A potential Playoff is looming at the BIRDI Players Championship as we head into the final weekend.
Current Leaderboard (as of Friday night)
A tightly contested tournament turned dramatic on Thursday and Friday as 2 players seeked to take the lead into the weekend. Josh Bennett (currently 4th in BIRDI Cup Standings) had the low round of the week at -2 under par going into the final hole, a long par 4 with water on the left and trees on the right. He hit the green in regulation and stood over a 15 foot putt for par and the lead, that is when things got interesting. The putt was further downhill than his initial read and his first putt sailed past the hole more than 10 feet. His second putt stopped just short of the hole and in an inexplicable turn of events, Bennett tapped in his 3 putt double bogey and fell into a 2-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. If the tournament ends in a tie, there will be a playoff between Roegiers and Bennett for the Major Championship.
Another BIRDI Cup leader, Dominic Rosati also had a chance to tie the lead with an 8 Foot putt on 18. But it slid by the hole just left and the bogey left him at +1 for the tournament and just off the lead.
Play continued through Thursday and Friday and a surprise player jumped up the leaderboard and is in prime position for a top 3 finish and a major jump up the BIRDI Cup Standings. Jeremy Pownell played a clean round and shot a +1, 72 with 1 bogey, 1 double and 2 birdies. He had several chances with additional birdie putts down the stretch and didn't capitalize, but his current 2nd place tie puts him in position to move into the top 15 in BIRDI Cup points for the season, a dramatic rise from just 2 weeks previous.
Nick Taylor (5th in BIRDI Cup points) going into the tournament new he had the game to dominate the Quail Hollow course and this proved out as he carded 4 birdies through the first 11 holes. But an uncharacteristic double bogey on 10 and 2 bogies on 17 and 18 left him at 2 over par and just out of the potential playoff, but still in great position to maintain or move up in the BIRDI Cup standings.
Brittain Braithwaite is in position for his first win of the season with the Net lead going into the final weekend.
Play continues Saturday and Sunday with several top players yet to post.