- Oakmont is a fantastic course in the sunshine. What a contrast to the TPC crap we see most weeks on the PGA Tour.
- Seems to me there’s not a lot of traffic on that stretch of Interstate.
- By the way, other than some of the commentary, the broadcast hasn’t been too annoying. Those green graphics showing roll were annoying, but they don’t seem to use them very often.
- I like overhead shots from the blimp. Too bad they feel the need to cover them up almost immediately with a bunch of useless graphics crap.
- I’m not sure I care about the swing speed/launch angle stats. I can kind of figure out on my own the physics of why Dustin Johnson hits the ball farther than Zach Johnson.
- The combination of the course, the late finish, the sunny day, and compelling competition made this evening’s coverage a true joy.
Who would I like to see win among those near the top?
- Westwood (could swap 2 and 3)
Don’t forget to read Mr. Elling’s articles at Bleacher Report.
Early Afternoon Update:
- I’m for Landry or Lowry among the contenders, although it would be fun if Justin Thomas moved into Sunday contention.
- I called it: “Branden Grace and Graeme McDowell are T-35, but [will] move up to T-25, I’d estimate — without swinging a club.” They currently sit at T-28.
- Prediction: Never again will we see Jordan and Rory on the same time of the draw in a major.
- By the way, have you even once heard Fox Sports refer to the good and bad side of the draw? Is that taboo or something?
- Most Overrated Player: Rickie Fowler. (Sorry, couldn’t resist. I may need to give him another tough-love lecture.)
- DJ, Westwood, or Sergio?
- Kudos to Rory and Spieth for dressing distinctively, so that I immediately recognized them after camera changes.
- Andrew “Coach” Landry tied for the lead after two rounds. Wait, I mean after one round. No, that’s not right. Let’s call it after one-and-one-half rounds.
- Weather Problems — televised golf’s worst nightmare.
- Bubba wouldn’t make for a bad winner. He is the most fascinating golfer of the post-Nicklaus era. Larger-than-life game, larger-than-life psychological makeup. The conventional wisdom is that his game/attitude isn’t suited for a U.S. Open, but the guy won at Riviera, so he’s a shotmaker.
- Is Scottie Scheffler the next Jordan Spieth? The 19-year-old amateur is sitting T-7.
- Branden Grace and Graeme McDowell are T-35, but T-10 among those who have completed two rounds. They’ll move up to T-25, I’d estimate — without swinging a club.
- Look who’s sitting T-29, with two rounds completed: Justin Thomas.
- Matt FitzPatrick Rodgers sit at T-35, with only one round played.