Turning Stone: Late stumble kills Manning's chances
Eric Manning, the Yahnundasis Golf Club assistant professional, had a great chance to make his first PGA Tour cut after posting a 3-under-par 69 Thursday, but he couldn't quite hold it together Friday in the second round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
Manning, 42, got off to a rough start with bogeys on the second and third holes. But he got back to the cut line of 4-under par with birdies at 8, 10 and 11, then had the wheels come off with a bogey at 15 and a double at 17. A spectacular birdie at 18 allowed him to finish with a 73 and two under for 36 holes.
"I didn't drive the ball very good today," Manning said. "I hit it into the rough too many times."
Manning, who got into the tournament by winning a qualifier, couldn't be specific about why his driver abandoned him.
"I felt real good with my swings yesterday," he said. "Today, I didn't feel so good."
He thought he had things back together with the birdies to start the back side, but holes 15 and 17 killed his chances.
"Fifteen, I make bogey there, and I butchered 17," he said.
Manning hit into the left rough on 17, and things got worse from there.
The shot at 18 nearly resulted in an eagle - he hit a gap wedge from 118 yards, the ball hit about 5 yards beyond the stick and drew back, missing the cup by an inch - and at least allowed Manning to finish with a flourish, but he couldn't really be happy in the end.
"After playing a real solid round yesterday and not playing well today, it's a little disappointing," he said.