2005: U.S. Open - Hedblom in bloom
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot the lowest score of the tournament, 4-under 66, in the second round. Not bad for someone who didn’t have his clubs until Tuesday because an airline misplaced them. Even better when you consider he was playing his first PGA Tour event in the United States.
Hedblom, who has won once on the PGA European Tour, finished eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie in European qualifying to get into the field on the number. But he had problems starting out here because his clubs arrived three days after he did.
“It wasn’t the best preparation for your first U.S. Open when you’re looking forward to playing and have no golf clubs,” said Hedblom, who wound up tied for 11th at 8-over 288 (77-66-70-75).
His coach, Gary Gilchrist, called to put some pressure on Continental Airlines. Hedblom finally was reunited with the clubs at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, 40 minutes before a scheduled practice round. On Sunday he had walked around Pinehurst
No. 2 with a sand wedge he got from TaylorMade and a putter. He took Monday off.
Hedblom, 36, tied for seventh at the 1996 British Open, but his career suffered a setback in 2001 when he broke his leg playing hockey.
“I should play in the National Hockey League,” said Hedblom, who is 41st on the European Tour Order of Merit. “That’s where I should be playing. I feel like I’m good enough to play ice hockey.”