Basalt’s Knous struggles at Open
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER – After struggling mightily Friday in the second round of the Colorado Open, Jim Knous proclaimed, “I definitely don’t feel like I deserve to be playing the weekend.”
Still, the Basalt professional likely will get that chance. A day after firing a
5-under par 66 that included seven birdies on the front nine, Knous dropped from second into a tie for 54th after Friday’s 78 at Denver’s Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.
He currently sits at 2-over, just one stroke better than the projected cut. Play was delayed because of inclement weather, then suspended at 7:53 p.m. The second round will be completed this morning.
“It’s pretty crazy that golf can have your mind going up and down this much in 36 hours,” Knous said. “You play great one day, then it all just flips 180 degrees on you the next day. I’m really questioning what I did wrong – and what I did right.”
Little went right on this day. He opened his round on the back nine with consecutive pars before things drastically took a turn for the worse. Knous’ drive at the par-4 12th sailed off line and into a water hazard. After teeing off again and short-siding himself with his approach, he wound up with a triple bogey.
Knous’ tee shot at the par-3 13th plugged in a bunker, and he dropped another shot.
“Two bad swings on 12 and 13 cost me four strokes right there,” Knous said. “That (start) really changes the mindset. At the beginning, I was thinking about getting in a position to win. All of a sudden, you’re thinking, ‘Uh oh, now I have to make sure this isn’t a terrible round.’
“Sure enough, I couldn’t quite get anything going.”
A day after sinking scores of putts from 10 feet and beyond, Knous could get little to drop. His lone birdie came on a three-foot putt at 16. By then, he already was 4-over.
Knous gave up more ground on the way in. After misreading an eight-foot birdie attempt at No. 1, he dropped a shot at the par-5 second after reaching a greenside bunker in two.
Steady wind gusts in excess of 20 mph resulted in bogeys at No. 6 and 8.
“Five through nine were directly into the wind back toward the clubhouse. It was brutal,” he said. “On most holes, I had mid to long irons into greens. That made things tough because I was thinking at that point that I had to make birdies to make the cut.”
It looks as though 2-over will buy Knous two more rounds.
“Going into (Friday), I wasn’t thinking, ‘All right, let’s just make the cut.’ … I’m going to have to try and get my confidence back,” Knous said. “Now, there’s really nothing to lose. I might as well go out there, be aggressive and give it all I’ve got.”
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