REARDON: Friday’s U.S. Open Notebook
SAN FRANCISCO (KMOX) —
St Louis Blues
St. Louis’ lone entry in the field at the US Open, Scott Langley, faces an uphill battle to get to the weekend at Olympic. Langley, who led the first group out on the first nine, picked up a triple bogey seven at the second hole and finished the day with a six over 76. Making Langley’s hill even steeper is the fact that this week the USGA dropped the rule that allowed all players within ten of the lead to survive the cut. Langley’s 76 is exactly ten shots behind first round leader Michael Thompson.
Take That Louis
Almost forgotten in Bubba Watson’s miraculous playoff win at the Masters was the double eagle by runner-up Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole on Sunday. The roars at Augusta were louder, and the significance was greater, but Nick Watney tossed in a five iron from 190 yards at the 522 yard par five 17th at Olympic for his ‘albatross.’ Watney went on to finish with a one under 69, tied for second. (On a personal note it is disturbing to discover that something has been done for the third time in history and you were on hand for all three.)
One of the special pairings for the opening rounds of the US Open featured the top three players in the World Golf Rankings – Rory McElroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. Somebody might want to reboot the computer. The trio shot a collective nineteen over par with only Westwood at 73 likely to make the cut.
Going into play at the US Open much was made about the difficulty of the first six holes at Olympic. Through round one they didn’t disappoint. Only the fourth hole was ranked out of the top six with the 670 yard par 5 16th ranking second.