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Wysocki and Anthon Share Lead
Fireworks were launched from the Pro Flight lead card during Thursday’s Round 2 of the USDGC, when Ricky Wysocki and Josh Anthon shot a lights-out 55 (-13). The pair now find themselves tied atop the leader board at (-24).
Wysocki was in route to tying Anthon’s 2009 course record of 53 (-15), however, he threw OB twice and made bogey on Hole 18. “He was throwing like a genius. He should have shot a 52,” said 2009 US Champion Nikko Locastro, who was also on the lead card and is only two back after Thursday.
Others still in the mix include: 2010 US Champion Will Schusterick (-20), Cam Colglazier (-18), and three others are tied at (-17).
Anthon definitely liked where he sat after two rounds and felt confident in his approach to the course. With the softer OB rule, he said he can really rip into Winthrop Gold. “You can go for a lot of stuff and not mess up your score,” said Anthon.
Anthon said he knew things were shaping up well with some clutch early putts including a 45-foot jump putt that was stuck near a tree. He also seemed impressed with Wysocki’s play, commenting after the round that he almost watched Wysocki break his course record.
Wysocki, the 2011 PDGA Champion, said he generally avoids keeping tabs on his score to ensure a tough mental game, but he knew he was playing well as he approached Hole 18.
“Hopefully, I’ll have the same situation and deal with it better,” said
Wysocki, who is able to dispatch his powerful backhand or sidearm depending on the hole.
Only in his second USDGC, Wysocki, who lives in nearby Fort Mill, SC, said he played 10-12 practice rounds as soon as the yellow OB ropes were put up this year.