The thing about a career moment is that it’s worth waiting for and Taylor Pendrith did just that on Friday at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
Pendrith, who shot a first round, one over 71 in Thursday’s opening round, was up at 4:15 a.m. local time for the second round of the first major championship of his career.
Pendrith made the turn at even par, but immediately put up four consecutive bogeys. After a birdie on 15, he bogeyed his final hole of the day to finish with a four over 74.
Pendrith, who leads the field in driving distance with a 340.8 yard average, was under the cut line when he left the course.
“I mean, can’t control anything that happens this afternoon. I don’t see it getting any easier out there, so in my mind I think I’ll be one short, but who knows? The greens will just keep getting firmer. It’s windy. The pins are harder today, so you never know,” said Pendrith.
He was right. You never know, as the cutline went up to six over and Pendrith was playing the weekend.
Pendrith joins Adam Hadwin, who shot a 73 in Friday’s second round as a gusty wind gave Winged Foot some teeth. At five over, the two Canadians are tied for 33rd at the midway point.
“It was definitely much harder today,” said Pendrith.
“I thought the greens were firmer. It was windy today, as well. I played pretty good. I grinded really hard all day. I mean, you can hit one bad shot out here and it just kind of snowballs one after another. Just keeps going if you get out of position,” he said.
“Overall, I’m pretty pleased, disappointed to have bogeyed the last, but I played really well,” said Pendrith, who leads the field in driving distance 340.8 yard average.
“It’s a great golf course, good golf course for me, lots of drivers. You’ve got to hit it straight, though, but I hit the driver, I think, pretty well this week. I hit lots of fairways. I was hitting it far,” he said.
“So long and straight is a big advantage and I was able to capitalize on the fairways that I did hit, but out here, it doesn’t stop there. You can get the fairway and the greens are just so severe and the pins were tough and the greens were very firm. You’ve got to be kind of well-rounded and hit your irons well,” said Pendrith.
Just below the cutline by one was Corey Conners, who double bogeyed 15, bogeyed 16 and 18 to finish the day with a 76. Through the first two rounds, Conners was seven over.
Mackenzie Hughes also shot a 76 and missed the cut at eight over.
Patrick Reed leads at four under as only six players are under par.
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Hutch joined TSN 1290 in Winnipeg to discuss the second round here.
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Mike Weir opened the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach with a one over 73 that has him tied for 46th.
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Alena Sharp shot a one under 71 in the first round of the Cambria Portland Classic, which was suspended due to darkness after an earlier weather delay.
Sharp was tied for 39th when play was called at a tournament that was shortened from 72 to 54 holes due to air quality issues as a result of wildfires.
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