Thursday, June 14, 2007

Early impressions from first round of U.S. Open

- The course at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club is as tough as advertised. Arron Oberholser started on the par-4 10th hole, hit the green in regulation and then four-putted. Nice way to spoil your breakfast.

- Sergio Garcia is about to be 0-for-32 in majors. He shot 7-over par 42 on his first nine holes.

- It’s hard to imagine better scoring conditions than this morning. There was plenty of rain last night to soften the course and it’s been cloudy and cool with a little breeze so far. So, yes, over par is going to win this tournament.

- You have to see the hole location on the 18th green to really appreciate it. It’s cut in a small valley on the right side of the green, essentially between two small mountains.

-Zach Johnson had a 60-footer that – and this is no exaggeration – he aimed at least 20 feet left of the hole and 10 feet past the hole. He then watched his ball roll up a slope behind the hole and then gradually slide back down the hill toward the cup. Not close enough. He still three-putted.

- Phil Mickelson is getting minute-by-minute attention because of his injured wrist. He hit practice balls earlier in the day and apparently couldn’t handle hitting a driver. At least that was the word circulating around the course.

Ron Green Jr.