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Scheffler takes control at 16th hole; holds on to win 2019 Nationwide Children’s Championship

 

 

Scott Scheffler says when is on the golf course, he knows where he is on the leaderboard and what he has to do to stay there (megasportsnews.com)

 

SCOTT SCHEFFLER MEETS WITH THE MEDIA ON THE 18TH GREEN

65,278 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHC Winner Takes us through his final round. 8 18 2019

65,279 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHC Winner Does he look at the leaderboard while playing 8 18 2019

65,280 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHC Winner How does it feel to be in the #1 spot in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals 8 18 2019

65,283 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHW He took the lead on 16 So were you aware of it 8 18 2019

 

Second Korn Ferry Tour title

 

Final-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Scottie Scheffler 70-68-67-67—272 (-12)
T2 Brendon Todd 72-64-71-67—274 (-10)
T2 Beau Hossler 69-69-68-68—274 (-10)
T2 Ben Taylor 68-69-69-68—274 (-10)
T5 Robert Streb 67-71-71-66—275 (-9)
T5 Brandon Hagy 68-67-69-71—275 (-9)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dallas native Scottie Scheffler won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after posting a final-round 4-under 67 to claim the title at 12-under 272. A trio of players including Brendon Todd, Beau Hossler and Ben Taylor finished two strokes back at 10-under 274. Defending champion Robert Streb and third round co-leader Brandon Hagy finished tied for fifth at 9-under 275.

 

After notching a string of birdies at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, Scheffler dropped his only shot of the day with a bogey at No. 7. Hagy, playing in the final group immediately behind Scheffler, holed out for eagle at No. 7 to jump two shots ahead of Scheffler at the time. A flawless inward nine with birdies at Nos. 12 and 16, combined with Hagy and others failing to mount a challenge, secured the second victory of the season for Scheffler.

 

“This definitely does a lot for my confidence,” Scheffler said. “It’s nice to get another win, it’s a lot of fun. So, I’m looking forward to the next couple weeks and then getting the (PGA TOUR) season started here in about a month.”

 

Scheffler led the Korn Ferry Tour in birdies during a stellar rookie season, earning his first professional victory at the Evans Scholars Invitational in May. He closed the Regular Season at No. 3 in The 25 to earn his PGA TOUR card for 2019-20. During a standout career at the University of Texas, Scheffler qualified for the U.S. Open in 2016 and 2017, earning low-am honors in the latter.

 

“My goal at the beginning of the year was to hopefully get the No. 1 spot and it’s nice to be in position to lock that up,” Scheffler said.

 

Scheffler, now with two victories and a PGA TOUR card secured, was reminded of where he was just nine months ago, grinding it out at the Korn Ferry Qualifying Tournament.

 

“I had to get up and down on my last two holes at Q‑School to just get starts at the beginning of the year,” Scheffler recalled. “Two very tough up‑and‑downs. I was able to do that. And it’s weird looking back how like how small the margins are out here.”

 

One-time PGA TOUR winner Todd hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation for the second day in a row while mixing six birdies with two bogeys for a 4-under 67 and was happy with his share of second to guarantee a return to the TOUR.

 

“Today I felt great,” Todd said. “I felt really in control. I made a couple of errors on the back nine I wish I could have back, but overall, I really flushed it.”

 

Todd had struggled with his game for several years before seeing notable improvement this year, making the cut in seven of 11 PGA TOUR starts. Before those 11 starts in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, the only cut he’d made in his 20 previous starts was a tie for 70th at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson, the tournament he won in 2014 for his lone PGA TOUR title.

 

Hossler, who bogeyed No. 17 to drop out of a share of the lead at the time, is headed back to the PGA TOUR with improved status after posting four sub-70 rounds at the Scarlet Course. This season he made 16 cuts in 27 starts in his sophomore year, finishing No. 145 in the FedExCup. The former University of Texas standout returned to the Korn Ferry Tour for the first time since 2017, where he recorded five top-25s in 14 starts.

 

England’s Ben Taylor wrapped up a PGA TOUR card with his share of a runner-up finish in Columbus. Taylor, a former LSU star who has appeared in just three PGA TOUR events, made the cut in 12 of 19 Korn Ferry Tour events he contested during the Regular Season. The Arsenal football team supporter joined Hossler as the only two players with four rounds in the 60s this week.

With a 5-under 66, defending champion Streb finished tied for fifth with Hagy. Streb was one of just two players (Cameron Percy, 68) to fire a bogey-free final round. Hagy, who closed with an even-par 71, was the only player to finish inside the top-10 without shooting under-par in the final round.

 

Four players who spent the 2018-19 season on the PGA TOUR – each from different countries – finished tied for seventh at 8-under 276; Curtis Luck (Australia), Tom Hoge (United States), Justin Harding (South Africa) and Anirban Lahiri (India).

 

Norway’s Viktor Hovland finished tied for 11th with two other players at 7-under 277.

 

Third-round co-leader José de Jesús Rodríguez stumbled with a 6-over 77 to finish in a tie for 32nd.

 

 

SUNDAY NOTES:

* Sunday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 92. Wind S/SW at 7-14 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion, Scottie Scheffler. He also receives 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour Points.

* With the victory, Scheffler becomes the fourth player to win twice this season joining Robby Shelton (Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation & Knoxville Open), Xinjun Zhang (Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch & Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS) and Kristoffer Ventura (Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank & Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet).

* Scheffler finished the week fourth in putts per green in regulation with 100 putts on 57 greens.

* Brendon Todd (T2/-10), Beau Hossler (T2/-10), Ben Taylor (T2/-10), Robert Streb (T5/-9) and Brandon Hagy (T5/-9) all surpassed the 200-point threshold estimated to secure players a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* José de Jesús Rodríguez, who co-led through three rounds with Hagy, finished the week T32 at 3-under.

* Robert Streb, who won in Columbus last season, had the low round of the day with a 5-under 66 on Sunday.

* Bo Hoag, a standout for the Ohio State Buckeyes before turning professional who won his first Korn Ferry Tour title and PGA TOUR card at last week’s event in Portland, finished T64 at 3-over.

* Kevin Chappell finished the week T62 at even-par. In 2008, Chappell made his professional debut in Columbus, finishing T40 that week. Chappell, who has been recovering from microdiscectomy surgery, last competed at the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

* First round co-leaders Viktor Hovland and Cameron Percy both finished T11 at 7-under.

* Kevin Dougherty, who led after 36 holes, finished the week T62 at 2-over.

* It is estimated that players with 200 or more Korn Ferry Tour Points at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals will secure a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card.

* The par-4 11th hole (473 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Sunday with a scoring average of 4.280.

* The par-5 fourth hole (575 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Sunday. The hole played to an average of 4.507 and yielded four eagles and 39 birdies.

 

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                                        36.232                  35.580                   71.812

R2                                        35.933                  35.642                   71.575                   71.693

R3                                        35.413                  35.173                   70.587                   71.342

R4                                        35.320                  35.467                   70.787                   71.190

2019 NCHC Winner's Trophy (megasportsnews.com)

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY Sean Wildhack; COURTESY PGA TOUR COMMUNICATIONS

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Tee Times for Sunday, August 18, Final Round

 

Ohio State graduate Bo Hoag is the favorite son when he comes back to Columbus. Heading into today, he is tied for 50th and is at par after shooting a 72 on Saturday. (megasportsnews.com)

All tee times are local
OSU GC – Scarlet Course

 

TEE # TIME PLAYER NAMES
1
07:07 AM USASteve Wheatcroft

USAVince Covello

KORWhee Kim

1
07:18 AM USAJimmy Stanger

USAMartin Flores

USAZack Sucher

1
07:29 AM USABen Kohles

ARGJulián Etulain

USAJoey Garber

1
07:40 AM USAKevin Chappell

USAOllie Schniederjans

USABrett Stegmaier

1
07:51 AM USAGrant Hirschman

USATyler Duncan

USADylan Wu

1
08:02 AM USAShawn Stefani

CANMichael Gligic

USATyson Alexander

1
08:13 AM USABo Hoag

NORKristoffer Ventura

USAPeter Uihlein

1
08:24 AM SWEHenrik Norlander

AUSRhein Gibson

MEXRoberto Díaz

1
08:35 AM CHNXinjun Zhang

USAGrayson Murray

COLNicolas Echavarria

1
08:46 AM ARGFabián Gómez

USAMatthew NeSmith

USACody Gribble

1
08:57 AM USAJustin Lower

CANAdam Svensson

USAWade Binfield

1
09:09 AM USAZac Blair

USADominic Bozzelli

USAD.J. Trahan

1
09:21 AM USAMark Hubbard

USASteve LeBrun

USAJoshua Creel

1
09:33 AM USABilly Hurley III

USAHarry Higgs

ARGNelson Ledesma

1
09:45 AM AUSCameron Davis

USAChase Seiffert

USAJoseph Bramlett

1
09:57 AM USAHarris English

USARyan Brehm

CANDavid Hearn

1
10:09 AM USARobert Streb

USABronson Burgoon

USAKramer Hickok

1
10:21 AM USALanto Griffin

AUSCameron Percy

AUSCurtis Luck

1
10:33 AM USADavis Riley

USATom Hoge

USAJohnson Wagner

1
10:45 AM RSAJustin Harding

USADoug Ghim

USAT.J. Vogel

1
10:57 AM USABrendon Todd

USAVincent Whaley

USASeth Reeves

1
11:09 AM NORViktor Hovland

USARichy Werenski

USAKevin Dougherty

1
11:21 AM INDAnirban Lahiri

USABeau Hossler

ENGBen Taylor

1
11:33 AM USAScottie Scheffler

USAScott Harrington

AUSJamie Arnold

1
11:45 AM MEXJosé de Jesús Rodríguez

USABrandon Hagy

USABen Martin

 

(megasportsnews.com)

TEE TIMES COURTESY OF PGA TOUR & NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Hagy, Rodriguez tied for lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after three rounds

 

Brandon Hagy sharing a joke with the media, shot a -2 under 69 to tie for the lead with Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (megasportsnews.com photo)

Rodríguez and Hagy share 54-hole lead

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
T1 José de Jesús Rodríguez 70-69-65—204 (-9)
T1 Brandon Hagy 68-67-69—204 (-9)
T3 Ben Martin 67-70-68—205 (-8)
T3 Scottie Scheffler 70-68-67—205 (-8)
T3 Scott Harrington 70-67-68—205 (-8)


 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – José de Jesús Rodríguez and Brandon Hagy share the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. A trio of players including Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington sit one stroke off the pace at 8-under 205.

 

Hagy began his third round in calming fashion with pars on his first three holes. The 28-year-old tallied his first birdie of the day at the par-5 fourth and added another at the par-4 seventh. He carded his first bogey of the round on the par-3 eighth but quickly rebounded with a birdie at the ninth to make the turn at 9-under for the week.

 

On his back nine, the Santa Monica, California, native recorded seven pars and one birdie against one bogey to finish the third round tied for the lead at 9-under.

 

“I drove the ball well off the tee again, so it gave me a lot of opportunities to have scoring clubs in,” said Hagy, who hit 10 of 14 fairways on Saturday. “I made some good five‑ to 10‑foot putts to kind of keep it going on the front nine and the beginning of the back nine. Overall, I’m happy with it.”

 

In early 2018, Hagy was sidelined by a hairline fracture in his left wrist that forced him to miss five months of golf. During the 2018-2019 PGA TOUR season, he made just one cut in 13 PGA TOUR starts and missed the cut in his only start on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier this year. After a missed cut at the Travelers Championship in June, he decided to shut down his game and regroup before returning to competition.

 

Last week, Hagy returned to his home state to compete in the Long Beach Open. A T41 finish in California was all he needed to get the competitive drive going again heading into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

 

“It was good,” Hagy said of last week’s event. “I hadn’t played in about a month and a half and had several of my friends actually that were playing there. It was a good week to knock the rust off.”

 

Sitting tied atop the leaderboard is José de Jesús Rodríguez who fired a 6-under 65 on Saturday, matching Richy Werenski for the low round of the day. Rodríguez began the third round in a tie for 17th but soared up the leaderboard with birdies on his opening three holes. He carded his lone bogey of the day on the par-3 fifth but rebounded with a birdie on No. 6 to make the turn at 6-under.

 

The 38-year-old continued his strong play into the back nine, carding birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. He added his seventh birdie of the day on his final hole, moving him to 9-under and into a tie for the lead.

 

“Today was a spectacular day,” Rodríguez said. “I was very consistent from start to finish. I hit it good off the tee and had chances on the green. The putts were very good, too.”

 

Rodríguez finished his rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR ranked 177th in the FedExCup standings. The Irapuato, Mexico, native made 10 cuts in 23 starts and recorded three top-25s throughout the season, including a T11 at the Barbasol Championship.

 

Last year, Rodríguez earned his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the United Leasing & Finance Championship. The event was played at Victoria National Golf Club, home of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Rodríguez would go on to finish the Regular Season 12th in The 25, earning him his 2018-2019 PGA TOUR card.

 

Entering Sunday’s final round, Rodríguez knows a return to the PGA TOUR is on the line.

 

“I’m going to go do the same thing, you know,” he said. “Keep hitting it straight. I’m going to enjoy the game (and trust that) the score is good.”

 

Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington trail by one stroke after three rounds at the Scarlet Course. Jamie Arnold, Anirban Lahiri, Beau Hossler, Ben Taylor and Viktor Hovland sit just two shots off the lead in a tie for sixth at 7-under 206.

Viktor Hovland, the opening round leader, got hot in the 3rd round to come in tied for 9th with a 69 (megasportsnews.com photo)

SATURDAY’S NOTES:

  • Saturday’s weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 85. Wind W/SW at 7-14 mph, gusting to 18 mph.
  • Low round of the day: 65, Richy Werenski, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez.
  • Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez ranks No. 1 in putting through 54 holes with 26.3 putts per round.
  • Brandon Hagy leads the driving distance category through 54 holes with an average of 345.8 yards.
  • Ten of 23 third-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season, most recently Kristoffer Ventura at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet.
  • Of the players who earned PGA TOUR cards by finishing in The 25 of the Regular Season, only Scottie Scheffler (No. 3) and Scott Harrington (No. 19) are within three strokes of the lead. Xinjun Zhang, the player in the No. 1 position at the conclusion of the Regular Season, sits T41 at 1-under.
  • Three players posted bogey-free rounds: Richy Werenski (65), Vincent Whaley (67) and Davis Riley (68).
  • Four eagles were recorded in round three: Dominic Bozzelli and Ben Taylor at No. 4, and Cameron Davis and Scott Harrington at the 12th
  • Australia’s Jamie Arnold (T6/-7) has played his last 43 holes 11-under after sitting 4-over through 10 holes of the opening round.
  • Second-round leader Kevin Dougherty (T11/-6) ranks T1 in fairways hit through 54 holes with 33 of 43 (78.57%).
  • Defending champion Robert Streb (T18/-4) has played the front-nine 7-under and the back-nine 3-over through 54 holes.
  • Mark Hubbard’s (T35/-2) third-round 69 included a front-nine 39 (+3) and a back-nine 30 (-5), the low nine-hole score of any player this week.
  • Local favorite Bo Hoag (T50/E) was a standout for the Ohio State Buckeyes before turning professional. He won his first Korn Ferry Tour title at last week’s event in Portland to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season.
  • Former US Presidents Cup team member Kevin Chappell (T61/+2) returned to the tournament where he made his professional debut in 2008, finishing T40 that week. Chappell, who has been recovering from microdiscectomy surgery, last competed at the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.
  • All five of the players tied for sixth at 7-under represent five different countries: Jamie Arnold (Australia), Anirban Lahiri (India), Beau Hossler (United States), Ben Taylor (England) and Viktor Hovland (Norway).
  • This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion. The winner will also receive 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour
  • The par-3 fifth hole (233 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Saturday, playing to an average of 3.280.
  • The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Saturday. The hole played to an average of 4.547 and yielded two eagles and 35

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                          36.232                 35.580                  71.812

R2                          35.933                 35.642                  71.575                  71.693

R3                          35.413                 35.173                   70.587                 71.342

MATCH RECAP COURTESY OF PGA TOUR

 

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Third Round tee times

 

All tee times are local
OSU GC – Scarlet Course
TEE # TIME PLAYER NAMES
1
07:32 AM USAGrayson Murray

USABrett Stegmaier

COLNicolas Echavarria

1
07:43 AM SWEHenrik Norlander

AUSRhein Gibson

USAT.J. Vogel

1
07:54 AM USAGrant Hirschman

KORWhee Kim

USAHarry Higgs

1
08:05 AM USAZack Sucher

ARGNelson Ledesma

USADominic Bozzelli

1
08:16 AM USAD.J. Trahan

USAHarris English

USAShawn Stefani

1
08:27 AM USASteve Wheatcroft

USAJustin Lower

USATyler Duncan

1
08:38 AM USARichy Werenski

USAMark Hubbard

USAMartin Flores

1
08:49 AM USAVince Covello

MEXRoberto Díaz

USARyan Brehm

1
09:00 AM CANDavid Hearn

CANAdam Svensson

AUSCameron Davis

1
09:11 AM USAChase Seiffert

USABen Kohles

USADylan Wu

1
09:22 AM USAWade Binfield

USAKevin Chappell

ARGJulián Etulain

1
09:34 AM USAOllie Schniederjans

USAJoseph Bramlett

ARGFabián Gómez

1
09:46 AM USABo Hoag

USADavis Riley

USABilly Hurley III

1
09:58 AM USAVincent Whaley

USATom Hoge

CANMichael Gligic

1
10:10 AM USAJohnson Wagner

USATyson Alexander

USASteve LeBrun

1
10:22 AM USAJoey Garber

USAJoshua Creel

NORKristoffer Ventura

1
10:34 AM USAJimmy Stanger

USAMatthew NeSmith

AUSJamie Arnold

1
10:46 AM USASeth Reeves

USAPeter Uihlein

USACody Gribble

1
10:58 AM RSAJustin Harding

USALanto Griffin

USAZac Blair

1
11:10 AM AUSCameron Percy

AUSCurtis Luck

MEXJosé de Jesús Rodríguez

1
11:22 AM INDAnirban Lahiri

CHNXinjun Zhang

USADoug Ghim

1
11:34 AM USARobert Streb

USABronson Burgoon

USABeau Hossler

1
11:46 AM USABen Martin

USAKramer Hickok

USAScottie Scheffler

1
11:58 AM ENGBen Taylor

USAScott Harrington

NORViktor Hovland

1
12:10 PM USAKevin Dougherty

USABrandon Hagy

USABrendon Todd

 

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF PGA TOUR & NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONSHIP COMMUNICATIONS

Dougherty catches fire in 2nd round to lead Nationwide Children’s as previous leaders Hovland and Perry struggle

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A former Oklahoma State University golfer sits atop the leaderboard at the halfway point of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, but it may not be the cowboy everyone expected. Kevin Dougherty fired a second-round 5-under 66 to take the 36-hole lead at 134 (-8). Brandon Hagy sits alone in second, one stroke back after a final-hole birdie for a 4-under 67. Third at 6-under 136 is Brendon Todd, who shot a 7-under 64, the low round of the day.

 

Overnight co-leaders Viktor Hovland, tied fourth at 137 (-5) and Cameron Percy, tied eighth at 138 (-4), struggled in the afternoon conditions with rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.

 

Dougherty, a 28-year-old from Murrieta, California, began on the 10th hole and notched three birdies on his opening nine, at Nos. 12, 16 and 18, before adding a fourth birdie at No. 4. When his sand-wedge from 117 yards settled less than two feet from the cup on his final hole, he tapped in for birdie and a bogey-free, 5-under 66.

 

After coming in off three missed cuts, Dougherty said his tee shots have been his strength this week.

 

“I think I missed three fairways the first two days and two of them were in the first cut by a foot,” he said. “I’m driving it really good and giving myself really good looks at the holes.”

 

Dougherty, No. 26 at the conclusion of last year’s Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season when he narrowly missed a chip-in birdie on the 72nd hole that would have moved him inside The 25, is at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals this season after finishing the Regular Season at No. 33. His highlight was a runner-up finish at the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth where he was eliminated in a five-man playoff won by Henrik Norlander. The following week he tied for third at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank.

 

Now that the Regular Season is complete, Dougherty, who got engaged to Lindsay Suchy two weeks ago, feels like it’s nice to have a fresh start this week.

 

“Everyone is at zero so it doesn’t matter what we did from January in the Bahamas until now,” he said. “Then again, these events are really important, so there’s just as much on the line for sure.”

 

Brandon Hagy, on the comeback trail after being sidelined by a hairline fracture of his left wrist that kept him out of the game for five months in 2018, mixed five birdies with three bogeys and an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole to move into solo-second, one stroke back of Dougherty.

 

“I never dealt with taking five months off before,” he said. “I had some flashes of some good golf last summer on this tour, which gave me some confidence.”

 

This season on the PGA TOUR, Hagy made one cut in the 13 events he played, advancing to the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, eventually finishing in a tie for 66th. His lone Korn Ferry Tour start was a missed cut at the Knoxville Open.

 

“It’s a fine line out there (on the PGA TOUR),” he added. “I think I missed like six or seven cuts by one shot, which you’re not really playing that bad on that tour if you’re missing a cut by one shot. So, I’ve just been trying to stay positive, keep reinforcing the good stuff. It’s a lot easier said than done, for sure, but I think I can do it.”

 

The best move of the day came from PGA TOUR winner Brendon Todd, who closed with four straight birdies to shoot 7-under 64 in the early wave and sit third at 136 (-6). Todd, who began the tournament with a double bogey on Thursday when his opening tee shot ended up just inches over the out-of-bounds line and sat tied 65th, credited his jump of 62 spots on the leaderboard to improved ball-striking.

 

“It’s a good golf course for me because it is difficult and there’s some strategy involved, because the holes are so tight and there’s so many doglegs,” he said. “From that standpoint, being a shorter hitter but somebody who kind of places the ball, it’s a pretty good track for me.”

 

Todd had struggled with his game for several years before seeing notable improvement this year, making the cut in seven of 11 PGA TOUR starts. Before those 11 starts in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, the only cut he’d made in his 20 previous starts was a tie for 70th at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson, the tournament he won in 2014 for his lone PGA TOUR title.

 

“I really built a lot of momentum this year and I feel ready to compete out here,” he said. “These finals are really all about having that great week. I look at each week as a one‑week race to the top. If you can win or cash in on the top three, you can get back on the PGA TOUR, and that’s kind of what this is all about for me.”

 

Scott Harrington, who finished solo-second at last week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz to move to No. 19 and earn a PGA TOUR card, birdied five of his last six holes for 67 to sit tied fourth with Hovland, Ben Taylor and Ben Martin at 5-under 137.

The 36-hole cut came at 1-over 143 with 75 professionals advancing to the weekend.

FRIDAY NOTES:

* Friday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 85. Wind SW at 7-14 mph.

* The cut came at 1-over with 75 players advancing to the weekend.

* Kevin Dougherty holds the 36-hole lead for the first time in his Korn Ferry Tour career. Last season at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, Dougherty missed a chip on his 72nd hole by inches that would have secured his first PGA TOUR card.

* Through two rounds, Dougherty ranks T1 in putts per green in regulation with 58 putts on 32 greens. The 28-year-old also ranks second in driving accuracy having hit 23 of 28 fairways.

* In 2013, Brandon Hagy (2nd/-7) won individual medalist honors at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational contested at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.

* Hagy sits alone in second place through 36 holes for the second time in his Korn Ferry Tour career. At the 2016 United Leasing & Finance Championship, Hagy was second through two rounds before finishing T36.

* Brendon Todd (3rd/-6) fired the low round of the day, posting a 7-under 64 on Friday. Todd is making his fifth start in Columbus and first since 2013.

* Entering the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, Todd had made just five cuts in his previous 44 starts. This season, he made seven cuts in 11 starts, and now has a chance to secure his 2019-20 PGA TOUR card.

* Five of 24 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season, most recently Kristoffer Ventura at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet.

* Scott Harrington (T4/-5) is the only player from The 25 within three shots of the lead. Harrington birdied five of his last six holes to close his second round. Last week, Harrington secured his first PGA TOUR card with a solo-second at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz.

* Defending champion Robert Streb (T8/-4) sits four strokes off the lead through two rounds. Streb defeated Peter Malnati in a playoff at the Scarlet Course last season.

* After 36 holes, first round co-leaders Viktor Hovland and Cameron Percy sit T4 and T8, respectively.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion. The winner will also receive 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour Points.

* It is estimated that players with 200 or more Korn Ferry Tour Points at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance will secure a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card.

* The par-4 14th hole (473 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Friday with a scoring average of 4.276.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Friday. The hole played to an average of 4.500 and yielded four eagles and 66 birdies.

 

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                        36.232                 35.580                  71.812

R2                        35.933                 35.642                  71.575                   71.693

 

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