Thursday, July 30, 2009

No. 17


The party hole deserves its name.

No. 17 at Warwick Hills is well-known as having one of the rowdiest crowds on the PGA Tour. With a tent halfway down the 197-yard fairway that has a beer tent right behind it, No. 17 crowds should be pretty animated.

Most of the time, the tent crowd won't even stop talking - and talking loudly - when golfers are on the teebox or the green. But when one of Michigan's own sticks a tee shot about a foot from the pin, they will stop the partying briefly to watch Andrew Ruthkoski of Muskegon, Mich., tap in for a birdie.

Ruthkoski earned a spot in the Buick Open field by placing second in a Monday qualifier at Fieldstone Golf Club in Auburn Hills.

Ruthkoski's two on No. 17 was his fourth birdie in his first eight holes, and he headed for 18 at 3 under. (He bogied No. 10, the hole his group started out on this afternoon.)

But a double bogey on No. 18 and a triple bogey on No. 1 turned his 3 under into a 2 over.

Maybe he needed that party crowd atmosphere to follow him around the turn.

Oh, and for the Tiger and K.J. watch. Tiger is 1 under through 16, Choi is 3 under through 17.

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