After shooting a 71 in Round 1 and finding himself tied for 13th, Matt Fitzpatrick shot a 76 on Friday and is now tied for 33rd. Fitzpatrick is 3-over in the tournament, and made the 6-over cut with relative ease.
It's hard not to have high expectations for Fitzpatrick after his Round 1 performance. Today will be a decisive day for the former Northwestern Wildcat — he spent one quarter at NU — with the ability to vault himself back into contention or fade off with another high score.
Fitzpatrick plays very smart golf, especially for a 21-year-old, and his short game was phenomenal Thursday, including a 12-foot birdie putt on the Par 3 16th hole. On Friday, however, Fitzpatrick was unable to capitalize on his excellent, short game, failing to notch a birdie.
After shooting a 74, the leader, Jordan Spieth, no longer seems almost untouchable. Fitzpatrick is seven strokes off from the leader and just three strokes away from cracking the Top Ten. If a few things go his way Saturday, there's no reason we couldn't see him back in contention.
Pairing, tee time
Fitzpatrick is paired with 2011 PGA Tournament Champion Keegan Bradley. They'll go off at 11:50 ET on Saturday.
How to watch
CBS will have live TV coverage from 3-7 p.m. ET
Those sites will also have coverage of holes 15 and 16 from 12:30 a.m.-7 p.m. ET and will have a featured groups stream from 10:30 a.m.-completion (~7 p.m.)