On day two of the US Open, the course is winning.
We all knew that it would. The USGA was not going to allow sacred par to be violated by mere mortals.
And mortal they did appear. One by one, the pretenders fell by the wayside. Mickelson imploded, as did Toms. Even the mighty Tiger drew a reprimand from the gods of the USGA for his unseemly outburst of frustration over his play.
There now are just five players under par: Olin Browne, Retief Goosen and Jason Gore are at -2. K.J. Choi and Mark Hensby are at -1.
Michael Campbell, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood all are at even par. There are a host of others at +1. The cut was +8.
Some notables who missed the cut were Padraig Harrington, Chris DiMarco, and Robert Allenby.
Sergio has said that he believes even par will win the tournament by at least a stroke. He could be right.