekend.

 

Timing is critical as Mickelson, along with world No. 1 Tiger Woods, will play at the Memorial Tournament next week and then again in two weeks at the second major of the year—the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

 

Though he and wife Amy will be absent from Colonial for today's PINK OUT II, Phil will be wearing pink on the West Coast in support of the cause to fight breast cancer for women.

 

After 36 holes the leader at Colonial is Bryce Molder who is competing here for his very first time.

 

At 13-under par after firing 65-62 with 14 birdies and one bogey, the 31-year-old Georgia Tech man is searching for his first PGA TOUR victory in 96 starts.

 

One stroke back is Jason Bohn who won a few weeks ago in New Orleans.

 

Two strokes back are Brian Davis and Kris Blanks.

 

Davis is the guy who called the penalty on himself in his playoff loss to Jim Furyk at the Heritage.

 

Blanks, who is yet to make a bogey this week, came up through the Nationwide Tour.

 

After his rookie season on the big tour last year he needed to get through Q-School last fall to come back out here again this year.

 

Both Davis and Blanks are looking for their first PGA Tour victory.

 

Jeff Overton who shot 63 on Thursday and Boo Weekley who shot 63 on Friday are the last two in double digit red numbers at 10-under par and three strokes back.  

 

Overton celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday.

 

Corey Pavin, the United States Ryder Cup Captain leads a group of four golfers at nine-under par, four strokes back of Bryce Molder.

 

This is his 27th consecutive competition here at Colonial.

 

Pavin gave up an entry in the Senior PGA Championship this week, a major on the Champions Tour in order to compete at his beloved Colonial Country Club right here in the midst of the spirit and mystique of Ben Hogan.

 

Hogan use to come out and practice not too far from this spot on the side of the 14th fairway.

 

The Hawk liked his privacy to practice the secrets of the game of golf.

 

Too many would watch him at the practice facility on the other side of the golf course within the famed Horseshoe of Holes Nos. 3, 4, and 5.

 

All-in-all there are 14 players within five strokes of the lead.

 

John Daly followed his Thursday 66 with a Friday 69 making the cut.

 

Defending champion Steve Stricker is tied with Daly and eight strokes back of Molder.

 

Y'all, we have one heckuva shootout coming up over the Memorial Day weekend here in the heat of Texas!

 

Thanks to those in memory who gave their life, the ultimate sacrifice for this great country of ours.

 

Good golfing and good living, my friends.

 

 

Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.

 

He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to AndyReistetter@gmail.com

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