U.S. Open tracker: Day 2 at Chambers Bay

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2015, 1:30 pm

The 115th U.S. Open takes place this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's second major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional U.S. Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. And click here for "Live From" air times. All-times for the U.S. Open tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). If you want to check out all the action we tracked on Day 1, you can find that here.


11:13PM: That's a wrap on Day 2. Pretty nice leaderboard heading into the weekend. We'll be back tomorrow with more updates.


11:01PM: McIlroy's colorful card:The world No. 1 went from contender to pretender very quickly.


10:49PM: DJ closes with two bogeys, and it's looking like Reed-Spieth in Saturday's final pairing.


10:37PM: Reed birdies No. 16 to move one ahead of DJ and Spieth.


10:27PM: DJ and Reed make bogeys, and they are now tied with Spieth for the lead at 5 under par.


10:21PM: Not a good day for Mickelson, but he should be around for the weekend.


10:14PM: Some big names are hanging around contention at one over par


10:07PM: ICYMI: Chris Kirk has the lead for Shot of the Day.


10:01PM: Video replay: Here's Reed's eagle on the par-4 12th.


9:51PM: DJ bogeys 14, but Reed follows up with a bogey on 13 and they're still tied at six under par.


9:48PM: Every WDs


9:33PM: Reed rebounds quickly with a birdie on 11 and an eagle on the par-4 12th to tie DJ for the lead.


9:19PM: Mickelson bogeys 6, his 15th, and is now at 3 over par, and in danger of missing the cut (now at 4 over). Meanwhile, McIlroy eagles par-4 12th to get back to one over.


9:03PM: Reed is heading in the wrong direction with three bogeys in his last four holes.


8:54PM: Dustin Johnson birdies No. 11 to build a two-shot lead over Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.


8:43PM: Whomever finishes with the lead today has some recent history on their side.


8:30PM: As Henrik Stenson birdies to get back to 4 under, other big names are floundering. Phil Mickelson is at 2 over (3 over for the day) and Rory McIlroy is at 3 over (1 over on the day).


8:25PM: Another change at the top. Patrick Reed two-putts for birdie at the par-5 eighth to tie Dustin Johnson at 6 under.


8:22PM: Here's a snapshot of the leaderboard at the moment.


8:18PM: Make sure to watch "Live From the U.S. Open" at 11 p.m. ET for more on Jason Day.


8:12PM: And just like that, a two-shot lead is down to one. Dustin Johnson misses a 5-foot par putt at the ninth to drop to 6 under (1-under 34 on the front nine).


8:09PM: As for others in the afternoon wave, only Henrik Stenson (3 under) is within five shots of Dustin Johnson right now. Everyone else at 2 under or better is done for the day.


7:55PM: Two-shot swing on two separate holes. Dustin Johnson birdies the eighth while Patrick Reed bogeys the seventh. Johnson jumps to 7 under; Reed drops to 5 under. Two-shot lead for DJ.


7:44PM: Rex Hoggard writes that Tiger Woods vows to keep fighting after missing his second career U.S. Open cut. Click here to check it out.


7:35PM: Dustin Johnson regains a share of the lead after a 2-foot birdie at the seventh hole. He and Patrick Reed at knotted at 6 under.


7:25PM: Anyone seen Matt Kuchar? Gotta look down the leaderboard. After an opening 68, he's 5 over through seven holes today.


7:14PM: Back-to-back bogeys for Henrik Stenson and he's three off the pace now, at 3 under.


7:12PM: Phil Mickelson makes his third bogey of the day on the par-4 18th, his ninth hole, and turns in 3-over 38. He's 2 over for the tournament.


7:08PM: Lee Westwood played this morning and is 2 over through two rounds. He seems pleased to be done, for the time being.


7:03PM: Check that! Patrick Reed birdies the fourth hole to get to 6 under and take the outright lead over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.


7:02PM: The lead is still at 5 under, but Henrik Stenson isn't among them. He bogeyed the 14th, his fifth hole of the day, to fall to 4 under. Meanwhile, Patrick Reed birdied the second hole to tie for the top spot.


7PM: The projected cut line is currently at 4 over par. There are 90 players on or inside that number at the moment.


6:54PM: Nice bounce back by DJ. Johnson follows a bogey at the third with a birdie at the fourth to regain a share of the lead at 5 under.


6:50PM: Graeme McDowell nearly gets an ace at the par-3 third hole.


6:40PM: Dustin Johnson drops a shot at the third hole to fall out of a share of the lead. He's at 4 under, one back of Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth.


6:35PM: Rex Hoggard reports on Jason Day's physical collapse on his final hole Friday, before closing out an even-par 70. Click here to check it out.


6:30PM: That's a bogey for Rory McIlroy at the third hole. He's back to 2 over the tournament, seven off the lead.


6:22PM: Ryan Lavner reports on Jordan Spieth second round and his candor regarding the par-4 (4, right?) 18th. Click here to check it out.


6:20PM: Rory McIlroy birdies his first hole in the second round to reach 1 over for the event. Here's visual proof:


6:15PM: Phil Mickelson curls in a bogey putt to drop to 1 over for the tournament, 2 over on the day.


6:12PM: Some instant analysis regarding Jordan Spieth's second-round 67.


6:04PM: Slow start to Phil Mickelson's second round. He bogeyed his first hole and has three pars since. Even par for the event and five off the lead.


5:50PM: How good has Jordan Spieth been at the majors this year?


5:37PM: With half the day in the books, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is on the course, but he's got a lot of work to do to get in contention for his second U.S. Open title.


5:26PM: Hey U.S. Open leader Jordan Spieth ... tell us how you really feel:


5:22PM: The Dustin Johnson-Adam Scott-Sergio Garcia group is off. No surprise they're all down the middle of the fairway. Also no surprise DJ is the longest.


5:18PM: Woods, who is good friends with Day and was playing in the group behind him, "I played with him at Memorial and we talked about [the vertigo] in depth ... I hope he's OK, I'll call him as soon as I'm done here and see if he's alright."


5:06PM: And Tiger Woods is in the clubhouse after rounds of 80-76. The 14-time major champ now has 14 career missed cuts.


5:01PM: More on Day as he's helped into a van and shuttled away from Chambers Bay.


4:54PM: Suddenly the secondary story, but Day's playing partner Jordan Spieth makes birdie on his last hole of the day to tie for the lead at 5 under.


4:50PM: Day manages to finish the round. Splashes out of the bunker and makes bogey, then kneels back to the ground before being helped off the course. Status for tomorrow is up in the air, but is currently just three back after a even-par 70.


4:40PM: Jason Day has fallen and he can't get up on the ninth hole. Paramedics are on the scene. Has dealt with dizzy spells in the past, including at the Byron Nelson three weeks ago where he withdrew.


4:33PM: And ... Phil Mickelson is off. Pipes a 3-wood down the fairway on 10.


4:16PM: Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about Tiger. Currently sits T-151 (with Fowler) and on the verge of history ... for him.


3:58PM: Poor Webb Simpson ... starting to think that reputation for hitting shanks is going to stick with him.


3:45PM: Moving on up: J.B. Holmes in the clubhouse with the round of the day (66) so far. Currently sits T-10.


3:21PM: Maybe he can fight Brian Harmanny Pacquiao?


3:13PM: When did Jordan Spieth start doing this thing where he looks at the hole on short putts?

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Kidding.


3:05PM: Two new names have ascended to the top of the leaderboard.


3:02PM: Not to pile on, but here are seven images of Tiger Woods falling down on the first hole. He's 2 over today through 12.


2:55PM: Video of the Day hole-out on 1:


2:38PM: Images of Spieth on 18, site of the "dumbest hole [he's] ever played in [his] life":


2:25PM: Spieth bounces back with a birdie at No. 1 to get back to minus-5. A strong response to the double on 18. Brian Campbell, by the way, did not deal well with sharing the Open lead. He's now back to 2 under after a bogey, two pars and a double.


2:20PM: More outstanding commentary from the Spieth-Day-Rose group. Jason threw his club in the air after the make.


2:15PM: Hot take.

Is he talking about the hole - or how he played it?


2:07PM: For the superintendents and budding agronomists following along:


2:01PM: Hard to believe what can happen to a golf game in six years. The 2009 champion Lucas Glover:


1:55PM: And it is a double bogey-6 for Spieth at 18. DJ and Henrik are once again your leaders. Spieth put his ball in the left bunker off the tee, needed four shots to reach the green and then two-putted. His front-nine scorecard:


1:48PM: Where's Tiger? It's worth noting that unlike Thursday night, when viewers got the full breadth of Woods' opening 80, the coverage of his second round has been far less extensive. Woods is 1 over today and about to enter the difficult 18th hole.


1:43PM: So much for the 18th hole proving "friendly." The 617-yard par 5 in Round 1 is a 514-yard par 4 in Round 2. Spieth is in serious trouble on this hole. Three shots have him only in the front bunker. We may be adding to Brandel's "dbl+" count shortly.


1:31PM: Spieth the new outright leader at 6 under. Follows the par save on 16 with a 220-yard 7-iron off the 17th tee and an 8-foot birdie putt. Four birdies and four pars through eight holes.


1:22PM: Just like that, Campbell falls back to 4 under with a bogey at the fourth. Spieth, on the other hand, just pulled off a spectacular up-and-down on the 16th after missing the fairway and finding the back bunker way over the green. Special stuff from the 21-year-old Masters champ. A funny note, the amateur Campbell (22) is the older of the two.


1:18PM: To follow up on the Snedeker tweet regarding the greens, Tim Rosaforte caught up with players on the practice range this morning and the feedback, as you might imagine, was not positive. Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els called the greens the worst he's putted in his major career:

Darren Clarke agreed and more players sounded off here:


1:10PM: Add Jordan Spieth to the list of co-leaders at 5 under. Early cards from Spieth and Campbell:


1:04PM: Mr. Brian Campbell is your new U.S. Open co-leader. Birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 have the Illini standout tied with Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, who tee off in the afternoon. The last amateur to win? Johnny Goodman in 1933.


12:57PM: Your latest take on the Chambers Bay greens comes from Brandt Snedeker, who echoes what Phil Mickelson had to say Thursday about the inconsistency of the speeds from one green to another and - apparently - from the practice area to the course. This, of course, is in addition to the bumpy mix of poa and fescue.


12:53PM: Looking for a restaurant recommendation? First-round scores for the dinner party: Na (E), Matsuyama (E), Simpson (+2). Webb, the 2012 champ, was T-32 in 2013 and T-45 last year.


12:45PM: To add insult to injury (or injury to insult?), Tiger Woods also happened to fall down en route to his opening bogey. In case you missed it:


12:29PM: Only 15 more to go ... and he's right back in this thing.


12:28PM: How will you remember the 115th U.S. Open?


12:25PM: To be fair and balanced ... we just showed you the top of the leaderboard. Now let's take a look at the bottom of the leaderboard, shall we?


12:18PM: Lovemark is in the air ... and climbing the leaderboard in the second round (2 under, T-7):


11:59AM: His caddie's clubs. That's what Sam Saunders (Arnold Palmer's grandson) used to qualify for this year's U.S. Open. And he's playing with them again this week, which helped him to a 2-over 72 in Thursday's opening round. He's on-site at Chambers Bay, warming up for his second-round tee time at 12:12 p.m. ET.


11:54AM: H-Am and eggs ... Amateur Brian Campbell shot 3-under 67 on Thursday. (And eggs just sound good, don't they?) Here's how other successful amateurs have fared in the U.S. Open:


11:50AM: World No. 195 update:


11:39AM: Way to look ... at the bright side.


11:35AM: Here we go ... World No. 2 Jordan Spieth birdied No. 10 (his first hole on Friday) and is now 3 under, two back of Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. On Thursday, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13. #justsayin


11:25AM: Is Tiger Woods done? "If it were anybody else," says John Feinstein, when he's asked about the dismal state of Woods as of late and what he thinks about his future, as told to Kelly Tilghman on "Live From" the U.S. Open.


11:19AM: It's Fri-yay


11:12AM: For those Phil fans out there ... his opening round (1-under 69) was a glass half full, glass half empty sort of scenario.


11:03AM: "He can't be worse." - John Feinstein, on what he expects to see from Tiger Woods on Friday, following his opening 10-over 80 in the first round of the U.S. Open.


10:44AM: Bundle of joy. As cold as she is, Kelly's still sporting a smile.


10:41AM: Tiger sets another record. Just not the kind he might like.


10:37AM: It's not cool, it's cold. That's how Kelly Tilghman described the weather from the "Live From" the U.S. Open set at Chambers Bay.


10:35AM: Hole locations for Friday:


10:21AM: Update on Nos. 1 and 18:


10:14AM: An ace in the hole? If someone were to dunk one at the 12th today, they'd find themselves in the history books:


10:05AM: World No. 2 Jordan Spieth is on-site at Chambers Bay, warming up on the putting green. He goes out at 11:17 a.m. ET off the 10th tee alongside Jason Day and Justin Rose. Also on-site is world No. 195 (doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?) Tiger Woods, who's off the 10th tee at 11:28 a.m. ET alongside Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen.


9:58AM: Leave it to Tweeter Alliss to hit the nail on the head:


9:50AM: Before we get started ... Here's a look at the leaderboard after Thursday:


9:33AM: Tim Rosaforte reported on Friday morning on “Live From” the U.S. Open that USGA executive director Mike Davis said, “In theory (Friday) should be the best scoring day we’re going to see this week at the U.S. Open.”


9:30AM: Guess who's back? Golf Channel's U.S. Open tracker had so much fun bringing you all the action from Thursday's opening round, we decided to do it again.


Day 1 tracker | Tiger's futility clinic | DJ 2.0 leads Round 1 | Players ease into Open


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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.