Strange things happen to Dustin Johnson in the latter stages of a Major and he only took two holes to start another weird weekend.
After making a birdie at the 1st, regarded as the hardest opening hole in the US Open, he had just a 6-iron off the tee. Which he then proceeded to hook way left, hit a fan on the bonce before having to retrieve his ball from a hot dog stand. Needless to say he made par.
As is often the way with these things a holed second shot to a sloping green will get the nod over, say, a delicate flop shot with two feet to work with and the greens Stimping at 23.
But Lee Westwood was 130 yards from the pin, had just come off a double bogey and his holed wedge at the 5th, which was judged perfectly with the right-to-left break, rocketed him into a share of the lead. On Thursday he also made a two from the fairway at 14.
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) June 18, 2016
Best Favour For A Mate
Spot the difference? First-round leader Andrew Landry began the week with just the one shirt sponsor and a part beard, he now has some more decorations on his shirt and is clean shaven.
On day one the World No 624 had just one sponsor, Oxford Golf, on his left breast. Now, as a favour for a longtime friend back home in Austin, he has added a Moonshine Sweet Tea patch on his right sleeve.
“We picked them up and patched them up during the day (Friday). He’s always supported me and I wanted to help promote his stuff.”
As for the facial hair his fiancée told him to get rid of it.
You could easily be forgiven for thinking that this award had been retired after Billy Horschel’s continued efforts. But Jason Dufner took the honours on Saturday, by some distance…
Best Shot At A Johnny Miller
Many believe Johnny Miller’s closing 63 in the 1973 US Open might be the best round of golf ever. Different times and it was only round two but step forward Gregory Bourdy, unknown to most of the fans at Oakmont having come through the qualifying at Walton Heath.
The Frenchman did what many great rounds begin with, a bogey, but then birded 5, 6 and 9. He then holed a wedge at the 11th and hit brilliant approaches to 13 and 14. That left him at six under for the day with the short par-4 17th to come.
But he bogeyed 16 and ran out of luck at the last when his second shot looked like being stiff but then dribbled back off the front of the green, and into a divot. Bourdy, in form with three successive top 15s on the European Tour, then whiffed the chip, took six and signed for a 67.
About equalling Miller’s effort he said: “At the end, I could think maybebut I stayed focused and played shot by shot.
“I knew at the beginning of the week, I could do something well. I feel very good about my game the last few weeks, and I really love the difficulty of this course.”
At the start of the week Phil Mickelson insisted there was ‘zero chance’ that he would take on the 17th green. The left-hander, six times a US Open bridesmaid, couldn’t have made his point any clearer, even if he was desperate for a birdie on Sunday afternoon.
“There is no place around that green that is any good, OK?” he said. “So I don’t care how far up the tee box is, I will lay up.”
Are you sure about that?
“I don’t know how to emphasize this any more. There is zero chance I will go for that green.”
Then, approaching the end of his second round, he took out the driver. Standing at seven over he thought he needed a birdie to make the cut (it turned out he was right) and so aimed at the short and right greenside bunker.
He made par and missed out by one, and so the quest goes on.
Amateur Nick Hardy knew he was going to miss the cut so the 20-year-old Illinois sophomore gave his dad, John, an early Father’s Day present as he finally completed his second round.
Hardy Sr caddied the final two holes, both pars, and then took to Twitter to say thank you.
— John Hardy (@hardy6960062) June 18, 2016