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 live blog for Monday's 18-hole playoff with begin at 9 a.m. ET.
Have a question or comment for Sobel? E-mail him at email@example.com.
• Round 2
• Round 3 6:20 p.m.: OK, that's all for today. I've got an early wake-up call tomorrow, so that we can get right back to the Playoff Live Blog. Thanks for the thousands of e-mails so far. Looking forward to even more tomorrow. Like I said, back here at 9 a.m. PT, noon ET. Until then, hit 'em straight ... 6:18 p.m.: E-mail from Matt in Atlanta:
- Tomorrow's playoff brought to you by Advil.
- Does Rocco have a better chance than Jack Fleck did in '55? I say yes.
- We should all be grateful for the opportunity to witness greatness. My goodness. Unbelievable.
- Tiger's putt was the biggest of career, because it was right now. The only thing that matters in sports is now.
- Wow. Honestly, wow.
That was Bird stealing the inbounds pass,
Magic's baby hook,
Dave Roberts stealing second and Gibson's home run all rolled into one.
5:57 p.m.: E-mail from Aaron in Toledo, Ohio:
- So do we get a playoff Live Blog tomorrow?
- Tiger's outfit planner didn't have a Monday outfit on it. I bet he wears red.
- How many people would show up for a Mediate/Westwood playoff?
- I'm starting to get worried for ya. Hate to say it, but I think you might need to call your travel agent.
- When was the last time a sectional qualifier has won a U.S. Open?
- If the impossible occurred and Rocco won, would that get him onto the Ryder Cup team?
- I was saying to my family that he should take the spikes out of the heel in his left shoe to allow the heel to pivot as he comes through on his followthrough. Looks like he came to the same conclusion only in a different way.
- If Tiger wins this, you have to question how much his knee is truely hurting.
Could be a tactical ploy for future majors. Unstoppable when healthy ... has surgery ... plays "hurt" ... still wins ... continues to unnerve and strike fear in any and all competitors that wish to enter the ring at some point in the future. Brilliant strategy if it's true.
- It looks like Tiger has made an adjustment that will lead him to victory. He is lifting up his left heel on impact to relieve the torsional stress on that knee. He has a couple of birdies and a near miss since he has started doing this and I have not seen a significant grimace in a while.
- Three days in a row Tiger's been 3-over on his front nine. He's recovered well the other two days!
- I am working right now in the hospital next door to Torrey Pines, and even the patients are excited by this tournament. As I was standing outside our hospital, along the ninth fairway, someone walked by and snickered, "How much are those seats?" Ten years of med school residency and fellowship, buddy!!
- Geoff Ogilvy Blog Jinx No. 2 today with the bogey on 9.
- Just wondering, but do you think the collective groan grows louder and louder as the reps for the Buick Open and AT&T National grip their seats, eyes squinting, in fear of their cash cow going bye-bye everytime Tiger dips?
- Is Tiger using -- or is he prohibited from using by the Rules of Golf -- any knee brace (like a football lineman) or Ace-bandage-type wrap to alleviate stress on his left knee?
- Overheard someone in the gallery near the fourth fairway say to his wife, "See that guy in the red shirt and black pants? That's Tiger Woods."
- I haven't heard anyone bring this up, which could mean that it is a non-issue, but is there a potential for long term damage to Tiger's knee by putting this much stress on it this early? Asked another way, is he exchanging an Open win but sacrificing future possible victories?
- In case you missed it, Tiger Woods' knee hurts. He had surgery eight weeks ago. Really. But contrary to widespread belief, it wasn't an amputation. While I want Tiger to win and while I think Tiger will have done something rather special to have won, I don't really think this is remotely comparable to playing a contact sport while injured. He isn't Willis Reed.
He's a golfer with a sore knee. It'll be impressive if he wins. A little more impressive than if he were healthy and he won.
I mean, asking Woods to follow up yesterday's two eagles and a chip-in birdie on his final six holes must be akin to having attended a Beethoven concert and watching him play the 5th Symphony prior to the encore. Can he actually improve upon the performance or will we only be left disappointed?
A few other thoughts on Tiger entering his round, which begins in 30 minutes:
As Andy North said on ESPN's TV coverage, Woods' knee will only be a factor if it starts hurting him during impact rather than just afterward. Tiger has the innate ability to "stick with his swing" even when he knows there are repercussions, like potential pain right after the shot. (Remember his shot from behind a tree on No. 11 during the final round of last year's Masters? He shattered the shaft of his 4-iron against the tree, but was able to still make a full swing without thinking about the aftereffects. Not many players can do that.)
Woods hasn't won a U.S. Open title since his father passed away two years ago. Don't underestimate the emotional impact of a win for Earl on Father's Day, while Tiger also celebrates his first as a dad. If that provides him even a little more motivation, it could make all the difference.
Yesterday's round? The most compelling six-hole stretch of Tiger's career. And the greatest round of 70 in the history of golf. If he doesn't seal the deal today, though, it means very little. If Michael Jordan's flu game during the 1997 NBA Finals was followed by a Utah Jazz series win or Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series only served as a precursor to an Oakland A's championship, history wouldn't remember them as such great feats. Same goes for Woods.
With that, let's get going. You know the drill. Click the refresh button like crazy and hit me with e-mails throughout the round at the above address. I'll be here all day ...Jason Sobel covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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