I’m in the process of watching a Tivo replay of round one of the US Open and thought I’d jot down a few thoughts.
This just might be the year a British player wins it. At the end of the day, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey (the world’s number 8 and 9, respectively) are right there.
Phil’s putting is killing him. I just watched him miss a completely makable putt on the fourth (his 13th, since he started on the back). I think that’s more of a factor than his supposed bad decisions. But at +4, I think he’s already out of the tournament. He’ll make the cut, but I don’t know if he can get into contention.
But Phil is ever-positive, saying that all he needs is an under par round on Friday, since a score over par will be the eventual winner at Pebble Beach.
Eldrick Woods didn’t play any better. Neither he, nor Mickelson, made a birdie. And I’m sick of hearing the announcers talk about Tiger. He’s not going to win this one.
KJ Choi seems to agree with Mickelson’s assessment that even par would win it: “Every day,” he said, “even par is a good situation.”
There’s no magic for Tom Watson here. He won’t make the cut.
Dustin Johnson, winner of the last two Pebble Beach Pro Ams, could add another Pebble Beach title to his resume. I heard a lot of players and analysts say today that the Pro-Am really doesn’t prepare you for the US Open, but Dustin clearly is very comfortable here.
Its late. I’m giving up.
Jim Furyk is looking pretty good. He could be there at the end.
Shaun Micheel might not be a one-hit wonder. But I’m not yet convinced.
Brendon De Jonge?
Rafael Cabrera Bello?