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