U.S. Open Day #2

June 16, 2007 | Drew Forrester

Notes from Oakmont CC in suburban Pittsburgh, where I’m attending the U.S. Open:

> If there were 50,000 here yesterday, as they’re said, then I’m telling you there have to be 75,000 here today.  This place is absolutely mobbed.

> Tiger tees off in about one minute and from where I’m sitting I can see the throng gathered around the 10th tee, which is where he starts.  There must be at least 5,000 people following him.

> This course is going to be almost unplayable by Sunday if the predicted warm weather-no rain combination stays in the area.  Even though Paul Casey shot 66 (-4) today, NO ONE (else) is shooting anything close to par on day #2.  By Sunday, players will have a tough time keeping the ball in the fairway and when that happens, any kind of score is possible if you’re playing out of the rough.  As for the greens, no rain between now and Sunday will have them blazing fast by the time the leaders go out at 2:45 pm on the final day.  Should be an interesting weekend of golf at what already is one of the toughest courses in America.

> Of all the guys who haven’t even finished round #2 yet, I like Aaron Baddeley’s chances.  He quietly put together a nice round this morning…he’s on #18 tee right now at even-par for the day, +2 for the tournament.  Looks like my pre-tournament pick – Retief Goosen – isn’t going to do much unless he improves over that opening round +6 effort.  Right now, though, I’ll think Baddeley is going to be there come late Sunday afternoon.

Back out to the course.  Tiger will be coming past the Champions Pavilion soon and I want to go be part of “Tiger Fever”.  lol