Going inside the numbers at men's U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson struggled on the 16th hole during the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Phil Mickelson struggled on the 16th hole during the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. ( Getty Images )

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A little of this, a dash of that as we take a look at some numbers from four days at Pinehurst No. 2:

• Phil Mickelson struggled at the 16th hole, which ranked second-toughest (4.341). He went 3 over there.

• Kevin Tway and Bo Van Pelt were 4 over at 16.

• The 16th, however, wasn’t much of a mystery to Billy Hurley III and Alex Cejka, each of whom went 2 under.

• Dustin Johnson was the only player in the field to birdie the par-5 10th all four days. He could have sold one of 'em to a short list of standouts – Adam Scott, Jason Day, Kevin Na, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, Gary Woodland and Haas among them – who failed to birdie that hole even once.

• Hopefully Toru Taniguchi didn’t spend much to get into the skins pool for the weekend, because he played 36 holes without making a birdie.

• Kevin Stadler and Ryan Moore made the cut at 5-over 145 despite making just two birdies each in the first two rounds.

• Qualifier Nicholas Lindheim hit a lot of home runs (No. 1 in driving distance), but even more foul balls (67th and last in fairways hit).

• One of the few scoring chances came at the par-5 fifth, and a fivesome of names played it best, at 4 under: Martin Kaymer, Erik Compton, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Na and Justin Rose.

• Henrik Stenson was 2 under on the four par 3s.

• The only holes on which no one made a dreaded “other” were Nos. 4 and 13.

• We mentioned that Fowler went 4 under on the fifth. However, he gave 'em all back at the par-3 ninth, going 4 over.

• Hurley was 5 over at the ninth.

• The ninth proved nice to Keegan Bradley, Seung-Yul Noh, Louis Oosthuizen and Molinari, each 2 under.

• So much for this “putt for dough” mantra. Leonard ranked first in putting, 59th on the scoreboard.

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