Muirfield Village was alleged to be arrange simpler for the primary of two straight PGA Tour occasions. It certain did not really feel that approach to Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and others who missed the minimize on the Workday Charity Open.
The second spherical was accomplished Saturday due to two storm delays in Dublin, Ohio. With mild morning situations, Koepka had little probability of getting sufficient gamers fall again to let him get inside the prime 65 to make the minimize. Koepka closed with 5 birdies in seven holes Friday night, however his 74-69 was one shot brief.
Collin Morikawa takes a three-shot lead into the weekend at 13-under 131, one shot away from the 36-hole document at Muirfield Village that Jason Dufner set three years in the past on the Memorial. So the course will need to have felt simple to him.
However the minimize got here at 2-under 142. That is the very best rating to make the minimize for the reason that PGA Tour restarted its season after a three-month shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadians Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes started Saturday’s third spherical in a tie for 11th at 6-under, one shot forward of Adam Hadwin and Roger Sloan of B.C.
Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., was two-over via his first 4 holes in Saturday’s third spherical to maneuver to 2-under whereas David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., missed the minimize.
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Muirfield Village might be arrange more durable for the Memorial subsequent week. The Workday Open is a one-time occasion that replaces the cancelled John Deere Basic. It is the primary time in 63 years the PGA Tour has had consecutive occasions on the identical course.
Rose had an 80, certainly one of six rounds at 80 or larger. It was the seventh time in his PGA Tour profession that Rose failed to interrupt 80, and the primary since The Gamers Championship three years in the past.
Threesomes in third spherical as a result of rain delays
The 67 gamers who made the minimize included M.J. Daffue of South Africa, who bought into the Workday Open as a Monday qualifier. Needing birdie on his last gap, he hit his brief iron to 2 toes on No. 9 for a 69 to make it. The 31-year-old Daffue is taking part in solely his second PGA Tour occasion.
Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman had been three behind and within the last group with Morikawa. The third spherical featured threesomes due to the rain delays.
Nick Watney, Dylan Frittelli and Denny McCarthy missed the minimize. All of them examined optimistic for the coronavirus this week however had been allowed to play as a result of they already had examined optimistic, bought via self-isolation and confirmed no signs.
The tour cited federal well being pointers and analysis that the virus can nonetheless be detected for weeks after restoration however that it now not is contagious.
As an additional layer of warning, they performed in the identical group. If that they had made the minimize, they’d have performed as a single amidst threesomes.