Illini Golfers in the Pros

#77      
as far as I can tell we've got 3 illini gracing the pro tours around the world.

Ol' man Stricker is in the field at The American Express and not fairing well. After a +3 1st round he is going to have to go super low today to make the cut. Guessing it will be around -3 or -4, so 66 is probably his target.

Then the Belgium boys are in action in the desert.

Detry was way off his game this week. At one point from the end of the 1st round through the start of the second round he had 3 doubles in 4 holes. That is quite rare for a pro. Even the rest of the holes but +6 puts him near the bottom of the field.

Pieters is faring a good bit better. Excellent 1st round with a 69 but took the foot off the gas a bit today with a 71 but current sitting tied for 18th. Gonna need a strong moving day round to get in the mix for the title, but we have somebody to follow on the weekend.
 
#78      
Belgium boys are back at it and Detry is having a great start, -5 for his first round and so far through 8 holes today is -3. So -8 total and a shot off the lead, fingers crossed he can keep it up today and go into the weekend a real threat for his first title. Knocked on the door last year, lets see if he can break through.

Pieters even through 2 rounds, inside the cut line by a stroke and right now appears to be in position to play the weekend.

Strick with even par on the south course at the Farmers(much harder of the two tracks?). He had the unusual scorecard of 666, 6 birdies/6bogeys/6pars. Weather is a factor today so he is lucky to moving over to the north course, gonna have to be maybe -2 or -3 under to make the cut.
 
#81      
Yeah Detry's Saturday was a disaster. He certainly has an issue putting a solid weekend together. Top 10s don't kill you but he has to be disappointed. He has to birdie the last two to break into the top 10, 3 double for his weekend, that hurts.

Pieters had a decent weekend, T27 after just making the cut. Had the bizarre finish of triple/eagle on 17/18.
 
#83      
Man, this is impressive by Nick. Bogey free 65, had to go to a 2 hole playoff to get in. 150 guys competing for the spot. Chipped in on 17 and drilled a birdie on 18 to get in the playoff. Huge uptick in interest for the Waste Management. This is not my favorite stretch of the tour.
 
#84      
St. Peters MO
Pretty good day for the Illini...
Pieters shoots -5 which puts him in top 4

Detry shoots -3 puts him tied for 17th

Hardy shoots -3 tied for 21st
They also did a short piece on him and how he qualified on Monday.
 
#85      
Pretty good day for the Illini...
Pieters shoots -5 which puts him in top 4

Detry shoots -3 puts him tied for 17th

Hardy shoots -3 tied for 21st
They also did a short piece on him and how he qualified on Monday.
Strick puts up a 65 today and only 2 out of lead. But Nick has no fear. He is playing solid golf.
 
#86      
Well, well, well, a great day for our Illini. I guess I am most impressed by Strick, but actually all of them are in good shape. Tomorrow is another day. Lets see who shows up.
 
#88      
Strick on top of leaderboard at -10 with a -4 after 8 today. Nick is still -3 after 2. This could be a good weekend for the
Illini golfers
 
#95      
AAAARRRGGHHH!!!! Stricker said he was a badger in the interview yesterday. Its frustrating
Yeah it is annoying but he is an Illini.

I do cut him some slack because of just how into the badgers his homestate team he is. I mean I didn't go to Illinois but I am deeply invested in their sports. Went to VCU and they are not even 1/10 as emotionally vested for me. And Stricker seems like a decent dude.
 
#99      
Unfortunately Hardy and Detry stumble today. Both need a good final round for a top 20. Pieters played well, not really in contention, however. That course is a dreamland for DJ. He plays so well there.
 
#100      
Unfortunately Hardy and Detry stumble today. Both need a good final round for a top 20. Pieters played well, not really in contention, however. That course is a dreamland for DJ. He plays so well there.
The double on the back really hut but a good round tomorrow will get him a top 20 and another nice payday.