The Midwestern swing of the MFT complete, the events move on to the East. The first two stop will be in the Philadelphia area. First at Winged Foot for the Liberty Bell Classic, then a skip and a jump to Marion for the Eastern Open.
After the Midwestern Match Play Championship, the money list stands at:
1. Phil Rodgers $1.193 million
2. Bernhard Langer $1.170 million
3. Jay Hebert $1.107 million
4. Bruce Lietzke $1.106 million
5. Julius Boros $1.082 million
Tom Weiskopf and John Mahaffey have also earned a million from the Midwestern swing.
With a minimum of 4 events, the top scoring averages are
1. Bernhard Langer 71.75
2. Dow Finsterwald 71.80
3. Johnny Miller 71.90
4. Hubie Green 72.20
5. Arnold Palmer 72.30
Rounding out the top ten are Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Jay Hebert, Jerry McGee, and Ted Kroll.
Are where are the likes of legends like Nicklaus and Player?
Nicklaus is ranked 31st in scoring average and 62nd on the money list, having made only 1 of 3 cuts and being eliminated in the first round of the match play tournament.
Player is ranked 68th in scoring average and 37th on the money list, also having made only 1 of 3 cuts and was also eliminated early in the match play tournament.
They are due to make some noise. Will it happen on the Eastern swing?
Weather in the Philly Area and Winged Foot Course Conditions: For two days before the tournament, there was rain off and on, leaving the course soft and the greens normal. But the first day dawned bright and sunny, with a steady wind out of the west, so the course may dry out substantially before the first round is complete. An already long course will be made longer by the soft fairways and the wind which will largely lead to cross winds, as the course is laid out predominately north and south. The rough is long and, being wet, a real hazard in its own right. The key to low rounds will be staying on the short stuff and out of the wet rough. Driving accuracy will be critical. On the positive side, the slow greens will better hold the long and medium irons which are typically played into the par fours and par threes. There are only two par fives on the par 70 track, and only one of them is potentially reachable in two. With the wet course the 640 yard par five on the back will take many a medium iron on their approach shot. Play around the greens should be more forgiving.