June 15, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Former Cal golfer Charlie Wi posted an even-par 70 in the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open on Friday to move into a tie for 18th place halfway through the 72-hole event at the par-70, 7,170-yard course. Wi, who moved up the leader board 34 spots from his position at the start of the day, has a 36-hole score of four-over par 143.
Playing in his second career U.S. Open, Wi will enter Saturday's third round five shots off the lead of one-under par 139 posted by Jim Furyk, David Toms and Tiger Woods. He tees off with Fredrik Jacobson on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. PT.
Wi birdied his final hole Friday on the par-three eighth to complete a round that started with an early morning 7:22 a.m. tee time. Wi's round didn't begin as well as it ended when he bogeyed his first hole of the day, the par-four ninth. But he quickly recovered with birdies on two of the next three holes (par-four 10th and 12th) to quickly get to one-under for the day and three-over for the tournament. He bogeyed the par-four 14th and par-five 16th to fall back into the black and would never get in the red again. He got back to even with a birdie on the par-four 18th but fell back into the black again with a bogey on the par-four third before the birdie on his final hole.
Another former Cal golfer James Hahn had his first U.S. Open end Friday, shooting a 10-over par round of 80 and missing the cut with a 36-hole total of 13-over 153. Hahn had been two-under par and alone in second place thru the first 12 holes of his opening round Thursday before playing his last six holes in five-over par to finish with a three-over par first-round 73.
Still, Hahn had terrific memories of an amazing stretch of golf that began with his first Nationwide Tour victory on at The Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C. A couple of hours after the victory, he hopped on a cross-country late-night flight back to the Bay Area for a 7 a.m. PT tee time in a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Daly City. He promptly fired a six-under par round of 66 at Lake Merced Country Club and then followed that with a solid two-under par round of 70 at TPC Harding Park for a 36-hole eight-under par total of 136 that was enough for a one-stroke victory and a spot in the U.S. Open.
"This week has been incredible for me," Hahn said. "Everybody's been coming out of the woodworks. I have a lot of people from Alameda that have been very supportive this week. Surprisingly, a lot of Cal alumni have been out here as well. You here the `Go Bears!' chant on some of the holes. It's incredible to see that everybody came out to be supportive and watch great golf."
Hahn started Friday's round tied for 40th but quickly continued his slide down the leader board that began late Thursday. He double bogeyed the par-four first hole on Friday when his tee shot went out of bounds and he was forced to hit a provisional. Hahn stayed at two-over until running into the same part of the course that gave him the most trouble on Thursday. One day after back-to-back doubles on the par-four fifth and sixth holes, Hahn bogeyed each hole on Friday and then double bogeyed seven to fall to six-over. He also bogeyed the par-four ninth and 11th holes before his lone birdie of the day on the par-four 12th. Before his round was over he would add bogeys on the par-three 13th, par-fourth 14th and par-five 17th.
"It's been a very good stretch of golf for me," Hahn said. "The golf gods have been very kind to me these last couple of weeks. I didn't play too well today and unfortunately am going to miss the cut, but I'm just having the best time of my life right now. It breeds a lot of confidence in me to be able to shoot two-under for 12 holes [at the U.S. Open]. It feels like I belong out here."
The 2012 U.S. Open, one of professional golf's four annual major championships, will continue through Sunday, June 17.