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.)
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• Round 2 7:45 p.m.: Well, that's all from Torrey Pines for today. Tiger Woods shoots a ho-hum 70, but hey, there's always tomorrow for a little excitement, right? And for those who like discussing TV telecasts, I'll throw this out there: Sunday night, U.S. Open, final round, biggest ratings for a golf tournament. Ever. You heard it here first. Back here tomorrow at around 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 ET), give or take. Should be a momentous day, with Tiger Woods either limping to victory or defeat. Until then, hit 'em straight 7:40 p.m.: A few good comparisons, each from multiple readers, in other sports: Michael Jordan's "flu game" in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals and Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Tiger's exploits today on one leg are right there with both of 'em. 7:34 p.m.: Now here's a little more level-headed perspective, from Charles in Parts Unknown:
- I know this might sound weird and all, but doesn't Tiger need to play better than he did today to win tomorrow? If he misses fairways as badly as today, and misses the 50-footers he made today, his round won't be nearly good enough, will it? He can't rely on crazy luck and long bombs tomorrow.
- Regardless of what happens, we have just witnessed the single greatest round in golf history, possibly the top sporting moment ever.
- Seriously ... two miracles on the back nine?
Is there anything Tiger can't do? He's playing on one leg, hasn't played in two months, and he still should win the tournament. Unbelievable.
- Tiger's chip in for birdie on 17 may just make the number one spot on SportsCenter, relegating the 80-foot birdie putt on 13 to No. 2.
- That shot was the perfect medicine. I bet his knee feels 10 times better after that shot.
- That was a great H-O-R-S-E shot.
- We are getting to the end of the third round. It's time to ask the serious questions: Can Rocco Mediate really win this thing? Who do you like right now to win it?
• Lee Westwood: 2.5 to 1
• Geoff Ogilvy: 5 to 1
• Rocco Mediate: 6 to 1
• Miguel Angel Jimenez: 7 to 1 I know the math may be off there, but I just don't see Rocco winning this thing. 6:19 p.m.: Good observation from Bradley in Sacramento:
- On that last drive on 15, Tiger did not look good. He is obviously in great pain.
- HOLY COW!!! This guy never stops amazing me!!!
- We just had an earthquake all the way in Alabama after that Tiger Woods eagle.
- An amazing putt by Tiger. Another roar like that, and we'll have some serious hillside erosion.
- I've holed out for eagle from the fairway from 110 yards. It was more exciting to watch Eldrick make that eagle than it was to hole out from 110 yards. That's not an exaggeration. He does things that are simply incredible.
- Would like to call it now ... Tiger's eagle is No. 1 or 2 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 tonight.
- Tiger makes video game putts.
• On putting his driver in the bag: "I didn't hit that many drivers -- I didn't hit it on 18, I hit 3-wood -- I felt like it gives me more fairway, and I was able to go for it. But I needed to try to make some birdies and get a few shorter irons in, being that I was 4-over. And started out hitting some decent drives, but the back nine I missed some fairways and that was costly."
• On his quadruple-bogey: "Well, gosh, it's a birdie hole. And here I was 1-over par, I felt like if I could get birdie there on 13, I could get back to even for the day. And over par's going to win. I felt like, gosh, one or two coming in I would be right there. And so that's obviously a bummer."
• On the last time he made a quad at No. 13: "I've had a 9 on 13. I was 8 years old, but I have had a 9 there." Gosh! 5:17 p.m.: E-mail from Justin in Parts Unknown:
- Rocco Mediate is a dead ringer for Voldemort from Harry Potter. I think that he and Ralph Fiennes could be related.
- Say Robert Karlsson wanted a memento from this round and took a picture in the middle of Tiger's swing. With Karlsson being 6-foot-5, who do you think would win in a fight between him and Steve Williams?
- May I please have your commentary on Camilo Villegas' pink pants? If Sergio gets grief for his outfits (not this tournament, per se) then let's give Camilo his fair share.
• The last time he shot a score this high at the U.S. Open was in the second round in 2005 (77).
• The quadruple-bogey 9 he took on the par-5 13th hole was the first quad at a major in his career. 4:21 p.m.: E-mail from Matt in Australia:
- Another argument for more West Coast venues: It's a lot easier for me to get up at 8 a.m. to watch my Australian countrymen choke their brains out than 5 a.m.
- Here in Europe, we prefer the U.S. Open to be on the East Coast. Tournament broadcasts on the right coast start at about 7 p.m. and end at midnight. Beer and pizza, all night along. Loving it. On the West Coast, we have to stretch it to about 3 a.m., and have about six more beers.
- According to this Web site, his calculated handicap for a couple of tournaments last year and some this year is plus-8.5. Not bad.
3:55 p.m.: Mat in Charlottesville, Va., checks in with what is by far the most clever e-mail of the close to 1,500 I've received so far this week:
- While everyone knows about the famed Torrey pines that line the course, no one mentions the handful of enormous eucalyptus -- a tree originally indigenous to Australia -- found throughout the grounds. If Stuart Appleby were to go on to win and Tiger can't catch him, perhaps we can blame Leyland Stanford Sr., who introduced this Australian giant to California in hopes of growing cheap wood for railroad ties. Oh the irony, if Appleby were to defeat Tiger because of a Stanford jinx.
- How is Tiger Woods on pace to shoot 143? If he double-bogeyed every hole he would shoot 107.
- I'm not sure if the folks at the USGA are aware but you can't overstated how AWESOME these late start times are for golf fans on the East Coast. I was able to take my kids swimming this morning, play 18-holes this afternoon (3:15 minute round!!) and I'm back home ready to watch Tiger's entire round into the evening. Just about a perfect day. They should have the Open out west more often.
- The nearby Torrey Pines State Park has a narrow trail down to the beach called Fat Man's Misery Trail. Perhaps you could work that into a comparison for an endomorphic golfer who is struggling and in misery of his own.
- You mention Phil Mickelson in your intro and he takes a quad. It's your intro, for the love of God!! Have you no shame?
• Phil Mickelson is indeed carrying driver today. He was striping it on the range and in at least one instance -- on No. 7 -- striped it right down the fairway, too.
• Word is that the confrontation between Adam Scott's caddie, Tony Navarro, and a spectator yesterday happened because the fan was heckling Stuart Appleby on the adjacent 18th hole. (Scott's group was on No. 9. And yes, that's the first time the Tiger/Phil/Adam threesome has been referred to as "Scott's group.") With that, let's get on with the Live Blog. As always, hit me at the e-mail above. Saturday is traditionally the slowest day for the reader input. Prove me wrong. Jason Sobel covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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