Scottie gets rid of the klutz


The world’s number one golfer, Scottie Scheffler, had one of those days every golfer is familiar with on Friday night at the Memorial Course in Houston, Texas.

Scheffler’s record number of 28 consecutive rounds under par came to an end in the second round of the Houston Open, when he was penalized twice and his iron failed him.

He already conceded a stroke on the first hole which brought an end to 50 consecutive holes where he did not concede a stroke on par.

Scheffler finished with two shots over par on the 18th hole after he putted three times due to a lack of concentration. However, his ball landed only about two meters from the can.

Does this sound familiar?

Scheffler could only shake his head and will surely put aside the disappointment of his round as he is still in the race.

American Tony Finau took the lead after scoring 62 shots. He finished on 131 shots, nine shots under par, and is two shots ahead of Alejandro Tosti of Argentina (133, -7), followed by the Belgian Thomas Detry (134, -6) and then Scheffler and four of his compatriots, namely Taylor Moore, Joe Highsmith, Ashkay Bhatia and Chad Ramey, as well as the German Stephen Jaeger, who all finished on 135 strokes (-5).

South Africa’s Garrick Higgo is also in the race at 138 (-2) and is in 20th position.

If Scheffler wins the tournament, he will become the first player since Dustin Johnson (2017) to win three consecutive tournaments on the US PGA Series.

In New Delhi, India, Keita Nakajima of Japan leads by two shots after the second round of the Indian Open, which is part of the Dubai World Tour (European Series).

The second round was completed early on Saturday morning after the round on Friday was suspended due to thunderstorms.

Nakajima finished on 130 strokes (-14) and is two strokes ahead of Frenchman Romain Langasque (132, -12), followed by Italy’s Matteo Manassero on 133 (-11).

Oliver Bekker fared the best of the South Africans and is on 138 (-6) in the clubhouse, followed by Pieter Moolman and Brandon Stone (both 142, -2) with Daniel van Tonder and Casey Jarvis (both 143, -1 ) close on their heels.

In the American LPGA Series (Women’s) Ford Championship, the Australian Hannah Green advanced in the second round. She is one stroke ahead (130, -14) of Pei-yun Chen (Taiwan) and Sarah Schmelzel (America). The pair both finished on 131 (-13).

New Zealander Lydia Ko is sixth at 133 (-11), with Nelly Korda and Celine Boutier of France together at 134 (-10).

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai shot 70 in the second round to finish on 136 (-8), with Paula Reto tied on 138 (-6).

Source: Gulf Channel