Collin Morikawa (L) and Doc Redman (R)
(Cal and Clemson photos)
ORLANDO, FL (March 17, 2018) - Collin Morikawa
(University of California) and Doc Redman
(Clemson University) are growing more and more comfortable playing against the world's best at the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Both made the cut after posting consecutive even-par rounds of 72, and both continued their fine play on Saturday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
Morikawa shot a 1-under 71 to get into the red for the tournament at 1-under 215. Redman shot a third straight 72 to sit at even par.
Morikawa had a steady round on Saturday, with bogeys on 3 and 14 offset by three birdies, on 6, 7, and 12.
Redman's round was more turbulent, with a double bogey at the 2nd hole setting him back, followed by birdies at 3, 6 and 8 getting him into the red for the day. Bogeys at 9, 13 and 14 put him at 2-over again, but three more birdies on 15, 16 and 18 rescued his round, despite another bogey on the difficult long par-3 17th.
On Sunday, Morikawa will tee off at 10:10am with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, while Redman will play with Hall of Famer Davis Love III at 9:25am.
ROUND TWO RECAP
Even-par was more than good enough for Collin Morikawa and Doc Redman as they both made the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The college stars both fired even-par 72's for the second consecutive day to finish inside the 1-over cut line at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
Teeing off on No. 1, Morikawa, a junior at Cal, was 1-over after three-holes before finding a groove late on the front side with birdies on the 5th, 6th and 8th holes to move to 2-under for the day and 2-under overall. Following a par on the 9th, Morikawa rolled in one last birdie to reach 3-under as his upward trend continued. The birdie on the 10th capped a 4-under run between Nos. 5-10.
Playing in his second PGA Tour event Morikawa cooled off down the stretch bogeying three times during the final eight holes.
Redman, the defending U.S. Amateur champion, spent most of the day on the outside of the cutline before making a late charge with birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 (after starting on No. 10) to return to even-par. Needing to play level-par golf to the house Redman, a sophomore for Clemson, parred the last three holes.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational is the first of three PGA Tour events that Redman will play in over the coming weeks. After playing this week he will tee it up in the Masters and also at the RBC Heritage the following week.
In the third round Redman will play with former Texas star Beau Hossler beginning at 9:19 a.m. while Morikawa will be playing in the next group with Tyrrell Hatton starting at 9:28 a.m.
ROUND ONE RECAP
College stars Doc Redman and Collin Morikawa both opened with even-par 72's on day one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and sit in a tie for 48th.
They will begin Friday's second round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge eight shots off the lead held Henrik Stenson.
Redman, a sophomore at Clemson, earned his spot in the field last summer when he captured the U.S. Amateur title. This event is the first of three PGA Tour events that Redman will play in over the coming weeks. After playing this week he will tee it up in the Masters and also at the RBC Heritage the following week.
On Thursday Redman began his round slowly with an opening bogey and also carded a second on the 8th to turn in 2-over 38. The round was close to spiraling out of control following a bogey on the 11th that dropped Redman to 3-over but down the stretch he righted the ship playing the closing seven holes in 3-under.
Redman's birdies came on Nos. 12, 16 and 17. The chase for the cut will begin for Redman on Friday morning at 9:23 a.m. of the 10th tee with a group that includes recent college stars Sam Horsfield (Florida) and 2016 NCAA Individual champion Aaron Wise (Oregon).
Playing in his second career PGA Tour event Collin Morikawa had an adventurous round. Beginning on the second nine the Cal junior bogeyed three-times (10th, 14th, 15th) but also was able to birdie once on the par-5 12th and register a highlight worthy eagle on the par-5 16th that returned the 2017 Northeast Amateur winner to even-par for the day.
The eagle was the result of a 39'4" putt that came from the fringe.
After the fireworks of the first nine Morikawa, a two-time winner this year for Cal including recently at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, had a more mundane finish parring the final 10 holes.
Morikawa will also be trying to make the cut on Friday and he will begin his second round off the first tee at 9:23 a.m. He will be playing with Sam Burns (LSU) and Talor Gooch (Oklahoma State).