Late on Friday, it was clear that none of the swedes are allowed to play on Saturday-Sunday. It didn't help that Henrik Stenson – who won this competition in 2009 – was snatched up with 70 strokes, two under par. Thursday's 75-round meant that he finished one over par, on the wrong side of the kvalgränsen.
" I didn't like it on the greens here. The ball was not good and the speed and the hardness varied, said Stenson to C More.
Alex Norén started off well on Thursday with a 70-rond, but Friday was not fun for the stockholmian. 76 heavy blows meant a two over par total. Three bogeys and a trippelbogey on hole 14 was dire.
on the dreaded path to the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, has one of the strongest line-up and is usually referred to as ”the fifth majorn”.
the Winner on Sunday can sign for 2.25 million dollars, 21 million, which is proffsgolfens the highest cash prize this year.
the Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and nordirländaren Rory McIlroy share the lead at twelve under par, the closest, followed by four players at -9. Fleetwood was a long time in the sole direction, before McIlroy ended brilliantly with an eagle at the 16th and a birdie on the 17th hole.
players in the 141-mannafältet have had major problems on the often difficult path. Stars such as Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Paul Casey and Rafa Cabrera Bello managed all worse than Stenson and Norén.
They may take hold of the US Masters, the year's first major on the men's side, which is determined at Augusta National in Georgia on april 11 to 14.Alex Norén on the 14th hole, a par 4, where he was forced to note a trippelbogey, seven strokes. Photo: Gregory Shamus//AFP