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US Open Final Round

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Well the 109th US Open is finally in the books. Congratulations to Lucas Glover whose final round 3 over par 73 was good enough for a total of 276 and a 2 stroke win. At T2 it was Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes all at 278. Phil made a run and was in contention for a playoff but bogeys at 15 and 17 ruined his day. Still a valiant effort considering all the stress he has been under these past few weeks. Ross Fisher was alone in 5th place with a score of 279. In the T6 spot was Tiger Woods, Soren Hansen and Hunter Mahan all at even par 280. Henrik Stensen took the 9th spot with a 281. And rounding out the top ten at T10 it was Rory McIlroy, Matt Bettencourt, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore, Stephen Ames and Mike Weir at 282.

J.B. Holmes was the Driving Distance leader at a 4 day average of 303.5 yards. Francesco Molinari led the field in Driving Accuracy with a 4 day average of 85.71%. Ross Fisher led in Greens In Regulation with a 4 day average of 76.39%. In Sand Saves France’s Thomas Levet was 100%, but he only found the sand twice, I felt the more impressive stat was Ross Fisher who found the sand 9 times and saved it 8 for a 4 day total of 88.89%. Course the idea is not to find the sand at all so people can argue over that one at the local watering hole. Birdie leader was David Duval with 19, followed closely by Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan with 17. There were 8 eagles scored this year, one each by Ricky Barnes, Phil Mickelson, Ross Fisher, Vijay Singh, Kevin Sutherland, Gary Woodland, Gonzalo Fernando-Castano and Simon Dyson.

US Open Round 3

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

At the end of round 3 Ricky Barnes held onto to a 1 shot lead over Lucas Glover. At one point he was 11 under par but he had a rather up and down rough round and ended with a bogey at 18.

All things considered it was a relatively quiet day, more about players having a bad day than anyone player standing out as having a good day. Phil shot a 1 under par to put himself into position and Tiger shot a 2 under par to move up a little.

Round 4 started as soon as possible after round 3 was completed and the weather forecast has called for the rain to diminish for the Monday finish. As of this writing some of the players have finished round 4 and the leaders have made the turn. Ricky Barnes is having a rough day today so far but he still has a lot of golf left so he could yet turn it back around. Lucas Glover is the current leader; Phil has moved into T2 with Mahan and Barnes and is 2 shots back. Tiger has moved into the T7 slot but only has a couple holes left to play.

US Open Round 2

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Congratulations to Ricky Barnes who has the lowest 36 hole score on record for the 109 years of the US Open. Some are now calling the course a pushover, I would beg differ and believe that Mr. Barnes has earned his place in history, he is there in the books now regardless. He shot 67/65 for a 132.

Alone in 2nd place is Lucas Glover 1 shot back shooting 69/64 for a 133, and also alone in 3rd is Mike Weir shooting 64/70 for a 134. The trio of Peter Hansen, David Duval and Azuma Yana are T4 with 137’s to their credit. Five players are T7 to round out the top 10; those are Lee Westwood, Todd Hamilton, Ross Fisher, Sean O’Hair and Nick Taylor who are all at 138.

Phil Mickelson is at even par T12, Tiger Woods is T34 at +3; the cut fell at +4 and includes exactly 60 players. Normally it is the low 60 and ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead, but due to Ricky Barnes tremendous play it just turned out that exactly 60 players made the cut. Some of the big names left out are Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els, David Toms, Matt Kuchar, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Boo Weekley, Nick Watney and Zach Johnson. Freddy Funk who nearly withdrew from this year’s competition due to pain in his surgically repaired right knee birdied the final hole to make the cut on the number.

Tournament officials seem to be doing everything in their power to end the tournament on Sunday with a 7:30 start and all but 21 have players have at least started the 3rd round. They will be playing from the front nine and the back nine at the same time. So if the weather cooperates they should be able to finish.

Stat leaders who survived the cut: Driving Distance Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero are tied at exactly 300 yards, 5 players are at 100% in Driving Accuracy those being Molinari, Mahan, Choi, Mayfair & Mclardy, and 6 players are at 100% in GIR those being Stricker, Goosen, Mahan, Holmes, Cabrera and Mayfair. Of course those are incomplete as some players haven’t started their 3rd round and Choi for instance has only played 1 hole in the 3rd but he is officially listed at 100% in driving accuracy.

Sources:, NBC Sports, The Golf Channel

Play Suspended at US Open

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

After 3 hours and 15 minutes play was suspended at the 109th US Open. 78 players made it onto the course, none made it past 11 holes.

On an already soaked course, with steady rains and torrents of water running through the fairways it became apparent to USGA officials the course was unplayable. Play will resume Friday weather permitting.

2009 U.S. Open

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Bethpage State Park – Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.

The U.S. Open-the second major of the 2009 season.
About the course:
Original architect A.W. Tillinghast (1936)
Par value is 71
Hosted 2 tour events including 2009
Yardage 7,426 in 2009, in 2002 played 7,214
Grass – Ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough, greens)
Course record 66 Nick Faldo 2002 3rd round
Aces 3, one each on 3, 14 & 17
The most difficult hole in 2002 was the 15th the scoring average was more than a half stroke over par at 4.599. It is now a 389-yard par 4. In 2002 scoring was as follows: 0 eagles, 28 birdies, 188 pars, 185 bogeys, 44 double bogeys, 9 others
The easiest hole was the 14th the scoring average was slightly under par at 2.905. It is a 161-yard par 3 with severe bunkering around the front of the elevated green. In 2002 scoring was as follows: 1 eagle, 99 birdies, 302 pars, 46 bogeys, 6 double bogeys and 0 others

Course origins Bethpage State Park is a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses including the world-renowned Black Course, which was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and again will host the U.S. Open in 2009.
Bethpage State Park was developed from an estate owned by the Yoakum family and other properties. The Yoakum family leased their estate to the Lenox Hills Corporation, which subsequently used the property to build the Lenox Hills Country Club. In the early 1930s, the Bethpage Park Authority purchased the Lenox Hills Country Club and other adjacent properties to build what we now know as Bethpage State Park.
Famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses (Black, Red and Blue) as well as modify the Lenox Hills Course, which became the Green Course. Due to the increased demand for golf, the Yellow Course designed by Alfred Tull was opened in 1958. Approximately 300,000 rounds are played annually on the five courses at Bethpage, all of which start from the Clubhouse area. —Source: New York State Parks

Tournament history: The U.S. Open began in 1895, has been played every year with the exception of the war years of 1917, 1918, 1942, 1943, 1944, & 1945.

Inside the field: U.S. Open
As you might imagine the best golfers in the world will be competing in the second major of 2009. Trevor Immelman, Robert Karlsson, Dudley Hart and Shingo Katayama have withdrawn from competition. The top ten players in the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA Tour Money List and Fed-Ex Cup point standings are all entered. These include: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Henrik Stenson, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair, Brian Gay, Nick Watney, and Zach Johnson. Note: only 14 names because most of these players are in each category, i.e. TW is 1 in OWGR, 4 in PGA Tour Money list and 5 in Fed-Ex Cup points. Phil Mickelson 2 in OWGR, 3 in PGA Tour Money list and 7 in Fed-Ex Cup standings. 2009 tournament winners not in the top 10’s but entered in the tournament are Dustin Johnson, Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera, and Rory Sabbatini. Past winners of the U.S. Open not previously listed but entered in the tournament are Michael Campbell and Ernie Els. Major winners entered in the tournament but not previously listed are Padraig Harrington, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Todd Hamilton, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, David Toms and Mike Weir. International Players, listed by country but not previously listed that are entered in the tournament are Argentina’s Andres Romero and Eduardo Romero, Australia’s Steve Allan, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Matt Jones, James Nitties, Rod Pampling, Adam Scott and Michael Sim, Canada’s Stephen Ames, Andrew Parr, and Nick Taylor, Columbia’s Camilo Villegas, Denmark’s Soren Hansen and Soren Kjedlsen, England’s Richard Bland, David Horsey, Luke Donald, Simon Dyson, Ross Fisher, Simon Khan, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Oliver Wilson, France’s Jean-François Lucquin, Raphael Jaceulin, and Thomas Levet, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, Japan’s Shintaro Kai, Ryuji Imada, Azuma Yano, Kaname Yokoo, Korea’s KJ Choi, Charlie Wi, Sang-moon Bae, New Zealand’s Douglas Batty and David Smail, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy, Philippines Angelo Que, Scotland Martin Laird, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark and Andrew McLardy, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Manuel Lara and Alvaro Quiros, Sweden’s Johan Edfor, Peter Hannson, and Carl Pettersson, Amateurs Tyson Alexander, Clark Klaasen, Ben Martin, Matt Nagy, Vaughn Snyder, Kyle Stanley, Josh Brock, Rickei Fowler, Drew Kittleson, Bronson Burgoon, Cameron Tringale, Drew Weaver and Kyle Peterman. American’s Ryan Moore, James Kamte, JB Holmes, Hunter Mahan, John Merrick, Chris Stroud, Nathan Tyler, Peter Tomasulo, Shawn Stefani, Michael Welch, Kevin Sutherland, Greg Kraft, Ken Duke, Jeff Brehaut, Craig Bowden, Rocco Mediate, Billy Mayfair, Fred Funk, JP Hayes, Ricky Barnes, Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim, Lucas Glover, John Mallinger, Courtland Lowe, Charlie Beljam, Trevor Murphy, Kevin Silva, Ryan Blaum and Colby Beckstrum. My apologies if I’ve inadvertently left anyone off the list. The Amateurs and American’s in particular as I was unable to find a specific list for either category.
Tiger Woods has a rare opportunity to not only be defending U.S. Open Champion but he is the only player to have won a U.S. Open at Bethpage Black as well. So not only can he defend his crown but the venue as well. Not sure if that has ever been done before? U.S. Opens are particularly difficult to predict, not that any professional tournament is, but an unknown can always come out of the pack. Who could ever forget the 1913 cinderella story of Francis Ouimet who as an amateur defeated British favorites Harry Vardin and Ted Ray.
Sources: New York State Parks