U.S. Open live blog
Throughout this week, ESPN.com golf writer Jason Sobel will be live blogging from the U.S. Open, bringing you inside information and analysis from Torrey Pines. Refresh this page often to keep track of all the entries during each round. (All times are Pacific time.)UPDATE: The third round blog will begin at 2:30 p.m. PT.
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- After tee shots on the ninth hole, Adam Scott's caddie [Tony Navarro] was last one up the fairway. A heckler who had been riding him for a few holes said something that put him over the top, and Scott's caddie started after the fan. He was restrained and cops forcibly subdued the fan. Could see the skirmish from across fairway but this is what marshals said happened. They said it looked like Scott's caddie would have gone into crowd if not restrained.
• 1996: Neal Lancaster, 29, Round 2, second nine
• 1995: Neal Lancaster, 29, Round 4, second nine That's not a typo. Two of the best three nine-hole scores in U.S. Open history were shot by Neal Lancaster in consecutive U.S. Opens. Take that, Tiger Woods. 6:33 p.m.: As Tiger Woods prepares to hit a 6-footer for birdie on No. 9, my colleague Bob Harig makes a terrific point: "He's having Stevie help him line it up. He doesn't do that very often." Either Steve Williams helped Woods pick out a line or just confirmed what he already saw, but Tiger drains it to shoot 68 and enter the weekend in a three-way tie for second at 2-under. 6:29 p.m.: After being forced to lay up when he hit his drive into the rough on 18, Stuart Appleby drains a lengthy birdie putt to move to 3-under, in sole possession of the lead entering the weekend. Those guys at 8-over? Trunk-slammers. 6:27 p.m.: Spy report from the range: According to an observer, when Tiger Woods was making his birdie run a little while ago, every time he hit a shot, players on the range would stop hitting balls and watch him before going back to their routine. 6:18 p.m.: The bad news for first-round co-leader Justin Hicks? He followed his opening-day 68 with an 80 today. The good news? It's still good enough to make the cut. He's at 6-over going into the weekend, tied for 53rd place right now. 6:13 p.m.: E-mail from Matt in NYC:
- Here's a fantastic question for Tiger for his post-round press conference: "
Tiger, with your great second half today and your green shirt, did you feel like you were playing for the Celtics?" He would LOVE that. Give it a whirl.
- The best thing for Stuart Appleby (besides another birdie on the final hole) is for Tiger to stay at 1-under. He hasn't done well paired with Woods, especially in majors.
- Tiger is the only guy I've seen eat apple, not banana.
- I am in San Diego to go to the Open on Sunday and we heard the roar from Tiger's birdie on 4 from 20 miles away!
- I am in a tree on edge of 4
life is good.
- Just got kicked out of tree by a female cop who looked like Gary Busey.
- Wow you just mention Oliver Wilson and it's an insta-bogey.
- Just wanted to point out that our first round co-leader is on his way to potentially getting Romo'd today. Justin Hicks is
8-over through 13; playing bogey golf the rest of the way ties him with the Cowboys QB.
- So you're telling me Gary Wolstenholme, a 47-year-old amateur from England, was just waiting around in San Diego in case he got in as an alternate? Man, the dollar must be even weaker than I thought.
- I just wanted to point out that you must have provided some motivation for Jimmy Henderson. He courageously parred the last two holes to finish 155th.
- There are 10 photographers following Rocco Mediate right now.
- Does the name Rod Pampling ring a bell? I think Justin Hicks has a chance to equal that amazing accomplishment.
- I'm guessing if Justin Hicks wins the open he automatically gets status on the PGA Tour. What if he finishes in the top-10? Would he get any kind of status?
- What's gotten into Padraig Harrington? Did he eat his Wheaties or maybe a bowl of Lucky Charms this morning?
- Sitting here in the office, I suddenly have a "need" to go to a U.S. Open. I've been to plenty of golf tournaments, but never an Open. I was curious as to where the future sites are so I can start making plans now.
• 2010: Pebble Beach Golf Links
• 2011: Congressional Country Club
• 2012: The Olympic Club
• 2013: Merion Golf Club
• 2014: Pinehurst No. 2
• 2015: Chambers Bay Golf Course My personal order of preference? Pebble (one of my favorite places in the world); Bethpage (grew up 20 mins from the course; the '02 Open was the most fun I ever had covering an event); Chambers Bay (looks incredible); Merion (old-school charm); Olympic (ditto); Congressional (I shot a 1?? there a few weeks ago -- and no, I'm not filling in the question marks); and Pinehurst (nothing against it, but some course has to be last). 12:20 p.m.: E-mail from Russ in Houston. He found Beth. And (s)he's wearing the shirt. Um, here (s)he is. It's just so nice to have fans. 12:13 p.m.: Sporting the understated gray slacks, Sergio Garcia makes birdie on his final hole to close out with a 70. Nice comeback for the Players champion, after that brutal start to yesterday's round. He's at 4-over and well within striking distance of the lead this weekend. Speaking of which, I know some of you will be asking this question soon, so I might as well just do it myself. E-mail from Jason at Torrey Pines:
- How close to the lead do potential contenders need to be entering the weekend?
- OK, seriously. I am a believer now. This Blog Jinx is getting out of control. Poor Svoboda. It's like an entity. It's the beast. It must be stopped.
- Still too early to start projecting the cut line?
- I worked alongside Andrew Svoboda as a caddie for years at Winged Foot. Really nice kid. I always wondered how he could chase around those old guys shooting 110 on the West course when he was such a player himself. It's great to see him seizing the opportunity. Hope the Blog Jinx doesn't hit after you post this.
- Dress like a freak, play like a freak. Sergio Garcia shot 76 yesterday, right? Lime green shirt.
He's 1-over through 14 today? Normal shirt, grey slacks.
- Ian Poulter trying to punch out of rough on 12
duffs it. Then he slams his club down and flips the bird to his ball.
- The Englishman, asked by the magazine to predict the winner of the first major of the season at the Masters in April, replied: "Put Tiger down for that one."
For the year's second major at the U.S. Open, he said: "You can put me down for that one."
- Q: Who do you work with on your putting?
D. J. TRAHAN: Actually, a guy who takes lessons from my dad. His name is Jack Moore. And he's a fantastic putter. And we're working on his long game. But the man can putt. And he's kind of just brought me back to basics and really working on some simple fundamentals. And it's amazing how sometimes when you kind of lose focus, I think a lot of guys maybe just go out and hit putts, and I felt into that all I would do is go out to the green, drop three balls, and just putt around. And I finally realized I'm not getting any work done here. My putting is not going to improve just by sitting out here and putting around for 45 minutes. So we worked on getting a good practice routine and working on fundamentals and it's been a big boost for me.
- I am loving your blog as always. If I were at the Open, I would wear a "I (heart) Sobel" shirt. But let's talk about what's really important at Torrey Pines this Friday. If the Mint Julep is the official drink of the Masters, then what is the drink for the Open this year? And what will you be imbibing? Maybe a John Daly?
- I'll never forget the first time I played with him at a small municipal par-3 course near our area (Heartwell in Long Beach, Calif.). He was playing with his father; I was just learning the game and playing with my grandfather. We were pretty young -- 6 or 7. I could barely hit the ball 50 yards. Meanwhile, I think Tiger just about parred every hole. The brilliance was there from an early age.
He lived across the street from a small park with large trees. He would hit golf balls from his front yard across the street and over these massive trees -- it was a game to him. He still owns the house (his Learning Center is only a few miles away; whenever he's back in town, he still visits his parent's home).
By high school, everyone knew he was special; everyone knew he was going places. Meanwhile, I was working my way through high school at a local sandwich shop (and lucky enough to make the golf team at a rival high school). After rounds at the nearby Navy Golf Course, he would stop by for a sandwich He was always gracious and kind. One day, I was kidding with him and asked him for an autograph. He agreed and signed a paper copy of the sandwich shop menu. That was 15 years ago. I still have the menu.
Break right through that line
With our colors flying we will cheer you all the time! U Rah Rah! Go U Northwestern
Fight for victory!
Spread far the fame of our fair name
Go Northwestern win that game! I think I'll do that. But only in bits and pieces. So maybe I'll see him waiting for lunch in the locker room and say, "Hey Luke, break right through that line!" And then on the driving range, I'll call out, "U Rah Rah!" And maybe later, I'll shake his hand and say, "I'm Jason Sobel. Spread far the fame of our fair name." I think he'd enjoy that. (For the record, Donald is still 2-under, now through eight holes.) Meanwhile, on-course spy Trigger -- an Iowa native and Northwestern alum -- has smoke coming out of his BlackBerry while watching Zach Johnson and Luke Donald at the same time. I'll spare you the gory details. 9:50 a.m.: This comes from Bob Harig, who resents me going public with his love of the Chipwich: "You want to tell 'em I'm eating a freakin' bagel, too?" Should be a fun day, considering he's only sitting about two feet away from me. Sometimes I try to cheat off his work and copy what he's writing, like we all used to do in 10th grade English class, but then we just wind up writing the exact same column. 9:44 a.m.: Leaderboard check shows Luke Donald at 2-under, one shot behind sole leader Justin Hicks, who tees off exactly three hours from now. D.J. Trahan and Camilo Villegas are each making a move at 3-under for the day, but the best score right now is from the last player into the field. Andrew Svoboda, who wasn't even playing 24 hours ago and only got in based on Brett Wetterich's WD due to a wrist injury, is 3-under through his first four holes. A little background: Two years ago, he missed the cut by one at his home course, Winged Foot. He turned pro shortly thereafter, but in two trips to Q-school hasn't progressed past the second stage. 9:38 a.m.: It's nice that I don't even have to explain these long absences anymore. From Adam in Portland, Ore.:
- Here's my suggestion for your laptop: Tee the thing up and hit it off one of the cliffs with your 3-iron. Maybe you'll get lucky and hit one of those clothing optionals on Black's Beach.
- Seriously, your blog has strange powers. Not 20 minutes after you post
the Dinwiddie bio, he bogeys the next two holes!
- We all (Davis) Love this blog and would be very upset if you DQ'd us
all, because the only thing left would be the kitchen (Stewart) Cink.
- Let's Flesch this out before these puns become a Weekley occurrence.
- We need somebody objective to Mediate here.
- We are all hurting as Baddeley as you are reading these puns.
- It is 10:53 and I have yet to eat anything the past two days, due to my dedicated reading of your blog. I haven't been this hungry since I starved myself for a week before auditioning to be on Survivor. I really just wanted to get one of those cool bandana things, then I found out I could order them online, and quit my audition. I wore it around for a day, then I got hit in the face with a broom for looking like a dork, and that was the end of it.
- Don't worry about the bad luck or bad puns. Weir all in this together. Woods you prefer it if nobody read your blog?
- Stewart Cink hits a great third shot on 13 to set up birdie try. Sergio Garcia marks his ball for him and fires it back down the cliff to Cink, then hits a blind third shot to two inches. Meanwhile, Vijay Singh's third fails to clear embankment and rolls all the way back.
- A ball to be lifted under the Rules may be lifted by the player, his partner or another person authorized by the player. In any such case, the player is responsible for any breach of the Rules. The position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted under a Rule that requires it to be replaced. If it is not marked, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball must be replaced. If it is not replaced, the player incurs the general penalty for breach of this Rule, but there is no additional penalty under Rule 20-1. If a ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved in the process of lifting the ball under a Rule or marking its position, the ball or ball-marker must be replaced. There is no penalty, provided the movement of the ball or ball-marker is directly attributable to the specific act of marking the position of or lifting the ball. Otherwise, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke under this Rule or Rule 18-2a.
- So, what you're saying is stop the puns
- Do you expect any Hicks-ups? Or will we be Rocco-ing on? Perhaps the Axley's will fall off the wagon?
- If Streelman wins, can we say he's "streeling the show"?
- So I got to thinking about what your take might be on Friday the 13th. Do you think we will see any spooky or freaky things happening out on the golf course today?
- Stewart Cink hit his second shot on 12 into grandstand left of the green; appeared to have come to rest on the stairway. Hits a great chip off what was a free drop, but missed the par putt.
- If I heard this right, Geoff Ogilvy carded his first sub-70 round in a
U.S. Open yesterday, correct? Do you think he is playing well enough to back
that up over four rounds or does he seem like he will blow up under the
pressure of having to maintain that level all weekend?
- What was the finally tally on those getting Romo'd yesterday? About half the office is either reading your blog or checking the scoreboard and we want to set a good over/under number for the day. Yes we're gambling on golf at work
not that there's anything wrong with that.
- I think the over under for mentioning Tiger's knee should be set at 65. I'm taking the over.
• 10 a.m.: 63 degrees; 5-10 mph winds
• 12 p.m.: 66 degrees; 5-15 mph winds
• 2 p.m.: 71 degrees; 10-18 mph winds
• 4 p.m.: 68 degrees; 8-15 mph winds
• 6 p.m.: 64 degrees; 5-10 mph winds What's it mean? Tougher conditions -- albeit not brutal, by any means -- for the players teeing off later in the day, meaning those who already played well during yesterday's afternoon draw (Kevin Streelman, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els and Robert Allenby among them) have an advantage in that they may be able to post another decent number this morning and watch it hold up throughout the day. 7:00 a.m.: Good morning from Torrey Pines, where Round 2 of the 108th U.S. Open Championship is just getting under way. Let's start with a passage that I neither wrote (that honor goes to the esteemed Dan Jenkins from his 1990 novel, "You Gotta Play Hurt") nor remembered (it was passed along by reader Rob in Dallas this morning), but one which provides a little fun insight into this event:
- "The press and the contestants are always grumpy at the US Open. It's a grumpy event. The golfers are always grumpy because they detest the course. They detest it the moment they arrive and can't see anything but weeds and exotic plant life bordering the pinched-in fairways and surrounding the marble-slick greens. The players always accuse the United States Golf Association of setting up the golf course to make them shoot high scores and look foolish to the fans. The USGA responds by saying it is only trying to protect the 'integrity' of par and 'identify' the best golfer of the week, and, meanwhile , 'Play away, gentlemen.'
"The press is grumpy because of the way it is always treated by the USGA. The press is invariably headquartered at a scroungy hotel, which is never near the course, the parking passes will only get the writers as far as the area to catch shuttle buses, and most of the air-conditioned rooms of the clubhouse are always off-limited to the writers. Every year the press howls about its treatment and every year the USGA's officers say the inconveniences are a small price to pay for the Open to be held at one of the country's finest golf courses."
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