Phil really looked uncomfortable on the course today. He started out flying short irons over pin placements and missing putts on the low side. He used his incredible short game to stay even through 6 holes. Unfortunately, your short game can only save you so often, especially in a US Open. Bogeys on 16, 17 and 18 (his front nine) really set the tone for the rest of his day. He really never got going today and has dug himself a big hole. It is only Thursday and I don’t doubt that Phil will be on the main page of the leader board on Sunday, but he certainly has not made it easy.
The course looks beautiful and difficult – a great combination. There are some big names on the leader board after the morning rounds, Weir, Choi, Poulter, Donald, and Toms – all guys that can win the tournament.
Let’s see how the afternoon squad does today.