McQuillan Stumbles At Bob Hope Classic

On the opening day of the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic Kingston’s Matt McQuillan took a piece out of the Palmer Private Course with a round of 65, 7 under par.  On day two, the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West fought back in defense of its sibling facility as McQuillan struggled to a second round of 76, 4 over par.

The good news is that even at 3 under par total and a share of 80th place, the rookie pro still has two rounds to right the ship before the 72-hole cut is made.

The 29 year-old started his day ominously with a double bogey and never really recovered.  He turned the front nine in 38 strokes and did the same on the back nine, finishing the day with one last bogey.

Despite improving the number of fairways hit over his previous five PGA Tour rounds and having a driving average of over 310 yards McQuillan struggled to hit greens on Thursday and even when he did he struggled to knock down the putts.

Friday he will try to change all that for the better when he tees off at 11:57 a.m. Eastern on the 10th tee of the SilverRock Resort Course.  It is the newest and longest course of the four layouts each pro must play before the cut on Saturday night.

Last year the cut came at nine under par.

Matt’s fellow rookie, Jhonattan Vegas, currently co-holds the lead of the tournament.  He and two-time tour winner Boo Weekley finished play Thursday at thirteen under par.

Canadian Stephen Ames is the best of the Canadians in the field.  He is tied for 30th place at seven under par.  Chris Baryla is at five under par (t62), while Mike Weir is languishing in a tie for 121st spot at three over par.  It is Weir’s first PGA Tour start in almost six months after injuring his elbow last summer.

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