U.S. Open Notes: Saturday Morning Catch-up Day

As a bright, sunny, warm morning falls upon Oakmont Country Club there are massive crowds pouring in to see what transpires with today’s rounds at this historic venue. There are 78 players on the course this morning beginning their second round of golf while Friday’s groups played both there first and second rounds spending nearly 14 hours is warm humid weather yesterday. That group which did not finish, teed off this morning at 7:15 with about 8-10 groups still to finish.

Dustin Johnson is tied for the lead with Andrew Landry, a rookie in majors who got his round in early Thursday with a great opening score of -4. Johnson and Landry will begin Saturday tied for the lead but Landry is yet to play his second round at Oakmont which he began at 7AM this morning with 78 players who had the day off yesterday as the result of weather delays on Thursday. By 1PM today all players will have played 2 rounds and the cut line and tee times will be set for the third round of the 116th U.S. Open. The early cut line looks to be somewhere around 6-7 over par. While Johnson and Landry hold the lead at -4, Lee Westwood is just one back at -3 and Sergio Garcia is just 2 back at -2 with Lawry and Piercy. There is a small group at -1 under just 3 back of the leaders. Half of the top 30 players on the leaderboard have yet to play their second round as of this morning so there will be lots of changes.

Oakmont is set up this morning the same as it was yesterday to match the afternoon second round played by all of Friday’sgroups. We are still in second round play until after 1PM when the USGA will set up the course by moving pins and cutting greens for round three which will begin about 2PM Today.
They will ready crews on finished holes around the golf course to get greens and pins done in just 1 hour, a task which usually takes about 4 hours for the massive maintanence staff at this years open.

Oakmont will be bright sunny weather all day with very little chance of rain. Green speeds are expected to be 14-15 on the stimp meter. Today the greens will finally dry out and many will be lightning fast by mid day and much more difficult to fire at pins. Today’s crowd will be the largest ever at a Open with round 2 finishing and round three beginning.

Dustin Johnson looks hard to beat out there leading in greens in regulation, putting and fairways hit. His seems intent of fighting off the demons who have kept him from his major and this prized jewel of golf, the U.S. Open trophy. Mickelson at day’s end on Friday looked like he will not make the cut.