BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Whether it’s the pressure or the unrelenting, rainy, breezy conditions, scores are considerably higher today in the second round of stroke-play qualifying.
Rak Cho, No. 56 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings and runner-up at last year’s FootJoy, was just four off the lead after 2-under 70 in the first round. In today’s round, Cho turned in 11-over 46 and finished with a 15-over 86 to perhaps seal his fate of missing out on match play at this year’s U.S. Junior.
Austin Green followed a first-round 73 with a ghastly 87 in which he somehow finished with a smile on his face. Green’s approach to his closing hole – the par-4 ninth – was a shank that came within inches of hitting a car’s windshield. He took an unplayable from trees near the clubhouse and made a double-bogey 6. “He had kind of a mental breakdown today,” his caddie told me.
Mike Miller had a steady, even-par 72 in the first round. Not so much in the second round. He went 44-46 to post a 90.
Needless to say, conditions are pretty tough at Trump National today.