Obviously, Estes has found a groove at Old White TPC and he explained what has allowed him to stay so solid.
"This golf course isn't one where you hit driver off of every tee," Estes said. "It's not a real long golf course, there are plenty of 5-woods and 3-woods off a lot of the tees. A lot of it, you're playing for position, kind of fitting it in between the bunkers. Then you have to be an accurate iron player and control your distance, and that's one of the things I do best."
Estes' score in the morning Friday continued a trend over the first two days in which players playing early have seen a friendlier course than those in the afternoon.
"[Thursday] was much trickier because the wind was blowing in every direction," Estes said. "It was gusting at times, it was swirling. A lot of times you might pull a club and it's blowing one way and as soon as you hit it, it's coming the other direction. It was just more difficult to pick the right club and get the ball closer to the hole [Thursday]."
Hold the phone
Cell-phone abuse appears to be benign, especially compared to a previous tournament in the Columbus, Ohio, area.
There is a little confusion on the Old White TPC, however.
Marshals have been generally courteous in reminding fans about putting their phones on silent, and not taking pictures or videos.
The rules on using phones for other purposes has a few marshals stumped, it appears.
The tour policy, as listed in the pre-tournament media notes, reads as follows: "Fans can send/receive messages, check data and utilize the PGA Tour app on the course away from play.
The phrase "away from play" can be a gray area. It's clear that texting while a golfer is over his ball or lining up a putt is an obvious no-no, but texting from the side of the fairway during a golfer's walk to his ball may be confusing.
This is not: Some marshals have told patrons to put their phones in their pocket. Nothing in the policy, as provided to the media, prohibits the simple act of carrying phones.
Daly was playing in the group behind Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson and Scott Stricker, and had a good following. The birdie put him at 4-under.
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