Hayes makes first Bethpage birdie

Thursday, June 18, 2009

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Your first birdie of the 2009 U.S. Open was made by J.P. Hayes., the first player off the 10th tee. It’s an impressive birdie, considering No. 10 is a 478-yard par-4 that is playing even longer because of wet conditions.

It’s a better start to back-nine play than the ‘02 Open, which was the first time the U.S. Golf Association used a split-tee start. Dudley Hart, the first man to start a U.S. Open on the 10th hole, was the first of many players that day that couldn’t reach the fairway.

Oklahoma State junior Rickie Fowler had the honors of hitting the first shot of No. 1. He hit it well left of the first fairway, but managed to make par.

– Sean Martin

Posted June 18

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