Halfway Point At Oakmont: We Want More Blood

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I didn’t trudge all the way out to my couch to watch guys spin 9-irons into tucked pins and one-hop check greenside bunker shots to gimme range. This is the US Open; I’m here for blood. Some cumulonimbus action has denied that, raining 3 inches on our parade since Thursday and the Oakmonster’s had a groggy awakening ever since. But she’s slowly coming to and we’re expecting a triumphant, teethy return this evening and tomorrow.

Unfortunately, shots that were supposed to do this…

Have now been doing this…

But regardless of the relative softness, Oakmont can still bite you.

Fox Coverage

Overall? Fantastic. I’ll give it an 8/10. They’re giving us Holly:

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They’re giving us the Tracer:

They’re even firing up the old XBOX 360 for a quick TW 2007 round with the boys:

Sadly the commentary still stinks. The guys just aren’t very good. Their rapport is off, their timing is off, and while Joe Buck might be good at filling the 30 seconds between pitches, he stinks at filling 10 hours of golf. It’s nothing specific — something’s just off.

This pretty much sums it up:

The Field

The under par gang

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DJ’s in familiar major territory — been here a million times, never closed. The general consensus is that one day the Paulina slayer is gonna win one of these things. Tomorrow could be the day. He hits the ball impossibly straight and, while the field’s averaging around 280 off the tee, Dustin’s averaging over 318. He’s a stripe show.

The notable not-out-of-its

Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, ZJ at (E). Zach’s Caddie’s keeping him in it.

DeChambeau, English at (+1). Berger at (+2). McDowell, Kuchar, Fitzpatrick at (+3). Duf and Spieth at (+4) and Day at (+5) aren’t definitively out of it, but need some combination of personal magic and help from everyone else.

Notable MC Hammers

Phil, Rory, Fowler, Rose, Sneds, Walker, Hideki, Smylie, Keegs, Ernie.

Bowditch, +17. T4th to last. Taking this year well though.

The Swedes

Bad start for Sweden: Henrik Stenson withdrew with a calf injury after an opening round 69 (#nice) and Peter Hanson was DQ’d for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Final Thoughts

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I listed the not-out-of-its as guys a couple over, but all it takes is a DJ 75 and nearly everybody that made the cut has a shot. Still believe winner comes in at over par. I’m at a wedding tonight (writing this from a truck stop), but will be glued to the couch armed with a twitter account for tomorrow’s finale. Praying for carnage.