Retief Goosen seems to be some kind of US Open freak of nature. He’s like a machine specially designed to excel in US Open conditions. He must have a tiny bit of extra control of the golf ball that helps him hit his shots exactly where he needs to and make those 7 foot par putts the other pros gag on. He’s also extremely mentally tough.
Retief is tied with Olin Browne & Jason Gore (Jason who?) at -2. Day one had 9 players under par. Day 2 that number has dwindled to 5. After tomorrow, probably 1 or 2. Sunday zilch. Sticking true to my initial predictions, Browne and Gore will be long gone come Sunday.
The Big 5
Vijay and Tiger are right there in the mix at even and +1 respectively. Els is a ways back at +6. For Phil, please refer to “the meltdown department” below.
The meltdown department
In the meltdown category we have Phil Mickelson who shot 7 over for the day but still made the cut (cut=+8). David Toms had the lead at -3 but had a serious meltdown on 17 & 18 when he went double – triple. Chris DiMarco did his best puffer fish imitation today with an 82. Paul Casey had the worst first round and bailed (he must have been injured) :-).
Notables who missed the cut:
Curtis, DiMarco, Haas, Stuart Appleby, Duval, Lehman, Harrington.
Goosen takes 3 shot lead into final round