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Tom Watson drops to a tie for 12th at the Tom Watson Challenge

Winds gusting to 26 miles per hour keep scoring low as the second day of the Tom Watson Challenge concluded at The Country Club of Loch Lloyd. The second round began with Sean Dougherty and Preston Fleenor tied for first place and the tournaments namesake Tom Watson in fifth. At the end of round two only two players were able to post scores under par on the Watson designed championship course.

Tom Watson on the first tee at the Tom Watson Challenge day two.
Photo by Steve Wilson

Golf Professional Harry Higgs began the day at one over par 73. He posted an eagle on the par 5 fourth hole and birdies on 6, 7, and 8 to close the front nine at 31. On the back nine he made bogey on 11, double bogey on 12and bogey on 17 to finish at one under par for the tournament.

Amateur Zac Dittmer of Liberty, Mo. began the day at one under par and finished in a tie for first place with Higgs. He made birdies on 6 and 7 on the front nine, and on 15 on the back nine. The front nine was free of bogeys, but he had three at 10, 14, and 17 on the back nine.

Robert Strebb, a professional on the and PGA tour, began the round at one over par. He posted birdies on 4, 6, and 7 on the front and an additional bogey on 10 on the back. He made bogey on 5, 13, and 14 to finish day two at even par for the tournament. Strebb currently is ranked 71st on the Fed Ex Cup points list.

Dougherty who began the day tied for first place at five under par finished round two in an eight-way tie for fourth place. He started round two with a birdie on the first hole and followed it on the second hole with a bogey when his tee shot found the water short of the green. He went on to bogey 3, 4, and 7 on the front for a 39. He made birdie on 10 and bogey on 14 and 16 before making double bogey on 17. He currently stands at one over par for the tournament.

Preston Fleenor began the day tied with Dougherty at five under par. His only bright spot was on the opening hole when he made birdie on the 361-yard par 4. On the front nine, he made bogey on 4, double bogey on 5, and bogey on six. The back nine brought four more bogeys on 13, 15, 16, and the 18. He will begin the final round tied for 12th at two over par.

Watson began at two under par but lost his tee shot on the second hole to the water hazard and made double bogey. He made birdie at number 4 to go back to one under par. He remained there until the 11th hole, which he bogeyed sending him to even par. He made bogey on 13 and 17 to finish the round at four over par and at two over for the tournament.

The Tom Watson Challenge continues on Sunday at The Country Club at Loch Lloyd, with Watson teeing off at 9:30 with Sean Dougherty and Chris Mabry.

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