Golf.com live-blogged the entire second round of the U.S. Open on Saturday. Mike Walker, senior editor, Golf Magazine and Golf.com9:43 p.m. Phil gets his kicks with 66. Now 1-under, tied for second behind Graeme McDowell, and the U.S. Open suddenly looks a lot more interesting.
We're calling it a day at the Live Blog. Thanks to everyone who read and commented in the Live Blog today. See you all tomorrow! 9:42 p.m. Yang went 34-49 today. As Bob Hope said, Pebble Beach is "Alcatraz with grass." 9:40 p.m. The birdie putt is short and Phil has about a Tim Clark left for par. 9:37 p.m. Phil hits his approach to about 30 feet on 18 as his round passes the SIX hour mark. Fans cheer because they get to home soon. It's freezing out there. 9:36 p.m. Mickelson's conversation with Bones over club selection here is the opposite of fascinating. 9:33 p.m. Mickelson makes the proverbial rescue from the fescue. Advances it nicely and he'll have a short-iron in.
9:32 p.m. My bad, Phil's in the fescue right, not the bunker. He never makes it easy on himself. 9:30 p.m. Mickelson plays 3-wood but still finds the fairway bunker on the par-5 18th. 9:27 p.m. Annika Sorenstam sighting at Pebble Beach. BTW, I haven't seen any really good celebrities yet this week. Where's Eastwood? 9:25 p.m. Harrington's putt just lips out. Now 4-over. Kind of the way it's been going for Paddy lately. 9:23 p.m. Another white-hat wearing par for Mickelson on 17. 9:21 p.m. The crowd is going wild for Phil on the 17th green. Makes you wonder what Sunday would sound like.
But don't get too confident, Phil fans. He'll still probably need to do it in the wind one day. 9:16 p.m. Mickelson finds back fringe of the green, Harrington in the bunker. Has anyone ever seen Phil eat on the course? Tiger's always got his peanut butter sandwiches, but you never see Phil gnawing on anything. Bones must be sneaking him Krispy Kremes or Five Guys. 9:15 p.m. Finally! Harrington, Mickelson and Yang on tee at the par-3 17th after 16 minute wait. 9:10 p.m. Reader Guy Gallant writes: I would like to see us amateurs, regardless of our handicaps, 2 or 24, play this 14th hole. Oh, yeah! No. 6 would be a great one too. I get vertigo just looking up at it. 9:05 p.m. Mickelson and friends will be lucky to finish this round in six hours. 9:00 p.m. Harrington makes his birdie and is starting to look pretty good at 3-over. Mickelson at 1-under, heading to 17. Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck been with Phil all afternoon: I've
been following Phil since #7 inside the roes, ergo no tweets. Dude is
playing beautifully, could be lower. Gonna be a fun weekend! 8:55 p.m. Mickelson is staring down another birdie chance at 16.....it's close and it....just misses. Somewhere Tom Watson (7-over) is ironing his shirt for tomorrow. 8:54 p.m. Even Mickelson is applauding Harrington's draw approach to about 15 feet on 16.
Golf.com deputy editor David Dusek checks in via Twitter. Props to Sports Illustrated's Damon Hack for picking Padraig Harrington this week. I don't think he'll win, but sometimes I forget just how good he is. Wow. 8:52 p.m. Smart-money pick K.J. Choi is still hanging around. He's one-over through 16. Early action on KJ made Las Vegas sportsbooks drop his odds from 65 to 1 down to 20 to 1 before the tournament. 8:50 p.m. Ricky Barnes in trouble on --- you guessed it! -- 14. He makes 7, now plus-4. 8:44 p.m. Another par for Mickelson on 15. It's going to be a fun weekend. 8:42 p.m. If you didn't notice the logo on his hat, his collar and his sweater, Derek Lamely (16-over) is sponsored by Callaway. 8:39 p.m. Only Adam Scott could look great teeing off on No. 7 at 9-over. He sticks it close though. 8:36 p.m. Mickelson on 15. From the rough, he plays his approach to the front of the green. Remember, as Johnny Miller once said, at the U.S. Open "pars wear little white hats." 8:35 p.m. Ricky Barnes looks like he thinks poa annua is a particularly strong strain of marijuana. 8:31 p.m. Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods. Sorry, I have to mention him every 60 minutes or the hatch blows up. 8:29 p.m. Mickelson misses his birdie putt, tap-in par. Still 1-over. Yang makes his putt for 8, now 10-over. 8:26 p.m. I better mention that Matt Bettencourt has moved into a tie for second at 1-under. I don't want to get on the bad side of those Matt Bettencourt fans. 8:23 p.m. Yang is on his way to double or worse at 14. This is better than NASCAR. And I really like Yang. 8:20 p.m. Mickelson's approach to 14 spins past the hole, almost close enough to look in. He'll have another birdie putt. A USGA historian just started making his way toward the back nine. 8:18 p.m. Hey, Phil! Reader Chris Belisle is in your corner: You've got this reader right here Mike, and I'm certainly rooting for Phil! 8:14 p.m. Mickelson makes an expert lay-up on 14. If Phil makes a birdie here -- where Zach Johnson just made a 9 -- a lot of guys will start bagging their bags. 8:13 p.m. If you love all these shots of Pebble and are thinking about moving to the Monterey Peninsula, here's the lowdown...
Pros: Beautiful scenery, great weather, delicious food and wine, and nice people.
Cons: A lot of four-way stop signs.
So it's basically a wash. 8:09 p.m. Live Blog all-star Guy Gallant has noticed that Phil's great round isn't great news for everybody: Someone give Weirsy
a beer after that hole out from the trap! And I hope Phil doesn't go
all Stewart Cink on Tom Watson by posting -4. Phil is still a wonderful
story a would be happy to see him win. 8:05 p.m. Mickelson on the tee at 14. This could be interesting. 8:03 p.m. Golf.com deputy editor Dave Dusek on the 14th green (via Twitter). Peter Kostis texted me today saying that the 14th green should be re-designed. I think Zach Johnson would agree right now. Dusek is such a name-dropper. I get texts from Tiger all the time, I just don't talk about it. Tiger DeLuca, that is. 8:01 p.m. ESPN's Chris Berman and Roger Maltbie must be able to do some real damage at a buffet. 7:55 p.m. Zach Johnson's (3-over) chip rolls about 20 yards off the green on 14. Sorry, Zach, but I love the U.S. Open. The ocean views are awesome at Pebble, but you can't beat the carnage at the inland par-5 14th. 7:52 p.m. Reader Guy Gallant: You should come to Canada for a visit, we'll give you a few good cold ones! You will not regret! Thanks, Guy. Canada's my second-favorite country. I might have to buy since you might be my only reader right now. 7:50 p.m. Mickelson saves his par. Still 1-under. 7:48 p.m. Mickelson's pitch from the rough rolls to within about five feet. Reader Cuttlefish Placedo and the Anyone But Phil crowd hold their breath. 7:45 p.m. Golf.com editor Charlie Hanger writes: Separated at birth: Brendon de Jonge and Danny McBride, a k a Kenny Powers from HBO's Eastbound and Down
really believe that, if Tom Watson makes the cut, and can finish
between +2 and +6 come Sunday, after what he did at the Masters, should
be a story for the media, don't forget, this guy is 60. Phil is 20
years younger, Ryo is 42 years younger! I'm happy we are giving this
guy credit, because he can play. Tom Watson can still play with these
guys, Dubai - T-8, Masters, he was leading after the 1st round...just
saying. 7:32 p.m. 7:27 p.m. 7:25 p.m. 7:21 p.m. Face/Off 7:20 p.m. Is the word pressure even in your Japanese vocabulary? 7:18 p.m. 7:16 p.m. 7:12 p.m. 7:08 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
7:02 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 6:58 p.m. 6:56 p.m. 6:55 p.m. 6:47 p.m. So much for Canada today...had high hopes for the Canuck! who is our biggest golf story in recent years. check it out here 6:45 p.m. I hope this is a
blog that gushes about whomever rattles off four birdies in a row,
whether it's Phil or anyone else. (And I don't care if he's a phony,
he's better entertainment than any other golfer playing today).
I hope this isn't going to be one of those live blogs that gushes over Phil for five hours. You know he's a phony, right? 6:15 p.m. 6:11 p.m. 6:10 p.m. 6:09 p.m. Paul Mahoney Steve Williams (New Zealand) heckles Poulter (England) on the range as
the Englishman heads off for his 2nd round: "Hey, even WE'VE scored more goals than you.
5:56pm 5:53pm 5:47pm 5:44pm 5:39pm 5:35pm veddy maybe 5:31pm 5:27pm 5:24pm 5:15pm
5:14pm 5:10pm 5:08pm 5:05pm No major for Tiger this year. That magic with his putter is what saved him so many times and facilitated so many victories. His driving has never been particularly accurate, even when it was substantially longer than the rest of the field. Those days are long gone. Without the flat stick magic he is just another pro. Whether this has anything to do with him playing in fewer and fewer tournaments is the more appropriate inquiry then whether the personal issues are too hefty a burden, in my humble opinion. Now watch, he'll win by five strokes at St. Andrews just to remind us all how little we know. 4:59pm A minute ago, McDowell, in his press conference, was asked if he thought that winning here would put him in a select company of winners. McDowell said no, because he hadn't a clue who else had won here, other than Tiger. He said, "I'm not a massive golf historian. I'd be lying if I said I was." Nicklaus, Watson and Kite will probably smile at that. Well, no -- Kite won't. 4:54pm 4:50pm 4:46pm 4:43pm Check out this video 4:38pm 4:35pm 4:32pm
4:28pm 4:27pm Johnny, after Michael Campbell shot his second consecutive 7-over-par at the U.S. Open: "He's become consistent. Unfortunately, consistency is 78." 4:24pm 4:20pm 4:18pm 4:17pm 4:13pm 4:12pm 4:10pm horrendous 4:06pm 4:02pm
Tiger misses his birdie putt on no. 8. BUT [dramatic pause...] on no. 9 tee, he pulls driver, rips it, and catches the fairway's downslope and rolls and rolls and rolls... The 505-yard par-4 just became a (much needed) birdie hole for Tiger.
2:56pm 2:55pm 2:52pm 2:49pm 2:45pm 2:43pm 2:42pm 2:38pm 2:36pm Just came in from walking the back nine with Tiger's group (his front nine). No wind at all today and the ocean looks as calm as a bathtub. Woods is out there grinding and the galleries are starting to get thick. It's a great group -- Els and Westwoods are crowd favorites too so it's not just everyone watching Woods. No heckling yet, but 8 a.m. fans usually are still dazed from their 5 a.m wakeup calls. The beer is flowing freely at Pebble now -- seeing more than a few double-fisters -- so you'll hear louder cheers for the rest of the day. 2:33pm 2:31pm Damon Hack's piece
Mike Walker here