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Birdie for the Norwegian amateur Viktor Hovland at 15. He’s beginning to put some daylight between himself and his Silver Cup rivals. He’s -3 through five holes today. Takumi Kanaya (4) and Alvaro Ortiz (2) are both four shots behind at +1, while Devon Bling has bogeyed his opening hole, the 10th, and slips to +3. This is a race worth keeping an eye on: past winners of the Silver Cup include Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, all of whom went on to become a major champion. Hovland and Kanaya in particular are very highly regarded by those who keep an eye on such things.
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Another birdie for Jordan Spieth! Greenside of the par-five 2nd in two, he chips over the big bunker guarding the front left and rolls his ball across the massive green to nine feet. In goes the putt, and he’s -6. I wonder if he’ll start to think about that five-over front nine on Thursday? If he’d hit the ground running, he’d be right in the mix for a second green jacket! He was supposedly a spent force coming into this tournament. Nope! I don’t think so!