Who is Michael Thompson? He’s your round one leader of the 2012 U.S. Open by three shots at -4. Thompson took only 22 putts in round one, which I can safely predict will not happen again. That was his lowest single round putting total since he joined the PGA Tour in 2008. Tiger Woods played very solid as did several players who he is tied with for 2nd place at -1. Thompson and Woods will be going out in the afternoon when scoring conditions may be a little more tough. It will be interesting to see where the chips fall at the end of the day.
Many big names shot some big numbers in day one. The group featuring the top three players in the world in Luke Donald (#1), Rory McIlory (#2) and Lee Westwood (#3) struggled. Astoundingly Donald shot a +9 79 on a setup which should be perfect for his game. McIlory logged a +7 77 while Westwood was more respectable at 73.
Speaking of big names, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson were playing along side Tiger Woods. Both lefties struggled. Mickelson isn’t out of the running, but his 76 will need to be followed by a considerably lower number. Watson seems to be suffering from Masters hangover, firing an eight over 78. Following the round Watson was quoted as saying, “It’s (Olympic Club) a lot better than I am. That golf course is too tough for me.”
Two amazing shots were recorded in round one. First Michael Allen holed out from the right fringe of the fairway on the par-4 14th for an eagle. The most amazing shot of the day goes to Nick Watney. He holed out a 5-iron on the par-5 17th for his 2nd shot and an albatross.
2012 U.S. Open Leaderboard – Round One (more…)
Set your DVR before you head out to work or to golf Thursday! The U.S. Open is finally upon us. Let the carnage begin.
This Open is going to be very interesting. Tiger has won twice this year yes, but I’m curious to see if he will make the cut. I’m still not sure what swing or game he will bring. Same goes with Rory McIlory. He seems to have lost his mojo a bit, perhaps due to the underwear issue.
People are asking who my pick is. Here you go: Jason Dufner.
U.S. Open Television Schedule
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|Fri, June 15
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They’ve done some interesting pairings for the first two rounds of the Open, namely the big pairing of Mickelson, Woods and Bubba Watson. The gallery for that pairing will be INSANE. Strangely, the group will be teeing off on the NINTH tee at 7:33 a.m. PDT in the first round. Yes you read right, the ninth tee. The next day they tee off on the first tee at 1:18 p.m. For logistical reasons they’re starting groups off the ninth because it is closer to the clubhouse.
After the stink at the Memorial where Phil withdrew and Bubba missed the cut there was a lot of talk from the players about how obnoxious the camera phones had been in the gallery. There are no worries for that at the U.S. Open because this is not a PGA Tour event. This is a USGA event and cell phones/cameras are not allowed for the spectators.
Have any predictions for the pairing? Who will shoot the lowest score? Who will complain the most?
Today’s post is part two of my Look Back At 2011. Part One – Pro Golf, covered the first six months of 2011, ending with Rory McIlory’s fantastic win at the U.S. OPEN. Today we start from July 2011, pass through the Tiger Woods hot dog incident and finish out the year.
In July the Nationwide Tour was in my back yard at the Utah Championship. I watched soon to be NWT player of the year J.J. Killeen win in a tight battle with Jeff Gove. I also followed around a few future PGA Tour stars like Bud Cauley.
In July it became official that Steve Williams was no longer Tiger Woods’s caddie.
In a puzzling move, the LPGA added a “5th” major. What’s next?
The 2011 (British) Open Championship was an all time historic tournament. Darren Clarke was possessed. He was SO consistent and calm. He finally got that major win, the Open. The one he wanted most. Congrats to Darren.
Keegan Bradley wins 2011 PGA Championship
Dustin Johnson won the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs with a -19 score at the Barclays. Donald Ross courses are just too easy anymore. Too short. The tournament was too short too, cut short by hurricane Irene.
J.B. Holmes underwent successful brain surgery. Glad he’s okay.
Despite complaints about the course and the endless low testosterone ads, the PGA Championship was terrific. Keegan Bradley locked up PGA Tour rookie of the year with his 2nd win of the season and his first major win. That’s one major win in one start for those scoring at home. Bradley wore the same exact outfit on Sunday that he did when he won his first tournament at the Byron. Wonder if he’ll wear that every Sunday… (more…)
There were many newsworthy items in the 2011 golf world and obviously I can’t mention all of them. But here are a few which stand out in my mind, with relevant links to the original HOG posts. Part One of my look back at the golf world of 2011 covers professional golf, January to June. Part two, tomorrow, covers July to December.
2011 was a year of parity. No player won more than two times on the PGA Tour in 2011.
The official world golf rankings were about as volatile as John Daly in a Hooters. The #1 golfer in the world position seemed like a hot potato, switching from Lee Westwood to Martin Kaymer to Lee Westwood to Luke Donald.
Feherty joins Golf Channel
Ben Crenshaw recorded a 59, his 59th birthday.
David Feherty joined Golf Channel.
Camillo Villegas signed with TaylorMade. Later he was disqualified at the Tournament of Champions.
Tiger Woods begins his free fall from the top of the world golf rankings.
Rookie Vegas wins Bob Hope in 3-way playoff.
The billion dollar Tiger Woods golf project in Dubai is scrapped – Abandoned Dunes.
People freak over Bubba's $525,000 watch
Martin Kaymer moves to #1 in the world, Luke Donald #2.
People freak out because Bubba Watson wears a $525K watch which was loaned to him by watch sponsor.
The PGA Tour allows mobile devices at their tournaments.
Tiger Woods “spit gate” in Dubai. Later Tiger apologizes via Twitter.
Sandra Gal records first LPGA win
Tiger Woods puts his yacht “Privacy” up for sale for $20 million. My attempts to get 20 million people to each chip in $1 and buy it with me fail.
Mega hot LPGA player Sandra Gal wins first LPGA tournament.
During a time when Tiger Woods’s swing was not working well, the Tiger Woods golf swing app is released.
I interview Fred Funk. What a cool cat.
Team Lake Nona wins the Tavistock Cup.
Japan earthquake and tsunami rocks the world. (more…)