by Jeff Skinner
This is a very intriguing leaderboard going into the third round of the US Open Championship. Pebble beach won’t be getting any easier as the USGA tries to identify the world’s best golfer. Graeme McDowell says he knows the course never lets up and he’ll just try to stay to his plan and avoid any big numbers by staying in the fairway and below the hole.
Ernie Els knows how to win an Open. When he won his first he was only 24 but he thinks he is playing well enough to win and that he has a few majors left in him.
Paul Casey was one of the many victims of the treacherous fourteenth green yesterday. I am no golf architect but I think there needs to be a little tweaking to that green. That green is tough enough without having the banks around it shaved to roll-away length. Anyway, we saw a bunch of 8’s and Zach Johnson even carded a 9 on the tough 14th. It is a small miracle and a testament to Casey’s play that he is still in the hunt. If he makes par on the 14th he is tied for the lead. It’s a tough game. It will get tougher today. The US Open always does.