Date: May 02, 2009
Author: PA Sport and Sportal

Watson and Goosen lead, Woods slips

Bubba Watson fired a superb seven-under-par second round of 65 to grab a share of the lead at the Quail Hollow Championships in Charlotte. Watson equalled the course record of 30 over the front nine at Quail Hollow Club and carded eight birdies and an eagle against three bogeys to draw level with Retief Goosen at the top of the leaderboard on eight under par. Overnight leader Tiger Woods bogeyed two of his final three holes to finish level par for the day and seven-under for the tournament alongside Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and George McNeill. After starting the day in equal second spot, Australian Robert Allenby fell off the pace to be in a share of 25th position on three-under courtesy of a second-round two-over 74. New Zealand youngster Danny Lee is a stroke in front of Allenby on four-under, Mathew Goggin is on two-under while John Senden (one-under), Geoff Ogilvy (even) and Aron Price (even) just survived the cut. Watson began his second round on the 10th and having opened with a birdie and then a bogey, sank three consecutive birdies from the 14th as the 30-year-old began to gather momentum. He was briefly checked by bogeys at the 17th and 18th to reach the halfway point one-under but birdies at the 1st, 3rd and 4th saw Watson climbing the leaderboard. A 27-foot putt at the 7th brought an eagle and a birdie at the 8th saw him end the day level with Goosen, who completed a second consecutive 68. Watson admitted his mental approach over the weekend will hold the key to his chances of victory. “I think I&aposm good enough to play golf. I think I&aposm good enough to win. I might never win, who knows, I can&apost tell you that, but it&aposs my mental game,” he said. “The physical game is there. I can hit driver as far as I want, I can hit driver as short as I want. I can chip and putt if I want to.” “It&aposs just (a question of) &aposam I physically and mentally going to be ready to play golf?&apos (and) &aposam I going to be mentally in the game?&apos.” “No matter what the golf course is, no matter how tough the conditions are, if I&aposm mentally ready I&aposm going to play golf.” “My mind just wanders. I&aposm thinking about what shoes I&aposm going to buy, I need to wash my car. I&aposm thinking about stuff that doesn&apost matter because we&aposre out there for so long.” “Five hours of PGA Tour golf. I mean, it&aposs just not fun. I love the game of golf, and I think it should be done in three hours.” “The mental part is just hard. It&aposs hard for me because I didn&apost listen in school, I didn&apost graduate college until last year, so that&aposs a seven-year lay-off.” “Just for me to focus for that long is just hard. My caddie kicked me in the butt a few times and kept telling me to stay focused.” Goosen sank six birdies, the highlight a 31-foot putt on the 10th, with just two bogeys in his four-under effort. “Obviously this year has been a little bit better for me on the golf course, and it&aposs nice to be up in the top 10 position a bit more often and see how your game stands up on the weekend,” the South African said. “So I&aposm looking forward to the weekend, see how it goes. The course is tough. Obviously I think it&aposs going to change a little bit on the weekend with rain coming in, but the course is playing fairly tough.” Woods, meanwhile, began his day with a bogey at the 1st but fought back with birdies at the 5th, 9th – courtesy of a 55-foot putt – and 10th before finding a greenside bunker at the 16th which led to a bogey. The 33-year-old then dropped another shot at the last to fall one shot behind the leading pair. “My game was spotty here and there but I just kind of hung around,” he said. “Unfortunately I didn&apost finish very well. I didn&apost drive the ball particularly well today, didn&apost hit my irons as well as I&aposd like. I was hanging in there but overall it&aposs not that bad, considering the way I was hitting the golf ball today.” Quail Hollow Championship After Round 2 -8: Bubba Watson 71 65, Retief Goosen 68 68 -7: Zach Johnson 70 67, George McNeill 69 68, Tiger Woods 65 72, Jim Furyk 71 66 -6: Camilo Villegas 71 67, Phil Mickelson 67 71, Jason Dufner 67 71, Jeff Maggert 68 70 -5: Steve Marino 67 72, Robert Karlsson 70 69, Davis Love III 70 69, Anthony Kim 70 69, Ted Purdy 70 69, Lucas Glover 68 71 -4: Ross Fisher 73 67, Jeff Klauk 69 71, Charles Warren 69 71, Bill Haas 69 71, Bo Van Pelt 69 71, Hunter Mahan 68 72, Danny Lee (New Zealand) 71 69, Brendon Todd 70 70 Also: -3: Robert Allenby (Australia) 67 74 -2: Matthew Goggin (Australia) 71 71 -1: John Senden (Australia) 71 72 E: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 71 73, Aron Price (Australia) 71 73 +1: Greg Chalmers (Australia) 73 72. Nick O Hern (Australia) 69 76 +2: Peter Lonard (Australia) 71 75, Jarrod Lyle (Australia) 73 73 +3: James Nitties (Australia) 73 74 +4: Steve Elkington (Australia) 73 75, Marc Leishman (Australia) 73 75 +5: Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 75 74, Rod Pampling (Australia) 70 79 +7: Stephen Leaney (Australia) 75 76 +8: Adam Scott (Australia) 77 75, Stuart Appleby (Australia) 73 79, Nathan Green (Australia) 70 82