15th still the toughest hole at Bethpage Black (for now)
Play is suspended until Friday at the Black Course. But after three-plus hours of play on Thursday morning, enough players have played enough holes on both sides of the course to give us some sense of how Bethpage might play this week—and next week, too, if this rain keeps up. Here’s a look at the day’s stats thus far, some useful, other useless…Field scoring average: 76.99. Overall, the course has yielded 260 pars, 141 bogeys, 32 birdies, 23 double-bogeys and 5 “others”—two of which were posted by Britain’s David Horsey (at Nos. 1 and 6). At 10-over-par through 10 holes, Horsey is, for the moment, the leader board’s cellar dweller. Toughest hole: The 459-yard, uphill, par-4 15th, which is playing nearly a full stroke over par. No. 15 was also the toughest hole in 2002. Easiest hole: The 517-yard, par-5 4th. Of the 33 players who have played this hole today, 12 birdied it.Most surprising start: Padraig Harrington, who is four over through 6 holes. Never seen an Irishman so flustered by the rain. Least surprising start: Angel Cabrera, who’s even-par through 6. If the weather get worse, the old warhorse’s chances only get better.Best name among the early leaders: Andrew “Old Man” Parr, who’s one-under through 3 holes. If Parr hangs tough, the New York tabs will have a field day.