Friday, June 15, 2012
Tiger Woods, David Toms, and Jim Furyk share the halfway lead at U.S. Open
The trio of leaders all seemed exhausted following their 2nd rounds today in San Francisco, as the demanding layout, lightning fast greens, rock hard fairways and a little wind tested the nerves and patience of the field. The world's #1 player Luke Donald and #2 Rory McIlroy both missed the cut. Scoring average was a robust 5 over par for each of the opening two rounds and the cut came at plus 7... allowing Phil Mickelson to play on the weekend thanks to a final hole birdie. All the leaders expect even par to be good enough to win, and expect conditions to get tougher with the expected warmer temperatures...especially if the USGA decides not to water the greens with tougher pin placements for the weekend. The day had other surprises, the most sensational being 17 year old high school student Beau Hossler actually getting to minus two and the lead. The Texas bound Mission Viejo teenager stumbled a bit but righted the ship to tied for 9th place at 3 over par. Opening round leader Michael Thompson got off to a rocky start but finished strong finishing at plus 1 along with 2010 Open winner at Pebble Graeme McDowell and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, and Texan John Peterson..all two behind the trio of leaders.