A fierce Southwest coastal wind provided a daunting test for PGA Bermuda Championship golfers on Day 2.
Kim Swan, a 3-time Bermuda Open Champion on this course, smiled as he watched world class players struggle in these conditions. On Friday round 2 “The Real Port Royal Just Showed Up”.
Swan stated: “These are the windy conditions that we in Bermuda are accustomed to playing golf in out here in the Atlantic. “
“When you know how to handle the wind, you actually will say a prayer or two that it will show up. But be careful what you ask for because windy conditions at Port Royal can prove disastrous anytime. “
“As the weekend is upon us, and if these conditions continue, it definitely will favour an accomplished wind player. From my experience anyone who is exceedingly good in the wind, prays for it to blow as it can sort out a talented field.”
Based on Swan’s analysis, Friday’s 2nd round was clearly music to the ears of some who were able to leap frog up the leaderboard and put themselves in the mix at the halfway point.
Denny McCarthy and Luke Donald’s solid performances have not gone unnoticed. MaCarthy’s four under 67 vaulted him 58 places up the leaderboard into joint 6th place at -5 under par. Donald’s three under par 68 likewise allowed him to make a huge move and leaped 40 places to also be in 6th place at 5 under par.
With the 36 hole leaders Wyndham Clark (26 year old from Scottsdale, Arizona) and Ryan Armour (an Ohio State’Buckeye’) at -8 under par and the winds likely to continue to blow a gale this PGA Tour Bermuda Championship is wide open at this point.
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