Friday, June 19, 2009

Quick notes

OK, what have we learned after the first/second round of the U.S. Open? Well, I learned that Tiger Woods is human; Mike Weir can play small ball to a course record 64; David Duval still has a little life in him; and Phil Mickelson remains my sentimental favorite.

I know ESPN and NBC mainly showed the best shots today, but some of those players were flagging shot after shot. I thought Bethpage Black was supposed to be a monster. The signs on the course say so. "The black course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers."

To be sure, the field playing in the U.S. Open is a group of highly skilled golfers. But considering the last time the Open was played there, widespread under par scoring is unusual. Right now, 16 players are at least one under, with Lucas Glover leading the way at 6 under.

Having said all that, it's good to remember that the tournament isn't even half over. Some players hadn't even finished their second rounds when the horns sounded for darkness. We all know about comebacks and rallies.

Look at last year's U.S. Open when Rocco Mediate was in the clubhouse with the lead. Woods needed a birdie to tie, and that's what he did. Then we all remember how Woods and Mediate duked it out for 19 more holes, until Tiger won.

Well, the names might be different this year, but early indications say that we might have another dramatic finish.

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