Notes & Quotes from players at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont

1 of 8 John Biever/SI
Phil Mickelson 74-77 (+11) "The double [at No. 7] hurt, but you're going to make that, that wasn't that big of a deal. I thought 7, 8, 9, 10, that's the stretch if I play them two-over it's not going to kill me, but if I could par the next three I'd be all right. But that stretch did me in."
2 of 8 Al Tielmans/SI
Bubba Watson 70-71 (+1) "It was tough for me today. I'm not good on afternoon rounds ... because I got up this morning and checked to see the coverage. And waiting around all day thinking about how the bad shots were going to be and the good shots were going to be, but I hung in there. And if I can do that the next two days, it will be a real good thing."
3 of 8 John Biever/SI
Paul Casey 77-66 (+3) "This is right up there in terms of best round ever. If I had kept the bogey off the card, without a doubt it would have been. But I consider the U.S. Open to be the toughest test in golf. This is possibly the toughest golf course I've ever played, and I feel very, very lucky to have shot 66 on it."
4 of 8 John Biever/SI
Jim Furyk 71-75 (+6) "Obviously I would have liked to have gotten that round in at 72, 73. I had it three-over with two to play and making bogey on 17 stinks, being a short hole like that."
5 of 8 Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Justin Rose 71-71 (+2) Rose led the 2004 Masters after 36 holes. "I think Augusta was probably a big step forward for me in terms of learning and believing that I actually felt comfortable and felt like I could go ahead and win it. And I sort of surprised myself how much I was enjoying the occasion. That's what you're meant to do; you're meant to enjoy it, I suppose. That was kind of a nice realization."
6 of 8 Simon Bruty/SI
Aaron Baddeley 72-70 (+2) "As I look back at 2000 and 2004 ... I drive the ball better now, my character, who I am as a person, is so much stronger now because of those times, and I feel now that I have the patience and I have the tools to be able to play on the weekend and contend in the U.S. Open."
7 of 8 Chris Condon/Wire Image
Brandt Snedeker 71-73 (+4) "I don't really drive it that straight for as medium length as I am, but I'm a great grinder. I love it when conditions are tough. I love getting up-and-down for pars. I love making eight, nine, ten-footers for par, and I guess that style fits it ... If I have two more days with the driver like I did today, I'll be fine."
8 of 8 Simon Bruty/SI
Carl Pettersson 72-72 (+4) "I wasn't looking at the scoreboard. It's so hard out there, you have to concentrate on what you're doing and try to make pars and sometimes try to make bogeys."