Morning groups should have easier time in Round 2 at Chambers

Tiger Woods showed up at the Chambers Bay practice green an hour and a half before his morning tee time, and started grinding away at his game. Masters champ Jordan Spieth was there, too, trying to decode the mysteries of the Chambers greens.

The two belong to the most interesting morning threesomes to head out for the second round of the 115th U.S. Open — but for different reasons.

Spieth was joined by Jason Day, tied for seventh with Spieth at 2-under, along with former Open winner Justin Rose, at plus-2.

Woods showed no visible scars or open wounds from the disastrous 80 he shot in his opening round on Thursday. His group, including Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen, was a combined 28 over par.

Also seeing action in the morning were Ben Martin and amateur Brian Campbell, tied at fourth with 3-under totals from Thursday.

Because afternoon scoring was tougher on Thursday, the Friday morning tee times included just four of the top 13 golfers.

Twenty-five players broke par in the first round, the most in an Open first round since 29 broke par at Pebble Beach in 1992.

Hole No. 12, a short par-4, gave up a record 11 eagles. That’s the highest number of eagles on a hole in an Open round since they started keeping course statistics.

Dave Boling


Just how different is Chambers Bay compared to Thursday's first round?

For starters, 11 of the 18 holes are longer than they were the day before, including the par-5 first hole that was a par 4 yesterday. It went from 501 yards to 593.

The 18th hole downgraded from a par 5 to par 4. It's more than 100 yards shorter today at 514 yards. It was to 617 yards long Thursday.

Overall, the course is 7,695 yards compared to 7,497.

No hole is playing better than the eighth. Branden Grace, Stephen Gallacher and J.B. Holmes eagled that hole — and it wasn’t even noon yet.

Tee markers on the par 5 eighth hole were moved 12 paces forward with the hole location eight paces forward of the middle of the green, favoring the right side.

The 12th hole, which produced 11 of the 12 total eagles on Thursday, moved forward more than 30 feet Friday with the hole moving to the front left bowl after it was in the back-center portion of the green Thursday.

TJ Cotterill

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