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Some sights and sounds from the second round

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Some of the sights and sounds of the Greenbrier Classic's Day 2:

  • Tiger Woods trying mightily to charge at the end - in order to survive the cut. Didn't happen.
  • Defending champion Scott Stallings, who stands at 3 under after two days, sending his drive off the No. 1 tee under a pine tree. "Same place Tiger [Woods] hit his yesterday," whispered a Greenbrier volunteer.
  • Another volunteer demanding "no cameras please" to the onlookers as Phil Mickelson approached his second shot on No. 1. Complete silence followed.
  • On the same hole, though, Mickelson stood over his putt. From the other fairway, a volunteer boomed, "Ladies and gentlemen, a reminder that cell phones are to be on silent. And no pictures please." Oops. Mickelson did, however, convert the putt.
  • John Daly's loud, floral pants.
  • Aside from the recognizable names, spectators saw groups pass with names like Claxton, Loar and Wilson. They also saw all three throw darts at the No. 9 pin.
  • At the same No. 9, Chris Couch lined up a 42-foot, 3-inch birdie putt. And curled it in.
  • A swing of fortunes? (Pun intended.) Moments after Couch converted his long birdie putt, Greg Chalmers sent his drive on No. 9 into the right rough by a tree on a hill. He punched it into the left rough before the green. Then he failed to get it out. And missed. Then he finally popped it out and two-putted for a 7 on the par-4. Triple bogey.
  • Shortly thereafter, Ricky Barnes sent his approach shot to within 1 foot, 3 inches of the hole and easily tapped in for a birdie. He flipped the ball to a teenaged girl, high-fived two young boys and smiled as he went to sign his card.
  • Video boards gave fans details of players, their shots.
  • Jonathan Byrd was at the media podium when asked about his upper respiratory infection: "Cough, cough," was the response.
  • Byrd, a Clemson product, was asked if West Virginia University fans had razzed him about last season's Orange Bowl rout: "Not too much. They've been very kind. My brother said earlier in the week we needed to keep the Clemson thing on the down-low." Byrd, by the way, has not recorded a 70 yet. Which is good for him.
  • The MetLife blimp hovering.
  • Fans, sometimes stacked four and five deep, lined the holes in which Woods played.
  • Woods walking down the fairways, appeared confident despite his score.
  • Bottles of water, umbrellas and fans were everywhere as those attending tried to keep cool.
  • The green and white of The Greenbrier resort was everywhere.
  • Smiles were aplenty on the faces of those attending, despite the heat.
  • Bewilderment took over at 3:35 p.m., when a weather delay was announced. The sun was shining. But not for long. A delay of 2 hours, 25 minutes would ensue.
  • Tom Watson converting putts.
  • Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvingle@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.

     

      

     


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