June 15, 2013
Cal Bears Blog: Magic Continues at U.S. Open
Saturday's Live Television, Video and Radio Coverage
Video (Marquee Group)
ARDMORE, Pa. - Cal men's golfers Michael Kim and Michael Weaver have made the cut at the 2013 U.S. Open following the completion of second-round action Saturday morning at the Merion Golf Club's par-70, 6,996-yard East Course. Kim (73-70 - 143, +3) is tied for 13th place four shots out of the lead, while Weaver (74-74 - 148, +8) is one of 18 players tied for 56th and made the cut by a single stroke.
The cut includes the top 60 players and ties after two rounds from the original 156-player field. A total of 73 players have earned the right to play in the third and fourth rounds Saturday and Sunday.
Kim will tee off Saturday from the first hole at 1:34 p.m. ET, while Weaver will get started from the 11th hole at 1:45 p.m. ET. Kim will play with Bo Van Pelt and Geoff Ogilvy, while Weaver will be paired with fellow Fresno native Kevin Chappell and Josh Teater. The first tee time for the third round is at 12:28 p.m. ET.
Television coverage of Saturday's third round by NBC is scheduled to run from Noon - 7:30 p.m. ET. USOpen.com will stream live video of a marquee group beginning at 12:49 p.m. ET, while ESPN Radio will handle the radio call from 2-8 p.m. ET.
Pairings and tee times for Sunday's fourth and final round will be determined after the conclusion of the third round.
Kim will start third-round action within four strokes of co-third-round leaders Phil Mickelson (67-72 - 139, -1) and Billy Horschel (72-67 - 139, -1), who are the only two players under par after two complete rounds.
Kim is also the low amateur after two rounds and along with Weaver gives Cal two of the four amateurs to make the cut. The others are Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan (72-72 - 144, +4) and Ireland's Kevin Phelan (71-77 - 148, +8), who plays collegiately at North Florida. Pan, who began Saturday's resumed second round tied for third place, will start the third round tied for 20th. Phelan will begin Saturday's action tied for 56th along with Weaver.
Kim was one of 68 players still on the course when second-round play was suspended due to darkness Friday. He reached as high as tied for eighth on the leaderboard and was one-over par heading into the conclusion of his second round that began Saturday at 7:15 a.m. Kim made bogey on his first two holes once resuming his round on the par-five fourth and par-four fifth before righting the ship and making five consecutive pars to close out the round.
"I've just been really steady," Kim told the San Francisco Chronicle after the conclusion of his second round. "I'm hitting a decent amount of fairways and greens. I've been putting pretty well. These greens are really tricky. And I think putting is one of my strengths and it's been working so far."
The 2012-13 national collegiate player of the year had played the first 11 holes of his second round Friday in two-under par. He moved up 65 places from the beginning to the end of his second round, which he began tied for 78th place after an opening-round three-over par 73 on Thursday.
Weaver finished his second consecutive round of four-over par 74 by mid-afternoon Friday and had to wait nearly 18 hours to find out whether he would make the cut.
Max Homa (73-78 - 151, +11) also played the first two rounds at the 2013 U.S. Open but finished tied for 95th and missed the cut.
"It was a blast," Homa said of his experience. "I wouldn't trade it for anything else."
"I'm so proud of my teammates for playing so well on the biggest stage," Homa added.
Homa, Kim and Weaver - all members of the 2012-13 Cal men's golf team - 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.