Day two of the U.S. Open Championship started with a few clouds and a slight drizzle. So, what else is new in the great Pacific Northwest, right? However, the clouds soon parted and made way for another sunshiny day at Chambers Bay.
The story of the day, or for the tournament for that matter, was injuries. Tiger’s feet slipped out from underneath him on the side of the hill on number 10, falling back on his hands. When he got up, he shook his left hand suggesting that it may have hurt a little, but as of this writing, there has been no word on his condition. Tiger ended up missing the cut at +16, however, so he will be able to nurse his wound without having to have it affect his game. Only three players beat him out for last place. Jason Day collapsed on #9; his last hole of the day. He finished out the hole after medics checked him out. He mentioned that he was experiencing vertigo before he fell. He was treated briefly before leaving, and according to sources, is staying in an RV on the property and is determined to continue in the tournament.
The cut-line ended up at +5 courtesy of American amateur Nick Hardy who bogeyed his final hole allowing 15 additional players and 75 total to join the weekend rounds, including Troy Kelley who hails out of nearby Lakewood, as well as Jimmy Gunn. You may remember us featuring Jimmy in GTNW. He is from Royal Dornach, and has a kinship with Circling Raven Golf Course.
Other Local favorites Michael Putnam and Ryan Moore both failed to make the cut at +7 and +9, respectively. When asked about his round, Moore said, “In the end, I just didn’t hit enough golf shots. I played all right on the front today. I shot even, made a couple silly bogeys, but felt like I was controlling the ball decent enough. [Things] just started going the wrong direction on my second nine.”
Other northwest notables, Cheng-Tsung Pan, who recently turned professional after playing for the University of Washington, made the cut at +3 and Troy Kelly of Tacoma squeaked in at +5. Richard Lee of Bellevue and Ashland native Jason Allred all missed the cut line.
Brandon Grace from South Africa carded an eagle and two birdies to make a jump up the leaderboard.
Martin Kymer, defending champion, missed the cut at +6 and Bubba Watson also departed Chambers Bay early at +7.
Dustin Johnson bogeyed #17 and twice found bunkers on the 18th to end up at 4 under. Patrick Reed recorded five birdies and an eagle to move to -5 and tie Jordan Spieth for the lead, who recorded a tidy 67 for the day.
Interestingly enough, along with the firsts that have been cropping up with this tournament, it’s the first time that par has been switched on a hole during a tournament. During the first round, #1 was a Par 4 and #18 was a 617 yard Par 5. In the second round, they added 92 yards to #1 making it a 593 yd. Par 5, and moved the tees forward 103 yards on #18 to 514 yards, making it a Par 4. The change to #1 effectively made the front nine the longest nine holes in the history of a major at 4,020 yards. The total yardage of the course is a whopping 7,695 yards, also the longest in history.
Looking to the future of golf, an impressive six amateurs made the cut led by Brian Campbell at -1.
Looking forward to day three.