A closer look at where the cut fell at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Rumor has it that Round 3 of the U.S. Open is under way, though let’s be honest: With Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Co. hours away from their tee time, it’s more enjoyable right now to reflect upon what took place at the tail end of Friday’s second round.
After all, the battle to make the cut at a major championship is always most compelling.
Some of the highlights of those making the cut at 7-over 149:
• Stewart Cink did it the hard way, making birdie at the demanding par-4 ninth, his 18th hole, to make it on the number.
• Even better, Jason Gore birdied the sixth and ninth – his 33rd and 36th holes – to make it on the number.
• Nationwide Tour member Bobby Gates birdied his final hole, the par-5 18th, to make it on the number.
• Retief Goosen birdied 17 and 18 to finish at 7 over.
• Sergio Garcia birdied two of his last four holes to also make it in on the number.
• Sitting one off the cut, Ryan Moore birdied 14, 15, and 18 to sneak into weekend play.
• Gareth Maybin made the only eagle of the day at 18 to make the cut on the number.
Ah, but for every tale of happiness, there seems to be 10 of anguish. Some of the lowlights regarding the fight to make the cut:
• Jean-Francois Lucquin was 2 over walking off the 13th green. He proceeded to double the 14th, double the 15th, then bogey 16 and 17 to miss the cut by one. Talk about French toast.
• Alvaro Quiros was 4 under on his round, 5 over for the tournament before he finished bogey, bogey, bogey to miss by one.
• Englishmen Ross Fisher and Oliver Wilson can commiserate with one another. Fisher birdied 17 to get to 6 over, then doubled the 18th to finish 8 over. Goodbye. Wilson started his final nine holes at 6 over, but doubled No. 2, then bogeyed Nos. 6 and 7 to also miss by one.
• Gary Woodland was 6 over when he made a quadruple-bogey at his 35th hole, the par-4 eighth, and missed by two.
• Mikko Ilonen was 3 over after the first four holes of his second round, but proceeded to play the next 14 in 7 over to miss by three.
• Brian Gay finished double-bogey, bogey, bogey to miss the cut by two.
• Simon Khan was 5-over through 34 holes when he doubled both 17 and 18 to miss by two.
• Remember way back to Thursday, when John Rollins was 2 under and atop the leaderboard? Well, he made a triple at the par-3 17, a double at the par-5 18th, shooting a second-round 77 to miss by two.
• Amateur Morgan Hoffman finished bogey, double-bogey to miss the cut by one.
• Trevor Immelman bogeyed two of his last three holes to miss by one.
• Then there was the coverboy for this year’s U.S. Open misery, Y.E. Yang. Your reigning PGA Championship winner went out in 34 and was 1-over – not only well within the cut, but a mere four off the lead. Then came a back nine that went thusly: bogey, triple, bogey, bogey, triple, double, bogey, bogey, par – a tidy 49 strokes.
As for notable names who fell outside the cut, there was a healthy list, including Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Paul Goydos, Rory McIlroy, Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan, Rory Sabbatini, and Stephen Ames. For Mahan it was especially surprising, given that he had finished in the top 20 in each of his previous tries at the U.S. Open as a pro.