Pinehurst No. 2, Friday, June 13
3:00 p.m. PDT: Free fall Phil
With Kaymer posting a second-straight 65, Phil Mickelson would love to be one of the players putting pressure on the auto-cruising German. But Mickelson is spinning his wheels at 2-over par through 15.
Graeme McDowell is sharp in his white standup-collar polo and trousers with a dash of red threaded thinly through a silver-grey plaid. Not flashy, but solid, and we’ll see what he brings out for the weekend … he’s probably within the cut-line, but at 2-over through 15, you never know.
Brendon Todd just got to 4-under through 15, and Kevin Na is back at 3-under after a bogey at 17. Snedeker is at -3 through 16, and Jordan Spieth is just now at -3 after a birdie on 13.
Are any of them close enough? Say this, for sure: There’s not a fashion contender among them.
8:44 a.m. PDT: Boss Kaymer
Martin Kaymer is all high-end in his fashion apparel while his golf score goes low and lower. Hugo Boss provides his clothes, and today it’s a nice silver-grey-on-black polo, with a Mercedes-Benz logo claiming prime real estate on the right chest.
Which, it could be argued, is all incidental, because Kaymer’s all the way to 9-under par for the tournament as part of the Friday-morning wave at Pinehurst No. 2. He’s six shots clear of the field right now.
Earlier, when the GG fashion committee had just tuned in to the ESPN cablecast, commentator Curtis Strange said, “I don’t think his mindset’s changed much with a six-shot lead.” Six-shot lead? It happened with four birdies in a 32 on the back nine, and another birdie on No. 3 when he drove the green on the 307-yard par-4 and comfortably two-putted.
A cluster of players under par tee off in the afternoon wave, including Graeme McDowell (-2), yesterday’s Fashion Leader who remains the odds-on favorite, even sight unseen today, by consensus of the committee.