US Open 2011 Round 2 Thoughts

A few thoughts about the second round of the 2011 US Open at Congressional

  • With Rory McIlroy at -11—six shots ahead of YE Yang and nine shots clear of a pile at -2—is there any suspense left for the weekend? I think all we can do is watch to see if there’s an implosion. And an implosion is the only thing that would make this interesting.
  • Remember, however, that YE Yang was six shots behind Tiger in the final round of the PGA at Hazeltine and managed to pull it out.
  • Before he hit that ball into the water on the last hole, Rory had achieved the mark of being the only player in US Open history to reach thirteen under.
  • I don’t think Phil is ever going to win a US Open. That’s really too bad.
  • I wonder if the suits at the USGA are upset that McIlroy is making a mockery of their “tough” setup. And I wonder if it won’t prompt them to try to McIlroy proof the tees and pin locations for Saturday. Of course, everyone else will suffer equally … but at least par will be preserved!
  • Lots of big names failed to make the four-over cut, including: , Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Nick Watney, Ian Poulter, David Toms, Camilo Villegas and K.J. Choi
  • I liked the marquee group coverage provided by DirectTv. It was fun to follow Phil and Rory. Dustin not so much. He was surly.
  • Amateur Patrick Cantlay shot a 67 in the second round. The UCLA freshman double-bogeyed his sixth, then reeled off six birdies without a bogey over the final 14 holes. He’s even par after two.
  • Sergio is looking a bit like his old self.
  • World Number One Luke Donald, Number Two Lee Westwood and Number Three Martin Kaymer all managed to make the cut. They shot 72, 68 and 70, respectively. Donald is at +4, just squeezing under the line. Not the greatest showing for that trio.

2 thoughts on “US Open 2011 Round 2 Thoughts”

  1. I truly hope there is no implosion.  If Rory is to lose, I hope it is by playing another 35 holes at par, and perhaps a bogey or double bogey, and then have Yang come up from behind.  I would rather see Yang just have two more Thursdays and Rory have a still excetional for the US Open two days of pars.

    It is interesting to see what Snedeker said about McIllroy.  (That as a fan he wants to see Rory run away with it, but as a competitor of course he wants to win.  Also that Rory has more talent in his fingertips than he has in his whole body)

  2. I really hope Rory goes all the way here and finishes the job. It would be great to see him erase the memories of the US Masters and put all the doubters to rest.


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