Live Blog Part Two: Friday at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black

Michael Walker Jr., senior editor for GOLF Magazine, will blog the afternoon action at the U.S. Open starting at 1:00 p.m. EST. Missed the morning rounds? Alan Bastable live blogged them hereFollow these live updates @michaelwalkerjr on Twitter.Leaderboard | Photos | Join SI GOLFNation

8:30 p.m. We're sounding the horn here at Live Blog Headquarters.Thanks to everyone who read this marathon blog, and especially those who made comments. You all make these blogs fun. Special thanks to morning live-blogger Alan Bastable, friends of the blog Connell Barrett, Dick Friedman, David Feherty, David Dusek, Eddie Merrins, Jon Tattersall and Brady Riggs, and tireless producer Anne Szeker.See you all tomorrow. Bring an umbrella.8:25 p.m. Phil will finish 1-under for the day through 11 holes of Round 2. Good start.8:23 p.m. The siren sounds and players now have the option of finishing their hole or starting in the morning.The Long Island sunset looks beautiful but we're saving the Great Gatsby quotes for Sunday.8:17 p.m. Phil Mickelson on 11 at 1-under. His approach lands about 20 feet away. 8:15 p.m. Lucas Glover is your leader at 6-under. Mike Weir at 4-under after bogey on No. 9. 8:12 p.m. ESPN reports it's getting hard to see and this should be the last hole.8:09 p.m. Commercial for the best rangefinder on Tour strikes me as strange since they're not allowed during tournaments. Personally, I don't use one, but I don't mind if friends do (as long as they don't go Mason-Dixon on me). Where do you stand?How do you feel about rangefinders?A. "I never play without one."B. "Not for me, but I don't mind if my buddies use them."C. "Players who used rangefinders should be bludgeoned with their belly putters."D. "Yardages? That's what caddies are for. Jeeves, mix me another stinger."BTW, Phil just dropped one on 10 and he's now 1-under.8:07 p.m. Ricky Barnes goes to 5-under with a birdie on 7 and he's now in a three-way tie for the lead. Meanwhile, D.J. Trahan (7-over) had an "incident" with his putter and is now putting with his driver.8:03 p.m. Co-leader Lucas Glover (5-under) has a very makeable birdie putt on his 12th hole.Ignore me now, Live Blog!8 p.m. Golf at dusk beats golf at dawn every time.7:58 p.m. Another birdie for Adam Scott, now 2-under. Hmmmmmmm. ESPN reports they'll be about 15 minutes more of play. 7:55 p.m. Bloomberg News' Mike Buteau, the Tiger Woods of Twittering golf writers, has a reminder that Dad usually gets hosed on Father's Day: p.m. Phil just misses another birdie on No. 9. 7:45 p.m. Adam Scott makes birdie on 18--his ninth hole--and is 1-under. Sergio three-putts from about two feet and goes to 1-over. Earlier this year, I asked Scott about his lack of success at majors:People act like it's this easy thing to do and it's not. There have
been many great players who didn't win majors. Phil went a long time
without winning one. Maybe I should ask Phil what he did to get over
the hump. Because when he got oover the hump he won three in three
7:38 p.m.  Upset that the Live Blog has ignored him, Lucas Glover is now 5-under and tied for the lead. Hey, it's a long tournament, we have to conserve our enthusiasm. Hamilton has fallen to 3-under.Scott emails: It's good the USGA will give a partial refund to Thursday ticketholders. But I think they should also look at selling beer before 11 a.m. if there's a morning rain stoppage.Fortunately, it looks like the weather should hold until 11 a.m. But I hear ya.7:34 p.m. Mickelson birdies No. 8. He's now 2-under and picking up speed.7:31 p.m. Sergio Garcia (1-under) playing 18--his ninth. Lands his tee shot in fairway with Scott and Villegas. Must be a relief for Scott (even) to play with his pal Garcia after last year's Beatlemania group with Tiger and Phil.7:25 p.m.'s David Dusek takes a look at Tiger's clubs for the Open: p.m. In no other sport is watching on TV so different than watching in person. If you love golf, you owe it to yourself to get out to your local PGA Tour stop at least once a year. TV is great but you can only watch so many putts. 7:17 p.m. Co-leaders: Weir and Hamilton at 5-under. Woods just nine strokes back. [UPDATE: HAMILTON IS STILL ONE BACK. THE LIVE BLOG CONCEDED A PUTT WE SHOULDN'T HAVE.]7:14 p.m. Take me to your leaderboard! Hamilton should tie Weir soon at 5-under.7:13 p.m. I do this for a living and I have trouble keeping my Hansons/Hansens apart.7:10 p.m. Hope everybody bought something good for Dad. The U.S. Open's Father's Day finish is one of golf's great traditions.7:05 p.m. Birdie for Phil on 6. Now 1-under. To call Phil a "momentum player" doesn't do him justice. He's more like a toboggan.7:04 p.m. Even Chris Berman's checking out Twitter. What are you waiting for? The Live Blog would be so much better there.7:02 p.m. Ricky Barnes, that's a golf name. Now 4-under for the tournament. AK makes a nice birdie putt and is now 1-under. Fan-interest question: Does Phil+Rocco+AK=Tiger? Answer: Not even close.6:56 p.m. ESPN gets awesome overhead shot of Villegas coming out of the mud on 15--his sixth hole. He leaves it short in the bunker.Around golf, you hear a lot about how Villegas and some of the other young players have galleries filled with beautiful women. Bull---. I saw Kevin Dillon from Entourage play a pro-am and he had better-looking galleries than I've seen with any of the Tour guys.Golf fans need to get out more.6:52 p.m. Phil makes birdie on No. 5. He's back to even par.6:45 p.m. Remember me? Todd Hamilton birdies No. 4 and is alone in second place at 5-under. He made some noise at this year's Masters and finished T15.6:41 p.m. Double-bogey on 12 (his third hole) for Rocco and he falls to 1-over. I'M AFRAID!!! ALL RIGHT?! YOU WANT TO HEAR ME SAY IT? You want to break
me down? All right, I'm afraid. For the first time in my life, I'm
6:37 p.m. Adam Scott sticks his tee shot close on 14 and my girlfriend exclaims, "Go, Cutie!" Meanwhile Stewart Cink just misses a birdie putt on 3 and stays at 3-over.6:35 p.m. Yup, Mike Weir is sizing up another birdie putt. Leaves it a little short and should make another par.6:31 p.m. Rocco sitting lotus style in the fairway waiting to hit. His back is always an issue.6:29 p.m. Phil (now 2-over) was "heavily involved" in the design of a hybrid club. I'm surprised they don't ask for Phil's help with the Middle East peace process.6:24 p.m. Charl Schwartzel (2-over) has five birdies in six holes. Would the USGA stop play because the course was playing too easy? Nah...they wouldn't do that.6:20 p.m. Love ESPN's hole graphics. Makes me want to play Golden Tee.6:18 p.m. In a new crisp white shirt, Rocco gives one back at the second, now 1-under.6:15 p.m. gallery of the muddy scene at Bethpage.,28242,1905392,00.htmlAt the course Thursday, Howard Reiss of Nyack, N.Y., took issue with my comparison of the rain-soaked, mud-caked scene to Woodstock. He should know; he was there."This is nothing like Woodstock, 1.5 million kids, you didn't even
notice the rain. Plus there was music playing all the time. My best
memory of Woodstock was I slept on top of a hill overlooking the stage. I woke up in my sleeping bag to the Who
playing Tommy. I'll never forget that. You can't compare this to Woodstock."6:09 p.m. Mike Weir makes par on No. 1. Still 6-under. Phil (1-over) lands it on the green at No. 3 after his double on 2. Phil fans should buckle up for a wild ride.6:07 p.m.'s Cam Morfit says a Monday finish is reports more wet weather will most likely drench
Bethpage Black on Saturday, most likely leading to another delay of
play and possibly another lost day.
According to the forecast,
"Large thunderstorms have erupted across the Midwest, and that moisture
will reach western Long Island Saturday. Periods of heavy rain are
possible Saturday afternoon, and there could be another suspension of
6:06 p.m. David Duval makes three bogeys in a row--he's now even for the championship. Give him credit for sticking with it; a lot of guys would stay home and watch their investments. To strive, to seek and not to yield, right DD?6:01 p.m. SLC asks: Can someone who actually saw this picture (before it was removed) please describe what it looks
like?...supposedly it was Hilarious...and from all the comments seems
to be very insulting to TW.
The joke is that Tiger won't be playing Round 3 so there's no outfit. Don't worry, Tiger fans. The American Mike Weir will rally.5:56 p.m. Sorry. Internet connection went down. We're back up now. Just in time for our leader Mike Weir. This could be shortest round in recent history as guys rush to get all the birdies out there. This course will never play like this again.5:40 p.m. Ernie Els (8-over) hits one into Smurf Village on No. 1. Mickelson (1-under) splits the fairway.5:35 p.m. It's unfortunate that a major tournament played on a public course is such a big deal. Why do they hate us?5:33 p.m. Charl Schwartzel (4-over) starts birdie-birdie-birdie. Is this the U.S. Open or the Bob Hope Classic?5:28 p.m. Tom writes: What
is disappointing is that for the last few majors Tiger seemed to be
over shooting himself out of contention in the first round. Of course
Weir shooting a 64 puts the whole field in a hole.
Great point. It's things like missing the par putt on 18 today that feel so un-Tiger-like, but he was in a hole at Torrey Pines till that back nine 30 on Saturday.5:25 p.m. Rory
McIlroy (2-over) just misses a birdie putt on No. 1. Rory know golf
history for a young guy--kind of like young Tiger did. Here's what the
20-year-old remembers from the 2002 Bethpage Open:I think there was a bit of a delay on the Sunday evening. And then went
back out to play and I remember Tiger hitting a 2-iron into 13 in the
middle of the green, two-putting for birdie. And obviously Phil made a
bit of a rally out towards the end as well.
5:13 p.m. The
usually dapper Darren Clarke is playing the second round with a condom
on his head. DD missed his short birdie attempt. Toms makes his and we
get our first "Ground control to Major Toms" from Chris Berman. BTW, I
like Berman on golf.UPDATE: Sports Illustrated's Dick Friedman disagrees: I would like ESPN
better if I didn’t hear groaners from Berman like “Ground control to
Major Toms.” (And this from a David Bowie fan!)
5:11 p.m. Friend of the blog Dick Friedman writes: Bob Costas just
pitched NBC’s prime-time lineup tonight, which includes “The Chopping
Block.” In reality, that will happen tomorrow (we hope).
5:10 p.m. David Duval has shot at birdie on his first hole of the second round.5:06 p.m. Good to see Michelle Wie back on Twitter. says she took some time off after she missed U.S. Open qualifying. I figured the IMG intern who updates it was on vacation. 5:04 p.m. Great Twitter post from ESPN's Bill Simmons - Sneak preview of Tiger's outfit for tomorrow's Round 3 at Bethpage.5:00 p.m. We're
going back to ESPN from NBC. Who's been better so far? I'm leaning
toward ESPN, their coverage feels more energetic and I really like
Curtis Strange, but Johnny is still Johnny.4:57 p.m. Brian
writes: Didn't Weir just shoot the course record?! No fawning over him
for putting that up with a double bogey in there too?
we got off to a slow start, but we've been fawning for a good two hours
now. Weir's our guy at the Live Blog. Relax and have some back bacon.4:55 p.m. Johnny Miller says the course is playin 3 shots easier today than yesterday. He adds that Tiger has never come from this far back to win a major.4:54 p.m. White-hot
Mike Weir (your leader at 6-under) probably can't wait to get back out
there. "36 holes? Bring the floodlights out and I'll play 54!" 4:52 p.m. NBC
recounting Tiger's morning round. Three-putt double on 15, bogey on 16,
par on 17, bogey on 18. Even harder to watch second time. I don't think
Tiger went to see The Hangover with Poulter this afternoon.4:45 p.m. Former U.S. Amateur champ Ricky Barnes in at 3-under 67. The guy he beat in 2002, Hunter Mahan, finished 2-over.4:38 p.m. More Ian Poulter from Twitter. ( anyone see mickelson hit 6 iron on the 3rd hole par 3. yesterday we was hitting 3 iron. i think its playing a little easier.BTW, I was a Twitter skeptic but I am really enjoying it. Much better than MySpace or facebook.4:37 p.m.'s David Dusek sends in a Phil update live from the course:Phil came off the course
and spent 10 minutes hitting 6-12 putts with Jim MacKay squatting
behind him. It looked like Phil was having Bones check his aim
4:35 p.m. We've
got a lull in the coverage as our leaders get a sandwich. Ian Poulter,
replacing Stewart Cink as game's most active Twitter user, posted a
lunch picture here: p.m. The Live-Blog is international. Dani in Spain asks: Since
I am a Spaniard I wanted to know if people in the States really miss
Olazabal as I do. I am remembering when he was  the best iron
player in the world.
I miss him at majors. Not so much at the Ryder Cup when he was a world-beater for the Europeans.4:27 p.m. Mike Weir tells NBC that soggy Bethpage is not just for long-hitters. It rained in Augusta in 2003, too.4:23 p.m. Rocco finishes with par for a 2-under 68. Where does "Rocco wins" rank
on great Bethpage U.S. Open stories? I say behind Phil wins (No. 1) and
Tiger wins (No. 2).4:22 p.m. Prediction for main headline tonight: TIGER WOODS JUST 10 SHOTS BACK!4:19 p.m. Oh,
Canada! Mike Weir drains his birdie on 18 for a 64 (with a double
bogey), the lowest round shot at at a Bethpage championship.So how did Rocco
Mediate go toe-to-toe with Tiger for 91 holes last year? And how did
Bob May stay with Tiger at the PGA Championship in 2000 when everybody
else folds like origami? We asked legendary teaching pro Eddie Merrins,
who worked with both players:The reason they were able to go the distance with Tiger is that they
really weren't playing Tiger. Sure, that's what it looked like on TV,
and the media loves the "David versus Goliath" match-ups, but in both
cases Rocco and Bobby were relating to Old Man Par, they were just in
the company of the greatest player on the planet.
And so was
Tiger. Both he and Rocco were in their own game, and that's how they
were able to tune out all the distractions. Sure, in the playoff round,
they were like a couple stage performers, playing off one another and
bringing out the best in each other. But more than that they were
relating to Old Man Par. If Tiger and Rocco had been trying to play
each other, I doubt either man would have played as well.
4:13 p.m. Sean
O'Hair's wife is expecting. If she goes into labor during the
tournament, O'Hair will tell his caddie: "Get to the choppa!" Seriously.4:12 p.m. Todd Hamilton posts a 3-under 67. Hope he has credentials to get in the players' clubhouse. They might not recognize him. 4:10 p.m. Phil tells NBC's Dottie Pepper that the soft conditions are keeping balls in the fairway. Dan Hicks tries to jinx 5-under Weir (again!) by saying 65 would be the lowest ever tournament score at Bethpage4:06 p.m. Rocco to 2-under with his fifth birdie of the day on 17.Reader TW asks: Did anyone come away liking Rocco the person/persona less after reading the Rocco/Feinstein book?My review of the book is here:
short, I liked the recap of Torrey Pines, which was the greatest
sporting event I ever witnessed in person. However, I didn't feel like
I learned much about Rocco the person.4:03 p.m. Phil Mickelson misses his birdie try on on 18 but makes his par to
finish at 1-under. Will have an 1:15 break and then he'll be back on
the course. But he's already driving friend of the live-blog Connell Barrett crazy: Phil better not mess with us this week. He'd better win this thing, or
finish T-99th. My ticker's gonna feel like Dick Cheney's if we get
another Winged Foot. Or Shinnecock. Or Pinehurst..
3:58 p.m. Adam
Scott finishes 1-under--must be a relief for the struggling Aussie.
Sergio just misses another putt and finishes even 70. Camilo is in at
71.3:54 p.m. Rocco misses a short one on No. 16 and drops to 1-under.No post-round comments from Tiger Woods. Since his surliness at the Masters, Woods has been surprisingly genial with the media. His media conference earlier in the week was thoughtful and entertaining. But the charm offensive takes a break during majors.3:50 p.m. Peter Hanson makes birdie on 18 and ties Weir in the lead at 4-under. Sorry about the lack of Hanson updates but if you want to follow every Hanson shot, you probably should attend the event.3:41 p.m. Fan favorite (!) Sergio Garcia (even) makes a not-short putt on 17 for birdie. Weir's dropped to 4-under after double on 14.3:40 p.m. Now the USGA will refund half the face value of Thursday tickets ($50) if there's no golf on Moday. What exactly is Mike Francesca saying on WFAN? Is there a mob with pitchforks traveling down 287 to USGA headquarters in Far Hills, N.J.? If you're listening, let us know in the comments.3:35 p.m. Does anybody swing an iron better than Sergio Garcia? He sticks his tee shot on No. 17. Still 1-over though and no putt is a gimme for him.3:34 p.m. David Duval finishes Round 1 with a birdie for a 3-under 67. He's the leader in the clubhouse and 3 strokes off the lead.3:30 p.m. Weir is struggling on No. 15. Hard-working Golf World writer Tim Rosaforte says Phil relaxed on Thursday and saw The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3. Bob Costas looks embarrassed.3:25 p.m. Cynical reader Mangini's Baby--the Jets will do that to you--expects Tiger TV all weekend no matter how the World No. 1 plays: Don't
worry, even if Tiger doesn't make the cut NBC will be sure to show
endless highlights of his first (only) two rounds during their coverage
of Round 3 (on Tuesday) and Round 4 (a week from Thursday)
Actually a leaderboard with Phil and Rocco might be strong enough for casual fans to get involved even without Woods. I'm not writing off Tiger just yet though.3:22 p.m. Weir stays at 6-under through 14. Weir doesn't have a reputation as a long hitter, but Golf Mag Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs says the course favors big bashers today:Conditions very favorable for this afternoon wave. Longer hitters have
a bigger  advantage than usual with the softer conditions. Drives will
stay in fairway more often, long course even longer.
3:20 p.m. Rocco is now 2-under. Phil bogeys 15 to go to 2-under. If you're curious how fan favorites like Rocco and Phil feed of the crowd, check out this article at the Frontal Cortex blog:, everyone plays badly in front of a crowd tha they would play alone. But if the crowd is behind you then you'll play less badly than your opponent. 3:14 p.m. Mickelson on his 15th hole hits a super-Phil mega-chip which should save par.FEHERTY TEXT ALERT: Another Phil near-miss this year, says Feherty, "would be a foot to the Winged heart. Christ, make me stop!"3:11 p.m. Rocco (1-under) sticks it to inside 8 feet on par-3 14th.I thought he was wearing an un-Rocco-like gray shirt with modern patterns but that's actually perspiration.3:10 p.m. NBC's Dan Hicks tries to jinx Mike Weir by mentioning that no one's shot 62 in a major.3:07 p.m. Sean O'Hair to 3-under with birdie on 14. Reminder from Johnnny Miller: "It's still the first round were talking about."3:05 p.m. NBC recounting leader Mike Weir's torrid round (6-under through 13). Peter Hanson dropped three back, tied for second with Phil Mickelson. Updates as soon as we have them.3:01 p.m. Peter asks: How is the pace of play? What time will it be dark in LI tonight?Word is that the early afternoon starter have a chance of getting deep into their second rounds. Sunset is 8:30 p.m. tonight--not sure when it becomes to dark to play, but I imagine they'll go as late as they can.2:53 p.m. No-longer-teenage-phenom Rory McIlroy (2-over) is going for his third straight birdie at 15. Is the course playing too easy for a U.S. Open? Golf Mag Top 100 Teacher Jon Tattersall thinks so: I'm a little concern by the good play today on a US open course! The USGA will be putting fertilizer on the rough tonight and bringing in helicopters to dry out the greens...can't have people under par at the US Open.2:47 p.m. David Duval is now 2-under par through 15. I'm going to sell high on Duval although it would be a great story. Any takers?Axel writes: Strange
scheduling. Those who will play 36 holes today seem to be doing it in
the sunshine and soft greens. Those who will play the second round
tomorrow will have played almost 36 holes in the rain and mud. A bit
unfair don't you think?
In a word, yes.2:46 p.m. Peter Hanson (-4) in a nasty fairway bunker on 14--actually the fifth hole. Sergio misses a very makeable birdie putt on 14. FEHERTY ALERT: Fellow blogger and friend of the stars Connell Barrett just got a text from David Feherty about the USGA commercial that kvells, "True, the USGA didn't give birth to
golf, but for more than 100 years we've been its legal guardian."Feherty writers: If the USGA is golf's legal guardian, was I out of the country when
they divorced the R&A? If so, does the R&A have any visitation
rights? Who's the mom? Who's the dad? Who pays child support? Just
askin'. What a piece of arrogance.
2:40 p.m. Good point by Curtis Strange: "The graduated rough bring double-bogey into play more than the deep rough." Aggressive play gets you nowhere at U.S. Open.2:35 p.m. Le Cork asks: Hey Mike,
is it true that if tomorrow's a rain out the USGA will be giving
ticket-holders a free weekly pass to the U.S. Women's Senior Amateur?
Ouch!BTW, ESPN shows Rudy Giuliani watching the action. Warren Sapp and Giuliani! Clearly the stars have descended on Bethpage.Ernie misses an eagle chance and is 6-over, while Rocco saves an important par.2:33 p.m. Nothing like an expiring exemption to get a guy playing well. 2004 British Open champ Todd Hamilton birdies 12 to get to 1-under. Weir drops a dart on No. 12. Gimme for birdie and 5-under.2:30 p.m. Mike Weir for par on his 10th hole. Still co-leader at 4-under. Dave writes:

It's really
interesting to me that the biggest complainers here can't seem to put together
a sentence or even spell words right.

Thanks, Dave. I was going to suggest that since those comment writers are so friendly they should apply for jobs at the USGA. j/k, j/k 2:25 p.m. Jason asks: "Any golf
happening out there? One course update in the last half hour...mix in
some details with the fluff! No mention of the dude leading?" Peter Hanson at 4-under is looking at a birdie putt on 13. Now get some sleep, it must be late in Sweden.
2:21 p.m. Ugh! Phil misses short one for birdie. Will have 4-footer for par.Garsh asks: "Do you think Phil is feeling any pressure by what Amy said about her wanting him to bring the trophy home?"Not really. Phil always puts so much pressure on himself to win the U.S. Open. With Amy's illness, Phil's concern will be with her, not the tournament, which may allow him to play better.2: 18 p.m. Sergio (even) and Adam Scott (1-under) both make birdies on 12.2:14 p.m. Larry Bird misses birdie putt on 10. Oh wait, that was Brandt Snedecker (even). Fred Funk makes back to back birdies and is at even par as well. 2:10 p.m. Phil sticks his tee shot to about feet on No. 12, and Rocco gets to two back. The golf gods may be giving the USGA a mulligan for yesterday's washout and initial no-refund policy.2:05 p.m. Rocco (1-under) makes the green on 11 from a giant fairway bunker that dwarfed him. The People's Champion hanging around on Day 1 of the People's Open.John asks: Don't you think that those who might play nearly 36 holes today have an advantage if tomorrow gets rained out like yesterday?Yes, but not as much as you think. Padraig Harrington got stuck playing in what might have been the worst weather at any major at last year's British Open and won the thing.2:01 p.m. Alex wants more Mike Weir updates. "Honestly, Mike Weir doesn't get any respect down there - he's winning the tournament and he's barelymentioned on this blog."

I guess hockey season is finally over.

OK. One of the game's real good guys, Weir is 4-under through 9 and surprisingly in the lead for a course that is supposed to play so long. 1:58 p.m. What does morning/early afternoon with ESPN/3-5 p.m. with NBC/5-close with ESPN accomplish other than annoying Ellen fans? OK, good work.1:52 p.m. Camilo Villegas (-3)is one off the lead after his birdie on 10 as the hunk grouping of Sergio Garcia (+1), Adam Scott (-1), and Camilo continues good day.1:49 p.m. On-course report from Live-Blog correspondent Jason Paltrowitz, whose covering the hospitality tents: "Knee deep in mud, but it's packed here." ESPN's Curtis Strange was a tough golfer so no surprise he's against "lift, clean and place." I agree. The U.S. Open is not just another Tour stop. 1:45 p.m. In the comments section, Fab 5 says of Tiger Woods (+4), "Tiger will be fine." He caught tough break with the weather, but I think he'll be back among the leaders by Sunday. BTW Fab 5, we loved you in Yo, MTV Raps. 1:40 p.m. Relieved it's nice today so you all don't have to watch us in the media cover a rainy day in Long Island like it was Hurricane Katrina. However, I did enjoy Jim Gray in the Anderson Cooper role.1:36 p.m. Friend of the Blog Dick Friedman on Phil's birdie putt on 8: What with the
Mets and the Yankees flopping around, that’s the first thing New York
sports fans have really had to cheer about in the last few days!
Phil actually brushed up on his New York sports knowledge to talk with fans this week. I'm guessing Phil didn't have to brush up too much. He could probably set the lines in Vegas.1:32 p.m. Villegas makes great approach on No. 10 for birdie look. I like how he's sponsored by CVS. Apparently the drugstore wants a younger, sexier image.1:27 p.m. Rocco a little short on his birdie putt at 8 and then bogeys, while Hanson misses a makeable birdie putt at 9. Time for a Rocco story from live-blogger and Golf Magazine editor-at-large Connell Barrett:No one should be surprised that Rocco is scaring the U.S. Open
leaderboard -- again. I had the chance to have dinner with him last
fall for a lengthy interview. (Damn right he paid!) I expected to meet
a jovial, self-effacing fellow wearing grandpa pants and a goofy grin,
like we see on the course. He's not like that in person. He has a
molten core. He's intense, edgy, with towering confidence and the eye
contact of a killer. He believes in his heart that he can beat anyone,
and everyone, at this event. "The U.S. Open is my tournament," he told
me. "I love it. It's about [ball] striking it, and that's my game.
Hitting the fairway. Making par after par after par... And I'd love
another shot at Tiger [at Bethpage]."
Rocco's not the best player on the course right now, but he may be the
most comfortable, and that means something. A lot of us in the media
wrote off the chances of another Tiger-Rocco showdown, because we
assumed only one of them would be there down the stretch. Maybe we
wrote off the wrong guy.
1:24 p.m. Only dark cloud at Bethpage today is over Tiger Woods in clubhouse at plus-4.1:22 p.m. Quick scoreboard update: Peter Hanson and  Mike Weir co-leaders at 3-under. AK, Camilo, Fisher, Rocco and O'Hair at 2-under. 1:17 p.m. Massive putt for birdie on 8 and Phil is 1-under. The fans are already in weekend mode. Wild scene.1:13 p.m. AK misses a shortish putt on No. 9, and Curtis Strange of ESPN bemoans the 24/7 sports-media culture. Hmmmmm.1:09 p.m. Anthony Kim might not be patient enough to win this
thing, but he's off to a hot start. Question to ask of anyone on
leaderboard: Can he go head to head with Tiger at a major? I'm giving
AK a big NO for now.1:05 p.m.  Welcome to the Live Blog, afternoon version, where we offer admission to Monday's blog in event of a rain-out. No more Tiger today, but we have 36 holes of Phil and Rocco with a share of the lead so please join us as long as you can.

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