Friday, June 15, 2012

Big Names Miss the Cut while a 17 Year Old Amateur is Tied for 11th

The cutline today was high at +8 which is due to the tough playing course. In most cases if you are on the cutline, you have little to no chance. That isn't going to be the case this weekend. These scores are tightly bunched together and we all know that anything can anyone. The majority of golfers ended up having rounds above par, and that isn't bad at this course.

I really liked Jim Furyk's play today. He made a putt well off the green, and nearly holed one on the 15th as well. Overall, he had a confident looking round. Tiger played well also. He shot an even par while Furyk was -1. Tiger had a few awkward shots all around the bunkers. On the 18th he had a terrifying lie in the bunker where the ball was close to the lip, and the lip was a good 4 feet above the ball. Tiger managed to get it up and save par. Furyk and Woods will be playing together Saturday.

I was happy to see some veteran golfers such as Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, and especially Retief Goosen will be around for the weekend. Goosen finished strong with 3 birdies. It is nice to know that those who have paid their dues to this game for many years will still have a chance to finish off the US Open. A lot of the world's top such as McIlroy and Donald won't be around for the weekend which is disapointing to most.

The real story today was Beau Hossler, a 17 year old amateur from Texas who I at first mistook for Davis Love III (the visor and striped polo and impressive play). He looked great from the 9th-1st (some started on the 9th hole) and even took the lead at one point at -2. Somewhere during the back 9, his fairway shot bounced off the flagstick, and chipped one in on the about precision. This kid can play. Hossler shot even par the 1st round, but shot a +3 which is still solid. As I said, he played excellent for the first half, but he ran out of gas midway through. Even though the front 9 was swamped with bogeys and worse, he still played confidently and seemed fairly calm throughout. Hossler had some great shots including great drives, a chip in, and a bold shot from far off the fairway through the trees. I look forward to him in the weekend and I would like to see him break some records. The real question is: will Hossler be able to hold up for the weekend?

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