|Brendon de Jonge|
WHEN A PGA TOUR PLAYER opens with a round of 80, he might want to check out of the hotel, scan flights and possibly reconsider his line of work. Good for many of us, an 80 is an embarrassing number for a veteran of the world’s best pro golf tour.
But that’s what Brendon de Jonge had on his scorecard after his first trip around Quail Hollow Club in the Wells Fargo Championship.
He carded nines of 39 and 41 (I’d take that!) that included 11 pars, six bogeys and a double bogey. The native of Zimbabwe hit a little more than half the fairways, but less than half the greens in regulation (44%). He had 34 putts.
De Jonge didn’t expect to be around for the weekend. Why would he after that mess?
But Friday was a new day, a new start, a new round.
During the second round, de Jonge made nine pars, eight birdies and an eagle. It added up to 62, which tied the course record. He hit nearly 80% of the fairways and more than 70% of the greens. His putter got out of the doghouse. Just 22 putts on Friday. He will stick around to play another two days.
“Golf is a strange game,” de Jonge said.