June 14, 2013
Cal Bears Blog: Magic Continues at U.S. Open
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ARDMORE, Pa. - Cal men's golfer Michael Kim is tied for eighth place at the conclusion of the second day of action Friday at the 2013 U.S. Open. The 2012-13 national collegiate player of the year is one-over par overall and was two-under par through the first 11 holes of his second round when play was suspended due to darkness Friday. Kim started the day tied for 78th place after an opening-round three-over par 73 on Thursday.
Michael Weaver (74-74 - 148, +8) and Max Homa (73-78 - 151, +11) both got through the event's first 36 holes by the end of the day Friday. Weaver is tied for 66th and right on the projected cut line of eight-over par, while Homa is tied for 105th.
The cut will be made after the end of the second round Saturday with the top 60 players and ties after two rounds moving on to play third and fourth-round action Saturday and Sunday. Pairings and tee times for Saturday's third round will be determined after the cut is determined.
There were 68 players still on the at the Merion Golf Club's par-70, 6,996-yard East Course when play was suspended Friday. Second-round action will resume Saturday at 7:15 a.m. ET.
"I won't know until tomorrow if I'll make the cut," Weaver said. "I'm definitely looking to playing the weekend if I have the chance."
Kim played his first 11 holes Friday in two-under par and is within two strokes of co-leaders Phil Mickelson (67-72 - 139, -1) and Billy Horschel (72-67 - 139, -1), both of who completed their second-round action Friday.
Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan is the low amateur through Friday's play at even-par and is tied for third with a group of four others. Pan has played a total of 27 holes and was two-under through nine Friday when play was suspended.
With much of the field already in the clubhouse or late in their rounds by the time he started play from the 11th hole at 5:24 p.m. ET, Kim started his round Friday in the mid-20's on the leader board and fell to 31st after a bogey on his fourth hole on the par-four 14th. But Kim would come up with a birdie two holes later on the par-four 16th and then back-to-back birdies on the par-four first and par-five second holes to rocket up the leader board. Kim, who holed out from the bunker for the birdie on two, would get one more hole in with a par on the par-three third before play was suspended.
"[I'm] trying not to think about it too much," Kim said when asked about his goal of making the cut. "Low expectations and whatever happens, happens tomorrow."
Weaver and Homa both began play Friday by resuming first-round action at 7:15 a.m.
Weaver, who played 10 holes in two-over par Thursday, started Friday on the third hole. He would end up with a two-over par 74 for his first round after playing the final eight holes in two-over par with one birdie (par-four eighth) and three bogeys (par-five fourth, par-four seventh, par-three ninth).
Weaver started his originally scheduled second round Friday from the first hole and opened with five straight pars before a bogey on the par-four sixth. He would add another bogey on nine and a double bogey on the par-four 15th before getting one stroke back with his lone birdie of the round on the par-three 17th after a double on the hole Thursday. He would bogey the par-four 18th for his final second-round score.
"I played pretty well today," Weaver said. "I just had a few bad shots that cost me on the back nine [of my second round]."
Homa started his day by resuming his first round with a bogey on the par-five seventh hole for the first of his six bogeys and three double bogeys over the 30 holes he played Friday. Homa would also bogey the ninth and par-four 11th holes before getting back on track and playing the final six holes in two-under par with birdies on the par-four 12th and par-three 17th holes.
Homa was unable to maintain the momentum during his second round that started on the 11th hole. He would bogey the 12th hole, double bogey the 15th and bogey the 18th before back-to-back doubles on the first and second holes. After five straight pars, he bogeyed eight before managing his lone birdie of the round on nine.
He did have a big moment during his second round when he chipped in for par on the 17th hole.
"I would consider it the best moment of my life," Homa told his hometown Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
Homa, Kim and Weaver - all members of the 2012-13 Cal men's golf team - have made history by becoming what is believed to be the first trio of players ever from the same collegiate team to play in the same U.S. Open.
The remaining two days of the 2013 U.S. Open will be televised live by NBC, while USOpen.com will stream live video of a marquee group each day and ESPN Radio will handle the radio call.