Round 2: Notable and Quotable
By Ron Driscoll, USGA
- Ryan Moore, a three-time USGA champion and a four-time winner on the PGA Tour who hails from nearby Puyallup, Wash., missed the 36-hole cut by four strokes with rounds of 75-74: “I would be lying if I said I felt great coming into this week. This course does not set up all that well for me. I hit the ball really low, and it makes you take it in a little more aerial than a lot of the links courses. In the end just didn’t hit good enough golf shots.”
- Eight of the top 11 players after 36 holes at Chambers Bay are from the United States. Many expected that the links-style course would favor players from Great Britain and Ireland. Among the top 11, only Joost Luiten (Netherlands) is from Northern Europe.
- Second-round co-leader Jordan Spieth, 21, is aiming to become the youngest champion of the U.S. Open since Bob Jones in 1923 and is the only player in the top 16 on the leader board to have won a major championship, the 2015 Masters: “I’ll draw some on Augusta, but at the same time my patience level has to be even that much higher. At Augusta I was finding fairways, hitting it on the green and I was making everything. That would be nice if I could do that here, but it's a harder golf course than the Masters played this year.”
- “I’ve had a good start to the season so far. The form has been good. I’ve been playing much better in the States and everything has been building up to something like this.” – Branden Grace, of South Africa, a six-time PGA European Tour winner who is No. 40 in the world.
- “The crowds here this week have just been brilliant. So enthusiastic for the game and you can tell they are delighted to be hosting the event. They were great. This is the best event I've ever played in.” – Jason Palmer, 30, of Great Britain, a PGA European Tour player
- Quotable: “I say if I finish under par this week, I will be with the champagne Sunday night.” – Alexander Levy, 24, of France, who is 1 under through two rounds with 70-69.
- Utah Connection: Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays grew up in Utah and played one another in the 2006 Utah Amateur final, won by Finau. Summerhays’ brother, Boyd, is Finau’s swing coach. Daniel Summerhays was briefly tied for the lead on Friday morning, and the pair ended the day tied for fifth place after two rounds at 3-under 137.
- Ben Martin, the 2009 U.S. Amateur runner-up who is tied for fifth through two rounds, leads the field by hitting 31 of the 36 greens in regulation (86 percent).
- Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, was paired with Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler in the opening two rounds. While the other two players struggled both days, Oosthuizen opened with 77, then notched six birdies in a round of 66 to advance to the weekend.
- Jordan Spieth’s cumulative score (23 under) is the best through the first six major rounds (Masters, U.S. Open) in a season in the modern era. The previous best was Ben Hogan (19 under) in 1953.
- The outward nine at Chambers Bay played to 4,020 yards in the second round. It is the first time that a nine has measured more than 4,000 yards in the U.S. Open. The previous long was 3,905 (inward nine) at Torrey Pines in 2008.
- The 13th hole played at 551 yards and the 11th hole played at 544 yards in the second round, making them the two longest par 4s in U.S. Open history. The previous record lasted just one day, as the 11th hole played at 541 yards in Round One.
Ron Driscoll is the manager of editorial services for the USGA. Email him at email@example.com.