Goosen among those who miss cut at Winged Foot
MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods won't be around for the weekend, thanks to posting 76-76 in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open at an increasingly penal and hostile Winged Foot Golf Club.
|Even the survivors are unhappy|
Darren Clarke didn't sugarcoat it. After shooting a 72 on Friday, he vehemently complained about the greens at Winged Foot.
"The greens are poor, basically,'' he said. "They are Poa
greens, and they are very poor.''
Poa annua is considered by many to be nothing more than a weed.
It's safe to assume Clarke is among those with that opinion.
"They are jumping about, and with the combination of slope and
the speed, it makes it very tough to hole putts on,'' he said.
Asked if they are the worst greens he'd ever seen, Clarke
responded, "Yes. Comfortably.''
Among those who could join Woods, wife Elin and his crew for a world-class-caliber barbecue on his 155-foot, $22 million yacht, Privacy, which was harbored nearby for the tournament:
• Stephen Ames (72-78=+10): Players Championship winner was in good position until his final nine holes, which took him 41 strokes to play. Hitting five fairways and eight greens on a day has that effect on a round. It was the second bad day in a row for sporting heroes from Trinidad and Tobago -- the country's soccer team was blanked by England, 2-0, in the World Cup on Thursday.
• Tim Clark (77-74=+11): Everybody's favorite pre-tournament darkhorse after a tie for third last year and runner-up finish at this year's Masters hit nearly 70 percent of the fairways off the tees. So far, so good. But he hit fewer than half the greens. That leads to a lot of bogeys -- 15, to be exact. And a one-way ticket home.
• Justin Leonard (77-75=+12): Keeps his streak of never finishing in the top 10 in the U.S. Open intact. Of course, he hasn't been in the top 25 in a PGA Tour event since January, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised. One birdie in 36 holes doesn't equal a spot on the weekend grid.
• Michael Campbell (75-77=+12): Defending champ walked off in a surly mood. Of course, 70 putts does that to even a mild-mannered Kiwi. He was so angry after his 17th Friday that his caddie needed a catcher's mitt to handle the fastball that came after Campbell picked his ball up out of the cup. Campbell made two birdies and 14 bogeys in 36 holes. He had company in his misery -- partners Woods and Eduardo Molinari joined him to make as many double bogeys (6) as birdies and combined on 31 bogeys to shoot a combined 37 over par.
• Chris DiMarco (76-76=+12): On Wednesday night, if anybody had asked, here's guessing DiMarco would have taken shooting the exact same scores as Woods. He did. And he's gone -- 66 putts later (Woods, who blamed his troubles on the greens, had 63). DiMarco's struggles continue; he hasn't finished higher than 14th in a stroke play event this year.
• Chad Campbell (76-77=+13): Another favorite pundit pick sent wimpering. He hit three fairways and made 10 bogeys on Friday alone. He's now missed five of seven cuts in his Open career and has never finished better than 35th.
• Davis Love III (76-78=+14): No light at end of rainbow this time for Love at Winged Foot, like there was when he won the PGA here in '97. Just his third missed cut in the last four U.S. Opens. Six birdies on the plus side. Eleven bogeys, three doubles and a dreaded other (a 7 on the ninth on Thursday) negated that -- as did 35 putts on Friday.
• Tom Lehman (78-76=+14): Two straight missed cuts at the Open for the Ryder Cup captain. Not that this was ever in doubt: Lehman bogeyed his first hole Thursday, his last hole Friday and made just one birdie, 11 bogeys and a double in between.
• Retief Goosen (77-78=+15): Finished triple-bogey-bogey, which pretty well sums up his two days at Winged Foot. He hit fewer than half the fairways off the tee and had 70 putts to miss the cut for the first time since 2002.
• Sergio Garcia (78-78=+16): Withdrew with back injury last week at Westchester. Now, he has two extra days to get better after a hitting 36 percent of the fairways and half the greens in regulation in two completely forgettable rounds. That lack of accuracy makes an average of 31 putts a round seem tame by comparison. It was his first missed cut in seven Open appearances.
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