Luke List leads the CJ Cup after firing rounds of 68-67. The long-hitting List has the ability to bully a golf course with towering tee shots. In recent years his all around game has developed and his name has found the leaderboard with more regularity. His world ranking illustrates the improvement, the 32 year old ended 2014 ranked 1122nd, 2015 699th, 2016 199th and now ranks 138th. The steady progression could see a nice spike with a win at Nine Bridges.
One shot back is 2009 U.S. Open Champion, Lucas Glover who like List shot a 2nd round 67, the best score of the day. Joining Glover at 8 under is Scott Brown followed by Justin Thomas and Cameron Smith at 7 under. Thomas opened with a scintillating 63 but cooled off on Friday shooting a 74. Full scores.
The prodigal son
Sergio Garcia opened up the Valderrama Masters with a 5 under 66 to hold a share of the lead with Joost Luiten. Playing in front of the Spanish crowd, Garcia is looking for his first win since the Masters. Trailing Sergio and Joost by one shot is fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal and the man with legendary flow, Robert Rock. Round two is underway, follow scores here.
On the skillet - Moraine C.C. - 7th - 326 yards - par 4
Located in Dayton, Ohio, Moraine is a Alex "Nipper" Campbell design that was recently masterfully restored by Keith Foster. The full review of Moraine will be out in the next week or so. You’ll have to wait to hear me rave about it, but as an appetizer let's take a deep dive on the short par 4 7th.
The 7th hole’s tee shot plays off of a massive ridge. The hole is much shorter than the listed 326 yards.
Meanwhile, the long option can yield eagle putts and tap in birdies with a good drive. It also carries the risk of finding one of the deep greenside bunkers that flank either side of the green or worse the surrounding fescue.
The green is long and narrow with a great deal of back to front slope. Keeping the ball below the hole is paramount and when the wind blows it’s a tough target to find.
The psychological impact of the 7th is spectacular. It tests a player's appetite for risk and reasoning. A layup shot with a mid to long iron will yield a wedge from the fairway with regularity. A scratch or better player will have a birdie putt 80-90% of the time if they lay up. Despite those convincing odds, the allure of the eagle putt is persuasive and can entice players to go for it. The aggressive play will yield more easy birdies but also brings disaster into play.
I spent the week out in Utah touring the likely site of Zac Blair's golf course development, The Buck Club. We sat down with DJ Piehowski to discuss a bevy of architecture questions, the routing process of the Buck Club, technology and much more. Listen to the podcast on our website, iTunes or Stitcher.
Architect's Roundtable IV
Architect's Roundtable is back! Jeff Mingay, Jay Blasi and Rob Collins discuss influential modern designs, master plans, maintenance and subtle design features. Read the article here.
Soly is in South Korea for this week's CJ Cup, read his notes from the weekthus far.