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Freddie Couples Leads Northern Trust, Jim Gray Suspended

A 94 foot eagle is a damn good way to start your round. Throw in a couple of 30 ft. birdie putts, stay bogey free, shoot 66, (-8), and lead the 2011 Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Oh, and happen to be Fred Couples, king of 50+ cool on the golf course and a lot of other places.

That's where Freddie finds himself, two shots clear of John Senden and J.B Holmes. The 2nd round hadn't been fully completed, so expect some movement on the board by tomorrow AM. Senden's score was through 13 hole and a few players were in striking distance of Couples.   2nd Round Partial Scores.  

One man who didn't make the weekend was The Golf Channel's designated interviewer, the serial contentious Jim Gray. It seems Mr.Gray was a tad obnoxious in attempting to quiz Dustin Johnson's caddy about Johnson's missed 1st round tee time.

Average Golfer's perused various and divergent accounts of the incident only to conclude that at the least Mr. Gray violated PGA Tour policy by interviewing during a round in progress. Seems simple enough to justify TGC's removal of Gray from their telecast. Hard to feel too bad for Gray. Not like it's his first dust up.

Forrest Gump was right. Unconfirmed sources reported Mr.Gray leaving Riviera clutching a realtor training manual.

Can the fifty-something with the bad back hold up? That's the fun in watching for this fifty-something. Freddie stills bangs it out there with the young guys, has great hands around the greens, loves Riviera, and finally turned in his goofy putter for a semi-goofy one.

If the putts fall he'll be catching a lot of face time come Sunday.    


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