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Memorial Championship – MPO Day Two Recap: Lizotte almost cards an 1100 rated round

By Baker Helton
It was another exciting day for scoring at the Fountain Hills course during round two of The Memorial Championship presented by Discraft. Simon Lizotte and Sias Elmore tied for hot rounds today at 1090 rated -14. We will return to their storyline in a moment, but first, we need to recognize several other players who made moves in the MPO division.

Scott Withers and Eagle McMahon were both one off the pace today with Eagle even taking a bogey on hole four. Scott Withers is a name everyone should watch when he enters a tournament, currently 1027 rated he is from Oregon and shows up to play. This can be witnessed by his 1080 rated round that he threw today. While he was ultimately left to the chase card due to players who shot better day one, he will be one to watch tomorrow as he looks to make a push on moving day.

Another player who threw well today was Wintertime Open Champion Adam Hammes. Adam carded a twelve down on the day which moved him up 78 spots into a tie for 32nd place. If he puts together another round like today, he could have a look at breaking into the top ten for the tournament.

Ultimately the story of the day came from Sias Elmore and Simon Lizotte who both stuck to the paces they set yesterday to be on the lead card in round three. Yesterday Sias wowed with one of the early tee times and today was no different from his afternoon tee time. With no OBs, a 100% scramble and C1 putting rate it is clear Sias’s switch to MVP has not affected his play. He will enter tomorrow solidly in third place with two throws separating him from second and four throws separating him from fourth place.

Simon Lizotte also did not disappoint today. While his -14 was not as hot as yesterday’s -16 it was enough for him to extend his lead. He now holds a two throw lead over Eagle McMahon going into moving day. Simon was able to solidify his position by maintaining a 100% C1 Putting rate, a 100% scramble rate, avoiding any OB, and landing 67% of his C2 putts. Last year Simon was able to bring it home on the Vista Del Camino course, and it looks like this year may not be any different. Now it’s your turn to tune in and watch to see what happens. The men’s live card will begin at 4:45 PM ET and it is one you will not want to miss!