McIlroy on the charge as Tiger scrambles to make cut at Genesis Open

By Sports Desk February 16, 2019

Rory McIlroy surged up the Genesis Open leaderboard by completing a sublime second-round 63 on Saturday, while Tiger Woods looked to have done just enough to make the cut.

Inclement weather earlier in the week at Riviera Country Club has wreaked havoc with the schedule, pushing the completion of the second round back into day three.

McIlroy, one over after his opening 18 holes, made up for lost time with a bogey-free eight-under round.

The Northern Irishman was tied fourth, four back of co-leaders Justin Thomas and Adam Scott, who were among those to have already completed round two. Thomas and Scott both followed up scores of 66 with 65s to share first place. J.B. Holmes was nine under for the tournament having played 14 holes, while a number of players were still in the early stages of their second rounds.

Woods – who along with McIlroy and Thomas was halted after 12 holes on Friday –  scrambled for a level-par 71, leaving him one under for the tournament and one stroke above the projected cut line.

The 14-time major winner made a priceless birdie at the ninth hole - his 18th - and he was confident that would keep him around for the remainder of the weekend.

"I know one under is getting in," said Woods.

Related items

  • A look back at Evan Harmeling's BMW Jamaica Classic win A look back at Evan Harmeling's BMW Jamaica Classic win

    About eight hours after Evan Harmeling made a disappointing par on the 18th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club to finish his suspended third round, he redeemed himself on that same hole, rolling in a testing, four-foot birdie putt to break the tie he was in with Augusto Núñez and win the 2019 BMW Jamaica Classic by a stroke.

  • Harmeling claims maiden BMW Jamaica Classic with final hole birdie Harmeling claims maiden BMW Jamaica Classic with final hole birdie

    About eight hours after Evan Harmeling made a disappointing par on the 18th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club to finish his suspended third round, he redeemed himself on that same hole, rolling in a testing, four-foot birdie putt to break the tie he was in with Augusto Núñez and win the 2019 BMW Jamaica Classic by a stroke.

    It was Harmeling’s first career PGA TOUR Latinoamérica win and prevented Núñez from finally breaking through after the Argentine has been the most consistent player through the Tour’s first six events. This was Nunez’s fourth top-10 of the year and his best finish.  A hard-charging Leandro Marelli shot a final-round 65 to move from ninth to third, two shots shy of Harmeling.

    The day, however, belonged to the 30-year-old New Englander. Despite shooting his worst score of the week, a 1-under 71, it was enough for Harmeling to eke out the win. He played the final two holes of his third round early Sunday morning, making back-to-back pars on the 17th and 18th. He returned to the course for his final round and was 2-under through seven holes and holding onto a three-shot lead.

    At No. 8, he watched his streak of 48 consecutive bogey-free holes ended with a bogey-5. He continued to cruise along, maintaining his three-stroke cushion as Nunez double-bogeyed the 13th hole. Harmeling “gave it right back” after five consecutive pars when he dropped two shots with a double bogey of his own on the par-4 14th. Núñez’s two late birdies, on Nos. 16 and 17, pulled him even with Harmeling, when Harmeling could only par the 17th, setting up the late-tournament heroics on the 18th hole.

    On the final hole, Harmeling was on the par-5 green in two. “I hit just a perfect shot coming in there, doing exactly what I wanted to do. I was expecting more adrenalin to get me maybe an extra three or four yards, which didn’t really happen,” Harmeling said.

    Needing only a birdie to win, he rolled his 31-foot eagle putt four feet past the hole, making for some tense moments for his final stroke of the tournament.
    “I had no touch control on that first putt. I blasted it four feet by,” he said. “I was just thankful I’ve been putting in the work and feel confident with my putting stroke. I felt good about that last putt.”

     With the win, Harmeling moves from 72nd on the Order of Merit to No. 8.
  • Spieth: I'm almost back at my best Spieth: I'm almost back at my best

    Jordan Spieth believes he is close to recapturing his best form after finishing tied for third at the US PGA Championship.

    The three-time major champion posted his first top-10 finish since last year's Open Championship, ending up six shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.

    Spieth has fallen to 30th in the world rankings after a tough run, but feels he is nearing the form that saw him win three majors from 2015 to 2017.

    "It says that I have full belief in our team. I have full belief in my process, my mentality, my selfishness and my work ethic," he said.

    "I put in more hours over the last five months than I've ever put in my game in a five-month stretch, just trying to get to where I can be out here on a major championship Sunday making par saves, making birdie putts, and contending even without having my best stuff.

    "That's like 2015, 2016, 2017, that's how I felt then."

    Spieth fired a one-over 71 in the final round at a tough Bethpage Black, where he felt it was always going to be difficult.

    The 25-year-old said: "I knew coming into the week that it was unlikely on this golf course that I was going to have a chance to win.

    "That's a humbling feeling for me, but I knew that if I played the course the right way, had the right mentality, kept putting the way I've been putting, that I would be in it; that I would be, you know, in and having a chance to make some noise."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.