Golf: John Huh

HP Byron Nelson: Round 2 notebook

May, 17, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Guan Tianlang chose to dwell on the lessons learned and not the fact that after playing in three PGA tournaments with the best players in the world, he finally missed his first cut.

The 14-year-old amateur sensation from China lost his chance at remaining for the weekend after a second-round 77 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Friday. He finished with a 36-hole total of 147. Players shooting 141 and higher missed the cut.

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Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesGuan Tianlang missed his first cut Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
"I just think I learned a lot in these last two rounds and just didn’t play my best out there today, and I still learned a lot. I still have a lot more to learn," he said.

Guan gained attention by making the cut at the Masters in April and again at the tour stop in New Orleans, becoming the youngest to make a cut on the PGA Tour.

On Friday, the damage came early for Guan. He double-bogeyed his third hole and, after a birdie, finished his first nine with five consecutive bogeys for a 41. Then the eighth-grader settled down and was 1 under through the first eight holes of his second nine, but he finished with a double-bogey.

"The last couple of holes on the first nine, I think I didn’t play bad, just got in the wind and got some bad luck, but that’s golf," Guan said.

"I calmed myself down a little bit and got better on the back nine."

Guan said he is unsure of his schedule but he has a couple of tournament invitations.

Local favorite: Jordan Spieth made it to the weekend a couple of times at the Nelson while in high school at Dallas Jesuit.

He made it again this year, but as a professional with a shot at a paycheck. Spieth followed an opening-round 69 with a 68 on Friday and is tied for 30th at 3 under.

He said he thinks the difference between those first two starts at this tournament and this week has nothing to do with money.

"It's the fact that I've been playing with a pretty full schedule and obviously this isn't the only one you're prepping for and it's one that I single out, but it's an event in a long stretch of a PGA Tour year," he said.

He said he felt more "loose and settled in" this time.

In his first two appearances at the Nelson, Spieth finished tied for 16th in 2010 and tied for 32nd in 2011.

Since turning pro, the 19-year-old has recorded three top-10s and has $699,472 in earnings.

Sweet recovery: No doubt in Ryan Palmer’s mind which of his shots stood out the most in a second-round 68. He pointed to a 6-iron on a 175-yard third shot to the par-5 16th that he "flushed" to within 5 feet.

"That had to be my best shot of the day," said the Colleyville resident, who converted the putt and made birdie on a hole on which he encountered tree trouble because of his tee shot.

Palmer opened with a 65 and is tied for fourth at 7 under.

Huh in the mix: John Huh is tied for fourth at 7 under. The Lewisville resident shot a second-round 64 with eight birdies.

"A 64 is not too bad right now," Huh said. "I drove the ball beautifully and made some putts, so I’m pleased with the way I played today."

Notes: Duffy Waldorf, the last of six alternates to gain late entry this week, not only made the cut but finds himself tied for 13th after a second consecutive 68. ... John Daly will be around for the weekend after shooting a 66 that included six birdies. He’s tied for 30th at 3 under. ... Former UT-Arlington golfer Zack Fischer shot 65 on Friday to easily make the cut. Fischer, a native of Texarkana, earned his Nelson spot in open qualifying. He's tied for 43rd at 2 under.

Tom Gillis among trio making a charge

May, 17, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Tom Gillis, a 44-year-old still seeking his first PGA Tour win, was among a trio of golfers making strong second-round charges at the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Friday morning.

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Playing in the first pairing off No. 10, Gillis shot a 7-under 63. He’s at 8-under for 36 holes, in second place overall, two off the lead of Keegan Bradley, who is part of the afternoon wave.

"I'm glad I got to find out what I could do in calm conditions," Gillis said. "We were playing at a good pace and I was putting great."

Gillis holed seven birdie putts of nine feet or more, including a 32-footer on No. 13. Had he converted a 12-foot birdie putt on his last hole, Gillis could have finished with a 61 and a tie for the lead. Instead, he three-putted for his lone bogey.

"I gave it too much on my first putt and lost concentration coming back," Gillis said.

Erik Compton and John Huh, a 22-year-old Dallas resident, climbed into the top 12 with rounds of 63 and 64, respectively. Huh is tied for fourth at 7-under and Compton is tied for 11th at 5-under.

The projected cut is at 1-under.

Will pivotal hole No. 9 decide champ?

May, 27, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A double bogey for Jason Dufner, his first in the last 147 holes, has set up a dead heat with Zach Johnson heading to the back nine in this final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Dunfer's second shot on hole No. 9 landed on the green, but bounced back and splashed in the water. After dropping and getting within 18 feet, he narrowly missed the putt to drop back to minus-14.

Johnson made a nice save on the hole when his second shot, with his left foot on the edge of the bunker and choking down on his club, got onto the green. With a chance for a three-shot swing and the lead on hole No. 9, his 14-foot, six-inch putt lipped out, leaving Johnson to settle for the par and the tie.

For the round, Dufner is plus-1 and Johnson is even.

Still, no one else has made up much ground with Tommy Gainey and John Huh both at minus-7. Gainey is through 13 holes and Huh is through 10.

As for Johnson's course-record 21-under, that would appear to be safe for another year.