World No. 1 player Scottie Scheffler, who also finished runner-up at last year’s Colonial, fired a second consecutive 67 to slide into the top 10 at T7 heading into the weekend at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Scheffler’s bogey-free round included back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 and added another coming in at 15.
“I feel like I played really well. A lot of good iron shots, a lot of good drives. I gave myself a lot of looks, and I hit a lot of good putts today,” Scheffler said. “Just the greens got pretty chewed up this afternoon, and the grass is dying already. I think they’re kind of taking advantage of the fact that they’re blowing up the greens on Monday, so they’re pushing them as far as they can.”
“I wish I was a little bit further up on the leaderboard obviously, but I feel like my game is in a really good spot, so excited for the next couple days,” Scheffler said.
Scheffler’s fellow Dallas resident Jordan Spieth missed the cut for the first time in 11 trips to Colonial with back-to-back 72s. His three birdies were trumped by five bogeys including three of his last four holes as he continues to recover from a left wrist injury.
PGA Tour rookie Harry Hall stayed atop the leader board with a second-round 66 to back up his first round 62.
“I don’t think I’ve played my best golf this year on the PGA TOUR yet, and I think it’s arrived this week, and hopefully I can keep it going for the next two days,” Hall said.
Harris English sits alone in second, three shots behind Hall. This is in no small part due to his ace on No. 8.
“Just a really good number today,” English said. ” Just one of those shots where I had to hit a 9-iron really full, and it came off just like I wanted to and luckily went in the hole.”
The Block Party also came to an end as Micheal Block missed the cut after a second round 74. His opening round 81 put him in a tough hole, but it was not without its memorable moments that included an epic up-and-down from the bridge on No. 10.
Block’s take on his experience on No. 10:
“I came over that hill, I’m like where’s my ball? Because usually it’s like a white pin in the rough. I’m like, where’s it at? I can’t see it. There’s a guy going, it’s on the bridge. I’m going, oh, of course it is because yesterday was going that way. I hit 3-wood down the right center of the fairway, and I’m on a bridge.
So it’s like I get it. I play golf a lot. I get how it works, and that happens. I was lucky enough that the ball was not up against the side. I was lucky enough it was on the right side. I was lucky enough it was on a slight uphill slope. I was also lucky enough that I had trees that were gigantic right in front of me and the pin. Not really that lucky.
I took a gap wedge from 106 or 108, I forget what it was. I thought it was going to come off low and to the right off of that lie, and it actually came out high and left. So it came out great. Honestly, I thought I stuck it. I really honestly, when I hit it, I’m like oh, my God.
It came out high and perfect, going right at the pin, but because of all the spin off the cart path, it didn’t get he there because the RPMs on it had to have been ridiculous. So it came up short, and I made a par. It was one of the best pars of my life.
The rules official is like, yeah, Block, you’ve got to take it back here on the rough on a downhill slope over trees, and I’m like, no, I’m not. I’m going off of this. He’s like really? I’m like, yeah, I am, and I did.”
Following his missed cut, Block stayed for over two hours to accompany the fans with photos and autographs before heading home to California.
Michael Block stayed around signing autographs, taking pictures, and chatting with fans for over 2 hours after his round. pic.twitter.com/Jzi0BGA2DS
Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Tom Hoge, Joel Dahmen, 2018 Colonial champion Justin Rose, and defending champion Sam Burns are among the notables to make the cut and spend the weekend in Fort Worth.
Past Colonial champions Kevin Kisner, Chris Kirk, Rory Sabbatini and Zach Johnson join Tony Finau, Cam Davis, Sunjae Im, Davis Riley and Tommy Fleetwood as notables who missed the cut.