Below is the picture of the 47 year old Jeff Wilson who today shot a -10 62 at the Home Course to lead by 7 shots after the suspended 1st round of the 2010 US Amatuer Championship.
As you can see below Jeff finished eagle, eagle on 8 &9 as he tee off on the 10th hole. Leading USGA events is not foreign to Jeff as I believe he has been medalist 3 previous times in USGA events. All the scores can be found at www.usga.org
My round can only be described as frustrating and disappointing as I hit the shots I needed to hit, but perhaps had my poorest putting round since I converted to sidesaddle putting in 1997. I did NOT ever get comfortable with the speed of the greens and kept hitting very poor first putts putting pressure on me on most every hole.
I don’t think anyone ever really cares much about the details other than ‘WHAT DID YOU SHOOT” and I shot 77 +6 on a day where I hit 13 of 14 fairways, and hit 14 of 18 greens. The problem was getting the right feel with the severe slopes on these greens. I did a very poor job with my own advice of avoiding the double bogeys. My two double bogeys where the result of not a poor tee shot (both in the fairway) but leaving myself in tough spots where I had to put up a slope followed by a down slope. That particular putt has always been tough putting sidesaddle for some reason.
I’ll battle hard tomorrow and look to shoot 2-3 under par to have a chance at the cut down to 64. The key will be making the putts period!
Chambers Bay is a magnificent course that certainly showed it’s teeth today even with many of the long par four tee up a block or two. So much imagination is needed on these holes, but clearly #1 was a bit ridiculous. After a bombed tee shot (for me) I had approx 175 yards left to this 500 yard par 4 back into a slight breeze. With the pin middle right I chose a 6 iron that I decided to put a little cut on towards the pin. The swing felt great and as I looked up the ball was soaring straight on the line I picked with a slight fade, my ball landed on the front of the green and started to roll towards the hole. Seconds later to my complete disbelief I saw my ball peel left and off the green and down a very steep bank finally settling approx 60 yards from the pin. Now after what I thought were 2 perfect shots I’m looking at a double bogey as I have a shot straight up a mountain to a rock hard green that will not gently accept any type of shot. I was fortunate to nip the shot perfectly just carrying onto the green, rolling up and then down the slope to about 6 feet. This was one of the putts I did make, but this illustrates how tough this hole was playing as the Official on the hole said only 5 guys have kept their shots on the green all day.
Tomorrow will be another tough test with the pressure to make the cut. My game plan will be the same, stay patient and give myself as many opportunities as possible.
Stay tuned more tomorrow from the 2010 US Amateur!