Fifteen U.S. Open golfers scheduled for action at Chambers Bay on Saturday can thank amateur Nick Hardy for bogeying his final hole Friday to finish at plus-5 for the tournament, since that bought them two more rounds of U.S. Open golf. Hardy’s bogey moved the cut line, for the top 60 and ties, from plus-4 to plus-5.
Masters champ Jordan Spieth, at 21, is looking to stretch his string of sub-par rounds in major championships to seven on Saturday. He should be comforted by the fact that the winner of the last six majors has been the 36-hole leader.
Spieth and Patrick Reed were tied at minus-5 after 36 holes. Both were at Chambers as amateurs in the 2010 U.S. Amateur championship. Reed made it to the Round of 32, while Spieth failed to reach the match-play portion of the tournament.
The last Masters champ to also win the U.S. Open was Tiger Woods in 2002. Woods missed the cut on Friday.
No early word was available Saturday morning whether Jason Day would continue for the weekend. Day collapsed on his final hole Friday, reportedly suffering from benign positional vertigo.
The six amateurs to make the cut was the most for a U.S. Open since 1966, when six also qualified for the weekend. The top among them was Brian Campbell, who was tied for 12th.
Chambers played a massive 7,695 yards on Friday, the longest in U.S. Open history. The front nine, especially, was testing, at 4,020 yards, the first time an Open course has had a nine measure more than 4,000 yards.