In 2016, Arden Key recorded 23.5 total sacks and tackles for loss combined. Had he been three years removed from high school, he likely would have been a first-round pick in the NFL draft. Instead, he had to return to school, and his draft stock dropped when he took a leave of absence from the LSU football team during the spring.
At one point last offseason, Key was up to 280 pounds. During the season, Key posted just 9.5 sacks and tackles for loss combined. At the combine, he was down to 238 pounds, one of the lowest numbers we’ve seen from a pass-rusher in recent years.
It’s hard to forget what the New England Patriots did to Sean Davis last year. Overall, the former Maryland Terrapin has had a difficult start to his career. With the additions of Morgan Burnett in free agency and Terrell Edmunds via the draft, nobody knows how the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary will shake out this year.
McIlroy’s Thursday playing partners, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth, didn’t seem to enjoy their featured group much either, as they combined for an ugly 25-over-par day. And at this rate – with scores of 10-over, 7-over and 8-over, respectively – all three may struggle just to stick around for the entirety of this U.S. Open.
And around Shinnecock, missed fairways effectively take par out of play.
McIlroy found out just how bad the fescue can be on No. 14, when he couldn’t even get the ball in the air, let alone out of the high stuff. After dribbling his first effort, McIlroy chopped it sideways back into the short grass en route to his second of three double bogeys.
Somewhat shockingly, Mickelson – a man known for his often-crooked tee shots – was superb off the tee. He hit hit all but one fairway, but the second shots let him down; he found just nine greens in regulation and then needed 33 putts – below the field average – to finish off his round.
The trio’s lone solace, really, is that they were far from alone in their suffering.
With winds consistently in the 20-mph range, just two players from the morning wave Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys cracked par. None finished at even par. And the tournament’s opening 78 rounds averaged a NHL Jerseys China whopping 76.09 – well above the par of 70.