OAKMONT, Pa. - After shooting a 1-over 71 this afternoon, Bubba Watson admitted he prefers teeing off in the morning - not a great characteristic for someone near the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard entering the weekend.
"I'm not good on afternoon rounds by sitting around all morning," Watson said. "I got up this morning and checked to see the coverage, and waiting around all day thinking about how the bad shots were going to be and the good shots were going to be, but I hung in there."
He also said playing with friend Boo Weekley during the first two rounds helped him relax because they think (or don't think) the same way on course.
"He's out there thinking about video games; I'm thinking about fishing."
Phil Mickelson saw the writing on the wall as he finished the tournament at 11-over par before the afternoon times teed off.
"The rough was cut in half, the greens are slow, the pins are easy ... I don't know what (the USGA) is doing out there."
Count Masters champ Zach Johnson among those who don't think Oakmont is fair.
"I can count all the bad shots I hit today on one hand," he said en route to a 74 and 10-over going into the weekend. "I hit two perfect shots today where as soon as it left my club I knew it'd be perfect. Then it turns out I'm trying to scramble for par."
He also agrees with Mickelson about the rough possibly being dangerous, though maybe not for him.
"It's definitely dangerous, but I don't hit the ball that hard."
The par-5 4th was the only hole playing under par by the field on Thursday, but was playing at 5.24 Friday.
None of Tiger Woods' 12 majors have come on a golf course that is a par-70. The only player ahead of him on the leaderboard going into the weekend with a major victory is David Toms, who won the 2001 PGA Championship.
June 16, 2007
Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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