Stewart Cink and 3 others are tied at -4. No major fireworks in the first full field PGA tour event this year.
The one interesting thing is that 15 year old Michelle Wie is playing. She struggled today. I doubt she’ll make the cut but I hope she does!
Last year Stewart Appleby played some great golf to win the Mercedes. After starting out with a round of 74, winning this year was doubtful. But some solid golf and some mistakes by other players netted Appleby his 2nd Mercedes Championship in a row.
Vijay Singh should have won the tournament but a triple bogey on 13 ruined that. Tiger was “close” but couldn’t make up enough ground. And Johnathan Kaye was greenside chipping at 1 stroke back. All he had to do was get up and down from greenside on 18 to force a playoff. His chip was terrible leaving him 30-40 feet for his birdie to force a playoff. Kaye missed the putt.
The tournament could have been won by any of 4-5 people today but Stuart Appleby was the only one who didn’t make mistakes.
The Mercedes championship is turning out to be a great tournament. Vijay followed up his great round yesterday with another great one today. He shot a 65 on the par 73 course to go to -15.
Mike Weir had a stellar 2nd round shooting a 10 under 63. Weir is at -13, 2 shots behind Vijay.
Ernie Els is right behind Weir at -12 after his round of 65 today.
Tiger shot his 2nd 68 in a row to finish the day at -10. Had Tiger not had putting problems he would be close to the lead.
After round one of the Mercedes championship Vijay Singh was the leader. Apparently the winter break had no effect on his game. So for now it looks like everyone will be chasing him again. Tiger is missing some putts but still playing well. Wier is also right there (go neighbor!). Is Tiger going to give VJ a run this year?
I’m very much looking forward to the 2005 PGA Tour season. There are many dynamics in play this year. Will Vijay continue at the torrid pace he established last year? Will Tiger win an actual STROKE PLAY event? Who will be #1? And my favorite question: Will Phil Mickleson win another major?
The Mercedes is this week in Hawaii. The fun thing about the Mercedes (since it is first tournament of the year) is that many of the big players debut their new gear for 2005. Two years ago it was Ernie Els bombing 400+ yard drives at sea level with his new Titleist 983K and ProV1X.
What will be the big new equipment release this year?
It’s going to be a fun 2005!