NORTH BERVIK, Scotland ( Associated Press) – Cameron Tringell finally saw The Renaissance Club through windy weather and held his Friday to stay three shots ahead at the Scottish Open as he looks to win for the first time in his 13th year on the PGA Tour. was trying.
Tringle stayed on track after making four straight bogeys around the turn and finished with three pars for 2 overs 72. He held a three-shot lead over Gary Woodland (72) and Doug Ghim, whose 69 gave the hope that he could earn one of these. Three spots available for the British Open.
The Scottish Open is the first time the PGA Tour is co-sanctioning a European Tour event, and it led to the strongest field in the tournament’s history, featuring 14 of the top 15 players in the world rankings. Tringle won’t have to contend with half of them.
Masters champion Scotty Scheffler, world No. 1, was among seven players who could make an early start on the Old Course in St Andrews. They all missed the cut.
Most of them were caught on the bad end of the draw. There was only a light breeze on Thursday morning when Tringle scored 61 and Woodland scored 64. By noon, the wind was blowing at 30 mph, and the difference was just over three shots.
Friday delivered a steady dose of strong wind, given the design of the course specific to these parts and still playable links such as links that allow the ball to play along the ground.
Schaeffler (72) was on the good side of the draw and tasted strange bounces, found pot bunkers and other troubles that prevented him from making the field. PGA Champion Justin Thomas scored 77 and missed the cut by seven shots. He got a bad end to the draw.
Xander Schöfel and US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick also got a bad ending but they made it right. Schöfel started his day with a big wind on his back, a pin from 225 yards and an 8-iron in hand. He was trying to figure out how much to shorten it, and he judged it well. It rolled to 15 feet for an eagle, and while the goal was not flawless, his 65 was the best of the day.
The Olympic golf medalist was fourth, three shots behind, after winning the Travellers’ Championship.
Fitzpatrick was even stronger. He was 6-under for the day without a bogie on his card until he dropped a shot on each of the last two holes. His 66 also left him three behind.
“Massively,” Fitzpatrick said, knowing full well the scoring average for Thursday afternoon’s wave was 3.2 strokes higher. “It is obviously a huge amount and to be honest, I feel like the wind has calmed down as we started this morning. I think it’s safe to say that we got the worst half of the draw.
Also three shots behind were Kurt Kitayama (71) and Jordan Smith, who had an ace in 69 that made him and his caddy happy. Smith hit a 6-iron from 186 yards that rolled into the cup on par-3 17th. Title sponsor Genesis awarded him an electrified GV70 SUV, while caddy Sam Matton received an all-electric GV60.
The only problem is how to get them home as they both have cars this week. This was his least concern. There’s still a more windy weekend to come and a dozen players separated by five shots.
Tringle took advantage of the downwind hole for the birdie, and then began giving them back through the first hole, starting on par-5 16th. To end a bad streak, he had to make a 5-foot putt at No. 2 and continue on from there. The effect of the wind was as hard on the greens as it was from the tees or fairways.
“It’s very hard to judge how much wind is going to hurt, and then you get a putt, where the wind is going sideways,” Tringell said. “It can be a ball, two, a cup, even closer to 7, 8 feet. It’s really difficult.”
Woodland referred to it as mental agony, especially due to the drop in temperature during the day. Still, he’s excited to stay within the range of the lead and play well, which he credits for getting swing coach Butch Harmon back on the payroll.
Harmon has retired from full-time work, which includes traveling, and Woodland was bouncing around to various trainers. He finally had enough and went to Las Vegas after the memorial. He noticed a difference in his swing from when he won the US Open at Pebble Beach three years ago, and Harmon’s words were both valuable and unprintable.
“I needed it,” Woodland said. “That gets me in the right frame of mind.”
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