There are a smattering of low-ish numbers here in the third round -- nine players currently on the course are under par. But others, like Mike Weir, are going the opposite direction. Weir has more bogeys (6) than pars (5) right now and nearly as many double bogeys with three of them through 14 holes. Throw in an eagle from the fairway on the par-4 fourth and it all adds up to Weir being 10 over through 15 holes. That opening-round 70 suddenly seems like a long, long time ago.
Tom Watson, on the other hand, is 3 under through 12 holes with our birdies and just one bogey. The man is simply ageless. Even at 60 years old and 4 over for the week, he’s not entirely out of it just yet. One big reason Watson is hanging around for the weekend: He’s hitting nearly 73 percent of his fairways. He’s also making some putts with a putting average of 1.71. -- Brian Wacker
Did you know that the previous four U.S. Open winners at Pebble Beach also won an AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am?
Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1972 Open here, won the the AT&T in 1967, 1972 and 1973. Tom Watson, the 1982 winner, won the AT&T in 1977 and 1978. Tom Kite, the '92 champ, won the AT&T in 1983, while Tiger Woods ('00) won the AT&T earlier in 2000.
Of the current top 10 only Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson have won an AT&T (1998, 2005 and 2007). - - Melanie Hauser
Tom Watson is one of four Champions Tour members in the field this week -- Fred Funk (4 over through two rounds), Tom Lehman (8 over) and David Frost (3 over; through eight holes today) are the others -- and it looks like he’ll be one of two who will make the cut, so long as it stays at 7 over.
If Watson makes the cut this week, he’ll be the second-oldest to do so at the U.S. Open. Sam Snead was 61 when he finished T29 in 1973. Prior to this week, here’s a look at the oldest players to make the cut at the U.S. Open:
|Sam Snead||61||T29 in 1973|
|Jack Nicklaus||58||T43 in 1998|
|Sam Snead||57||T38 in 1969|
|Dutch Harrison||57||T16 in 1967|
|Jack Nicklaus||57||T52 in 1997|
Keep your fingers crossed. Tom Watson just rolled in a clutch 5-footer for par on the 18th hole to finish off a round of even-71 that just may keep him around for the weekend.
The 60-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer is 7 over for the tournament – which places him 10 strokes behind the leader, Graeme McDowell. The cut is made to the low 60 players and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead.
Watson was extremely solid on Friday in making three birdies and three bogeys. He has hit 20 of 36 greens and 21 of 28 fairways over the first two rounds while taking 63 putts.
The 1982 champion at Pebble Beach was playing with Ryo Ishikawa, who is 18, and 21-year-old Rory McIlroy. Ishikawa is in contention at 1 under while McIlroy will be going home early after shooting 10 over.
Ryo Ishikawa is playing his first U.S. Open in some pretty heady company. He's been paired with the legendary Tom Watson and another up-and-comer like himself in Rory McIlroy.
The 18-year-old from Japan, who graduated from high school last month, is getting the better of both, too. Ishikawa opened with a 70 and has reeled off five pars in the second round. to remain three strokes off the lead.
Conversely, McIlroy, who picked up his first PGA TOUR victory earlier this year at Quail Hollow, is in danger of missing the cut. He shot 75 in the first round and is 1 over through five holes on Friday.
Watson, who won the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, probably won't be around for the weekend, either. He opened with a 78 and is even par in his second round.
Ishikawa was asked Thursday evening if he had learned anything from the 60-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer.
"Yes, his golf is very helpful," the teenager said. "And talking about courses in Japan."
Ishikawa has won seven times on the Japan Tour, including The Crowns earlier this year when he shot a final-round 58. That also happened to be the same day the 21-year-old McIlroy broke through on the PGA TOUR.
Make no mistake, though, Ishikawa knows how important this week could be to his career. He’s playing in his fifth major championship and looking to make the cut in his second -- and hopefully, continue to contend.
"(Friday) is going to be a big day and I'm excited," he said. – Helen Ross
Ryo Ishikawa is quietly climbing the leaderboard. The 18-year-old from Japan, just over a month removed from his high school graduation, is even par through 15 holes.
Ishikawa started on No. 10 and had an adventurous back nine. He made three pars, three birdies and three bogeys but has reeled off six straight pars since making the turn.
Rory McIlroy, on the other hand, hasn’t fared quite as well as his playing partner. The 21-year-old just made his first birdie of the day at the -– but he also has one double bogey and a trio of bogeys.
The third member of the group, Tom Watson, is 5 over. The 60-year-old won the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and is playing on a special exemption. – Helen Ross