June 13, 2013
Cal Bears Blog: Magic Continues at U.S. Open
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ARDMORE, Pa. - Three members of the 2012-13 Cal men's golf team made history Thursday when Michael Kim, Max Homa and Michael Weaver became what is believed to be the first trio of players ever from the same collegiate team to play in the same U.S. Open.
"It was a tremendous day for our program," head coach Steve Desimone said. "It was acknowledged by a number of people that the Cal Bears are here at the U.S. Open. I'm really proud of our guys. They hung tough in conditions that were difficult. It would have been very easy to lose sight of what the first goal is, and that's to make the cut."
After the first day of action all three players are certainly in the running to finish among the top 60 players and ties after two rounds that will make the cut. Any players within 10 shots of the lead after the second round of action will also earn the right to play on Saturday and Sunday.
Kim was the only member of the trio able to complete his opening round Thursday at the par-70, 6,996-yard Merion Golf Club's East Course on a day that included a nearly four-hour delay due to inclement weather. Kim shot a three-over par 73 that has him tied for 78th place right in the middle of the 156-player field. Weaver and Homa are both two-over par and tied for 51st thru 10 and six holes, respectively.
Kim was on the first hole when play was suspended at 8:36 a.m. ET. Shortly after play resumed at 12:13 p.m., he made double bogey on the par-five second hole in what would start a wildly up-and-down round that would also include four birdies and five bogeys. Kim would bogey both the par-four fifth and par-three ninth holes only to respond each time with birdies on the par-four sixth and par-four 10th. Two more bogeys on the par-four 11th and 15th holes would take him to four-over par but two birdies on the par-four 16th and 18th holes, as well as another bogey on the par-three 17th would give him his final score.
"I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be," Kim said. "I tried to just have fun and stay patient, and I did a really good job of that. I left a few shots out there and missed a few short ones but made birdie on the last hole, which is always a good way to end."
Weaver and Homa both had their original tee times pushed back by three-and-a-half hours to 4:59 p.m. and 5:50 p.m., respectively.
Weaver started on the 11th hole and bogeyed the first two holes, both par-fours, before bouncing back with consecutive birdies on the par-three 13th and par-four 14th. He would par five of the next six holes but also had a double on 17 before play was suspended due to darkness after his 10th hole of the day.
"I played fine today but just had one bad hole," Weaver said. "Other than that, I'm happy with how I played. I was hitting fairways so that helped. Hopefully tomorrow I'll go out and do the same."
Homa started with pars on each of the first two holes before back-to-back bogeys on the par-three third and par-five fourth dropped him to two over. He was able to manage two more pars before play was suspended.
"It was hard to get in a groove because of the delays, but it was really exciting once everything got started," Homa said. "Tomorrow is going to be a long day."
Homa and Weaver will resume first-round action Friday at 7:15 a.m., with second-round action beginning immediately following the completion of the first round. Weaver is scheduled to begin his second round from the first hole at 10:29 a.m. and be followed by Homa and Kim both from the 11th hole at 11:50 a.m. and Kim from the first hole at 2:24 p.m., respectively.
Luke Donald is on top of the leader board after the first day of action at four-under par through 13 holes, while Phil Mickelson's three-under par 67 is the top score in the clubhouse and has him tied for second with 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, who is three-under through 11 holes.
Pairings and tee times for Saturday's third round will be announced after the cut following the end of the second round.
"Let's hope that we have three Bears that are playing on the weekend," Desimone said. "I like our chances."
The 2013 U.S. Open is being televised live by ESPN and NBC, while USOpen.com is streaming live video of certain marquee groups and ESPN Radio is handling the radio call.