The Olympic Hurt
If you watched any of the first day’s play of the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, you know that the Olympic Club Lake Course has not been kind to the world’s best golfers.
And that’s just the way I like it.
From Tiger Woods to world #1 Luke Donald to last year’s U.S. Open champion, Rory McIlroy, virtually every player is struggling with the razor trimmed greens and tight fairways at Olympic.
It’s always fun to watch the seasoned pros get humbled on a golf course: Landing the ball, holding the ball, putting the ball…stopping the ball.
In fact, Olympic played at over 700 over par yesterday, 400 something in just the first 6 holes, which all the pundits had warned about.
Currently, Michael Thompson leads the field at four under, and Tiger Wood is tied for second at one under. But there’s still plenty of golf to be played.
Who I’m keeping my eye on for day two: Tiger, no question. But also former U.S. Open champions GraemeMcDowell, currently at two under for the tournament after 9 holes today, and Jim Furyk, who’s even after 7.
David Toms is also tied at −1, and yesterday’s Jason Bohn is still settled in at even.
I’ll also be keeping an eye on Hunter Mahan (+1 for the tournament, −1 for the day), and Ian Poulter (+1).
Angel Cabrera is only +3, as is Ernie Els and Matt Kuchar, so there’s lots of opportunity left to climb their way back and make the weekend.
As for Tiger Woods’ play yesterday, you could tell he was back in the zone. He played the course, not the other players, and played some gorgeous iron approaches that demonstrated not only his technical prowess, but his savvy at how the greens were accepting (or not) approach shots.
If he plays like that again today, Woods could easily be leading into the weekend.
Regardless, it’s going to be fun to watch.
If you’re an avid fan, be sure to check out some of the useful features of the U.S. Open Web site for “golf’s toughest test.” The live video is carrying coverage today of the Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, and Graeme McDowell threesome, and the “PlayerTracker” allows you to follow and review the play of individual players or groups by hole. I’m just learning my way around that particular course, but thus far, it’s extremely cool.
Finally, don’t forget to keep your eye on the amateur players. California’s 17-year-old Beau Hossler is even for the tournament, and Arizona’s Alberto Sanchez is only four over for the tournament.
It’s going to be one heck of a weekend of championship golf.