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Mickelson continues to roll at Riviera

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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

Phil Mickelson shot a second-round 70 to remain one stroke ahead of the field at the Northern Trust Open.

Mickelson spun a hooked lob wedge from 110 yards into the hole for eagle on the 8th hole, which would have been the shot of the day if not for Joe Ogilvie’s ace on the 161-yard 16th hole.

“I’ve got to go out and shoot some low scores because they’re out there, but I gave myself a good opportunity, which is what’s so fun about competing and playing the Tour is those opportunities on the weekend,” Mickelson said.

Pat Perez is in second place after firing a bogey-free 65, tying Jarrod Lyle for low round of the day. Perez hit  only 12 greens and five fairways, but took just 25 putts in the round.

“I didn’t hit it like you’d think I would,” Perez said. “I didn’t drive it all that great. I just scrambled well.  I put myself in the right places to make par or birdie.”

Matt Kuchar, Carl Pettersson, Jimmy Walker, Jarrod Lyle and Jonathan Byrd are two shots back at 4-under. Kuchar is looking for his first top 10 finish at Riviera in six starts.

Kuchar was stung by a bee while lining up a six-foot birdie putt on the sixth green, causing him some discomfort throughout the round.

“I haven’t been stung by a bee in probably 20 years,” Kuchar said. “I had stopped being scared of bees as a matter of fact. The thing got me, and it was really painful. It was not much fun.”

Another player not having much fun was Anthony Kim. Kim was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after marking down a bogey five on the seventh hole instead of a double-bogey six. It’s another black mark for Kim as he tries to come back from a thumb injury, which derailed his 2011 season. Kim has yet to make a cut in 2012.

The second round was suspended due to darkness with eight players still having holes to finish. Round three will be televised on CBS starting at 3 p.m. EST.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have four galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag and a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter.

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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