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The US Open at “Bathpage” Black

With all this rain we’ll call it “Bathpage” Black from now on.

*** Missed it by that much. These guys missed the cut by one stroke. They can look back at these holes and wonder “what if?”

Miguel Angel Jimenez made bogey on #18, his final hole in the second round. He knew he blew it right then. Despite a 77 in round one he had a chance until that missed putt.

David Toms scored a triple bogey six on the par three eighth hole in round two.

Luke Donald carded two sevens in his first round on #11 and #13 and still only missed the cut by one.

*** Major Misses: These major champions said goodbye to Bethpage Black with a bad taste in their mouth.

Padraig Harrington shoots a pair of 76’s to continue his free fall.

Zach Johnson should have had a chance to hang around with his precision game, but 39 on the front nine in round one killed him.

Michael Campbell finishes at +16, is anyone surprised?

Justin Leonard was playing well but 71, 75 weren’t enough to make the cut.

The biggest surprise was Ernie Els. This is his first missed cut in The Open in ten years. Wow!

*** These Hot Shots fell short: World #3 Paul Casey, Nick Watney, Robert Allenby, Justin Rose, and Stuart Appleby.

*** Let’s hear it for the Amateurs!

*** Three amateurs made the cut and one is in contention. Nick Taylor, a Canadian that plays for The University of Washington, shot 73, 65 to land in a tie for seventh. The 65 tied the record for low round by an amateur in the US Open. Drew Weaver, the Virginia Tech Grad that represented his fallen classmates with class when he won the British Amateur, is tied for 34th and was going “old school” on Friday with his argyle sweater vest. Kyle Stanley a junior at Clemson and its best player, is tied for 42nd.  He is playing the third round with ACC rival, Maryland’s former coach Fred Funk. Stanley is 21, Funk is 53, and they’ll both have a ball in round three, guaranteed.

Speaking of Freddy Funk, according to Golf Week, Funk was eating at a restaurant on June 8th after trying to qualify for the Open. He thought his 5 under was not good enough to get in. Turns out he was in a six man playoff, but he was not on site and needed to hustle back to the course in time to tee off in twenty minutes. He made it and won the playoff on the fourth hole.

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