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Last Updated: Friday, 15 June 2007, 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK
US Open second round as it happened
Tiger Woods
Woods is on the prowl as he chases a third US Open win
Level (18) A Cabrera
+1 (18) B Watson
+2 (18) A Baddeley
+2 (18) J Rose
+2 (18) S Ames
+2 (18) N Fasth
+3 (18) P Casey

Argentine Angel Cabrera leads the 107th US Open at level par, one shot clear of American Bubba Watson on a tough second day of the US Open at Oakmont.

Overnight leader Nick Dougherty fell back but Aaron Baddeley (70) and Justin Rose (71) posted an early mark of two under and watched the field come back.

England's Paul Casey shot the round of the day - a stunning 66 for three over.

Tiger Woods carded 74 for five over, while Phil Mickelson took 77 to miss the cut - at 10 under - by one.


By Rob Hodgetts


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0033: Sweden's former Ryder Cupper Niclas Fasth finishes at two over after a a second 71.

0012: Two-time champion Retief Goosen cards 77 for 13 over and will have the weekend off. Luke Donald ends with a for 11 over but is knocked out of the tournament when Angel Cabrera holes his birdie putt to nudge the cut to 10 over. That short putt ended the hopes of 18 players on 11 over. Cabrera shoots 71 for level par and the outright lead.

0008: Angel Cabrera fires his second shot into a couple of feet on 18 to set up a birdie chance. If he makes it to lead on his own at level par it will have massive implications for those on 11 under who will miss the cut. And that includes Phil Mickelson.

0005: Angel Cabrera pars the eighth, his 17th, to stay in a share of the lead at one over.

2353: Tiger Woods cards a 74 for five over and was forced to grind again after some more wayward driving. Geoff Ogilvy takes 75 for six over and Scottish amateur Richie Ramsay signs for 74 and 12 over but will miss the cut by one.

2346: Jose Maria Olazabal holes out for a 78 and eight over and makes a funny head-wobbling, cross-eyed gesture by way of celebration that it's all over.

2338: "Get your money on Rose for Sports Personality at 50/1!"
Paul J Denby, via text

2334: Scottish amateur Richie Ramsay chips in at the eighth for a birdie to get back to 12 over. A birdie up the last could just see him back for the weekend.

Playing partners Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy can only manage par threes which will teach them for bagging Richie (see below).

2331: Padraig Harrington birdies the last for a round of 80 and 13 over. Ernie Els hands in a 76 for nine over. The cut currently stands at 11 over, meaning Phil Mickelson will come back for the weekend.

2323: Nick Dougherty ends with a 77 for five over. The Liverpudlian enjoyed a three-shot lead when he reached three under but fell away badly as his putting let him down.

2317: Colin Montgomerie cards 82 for 18 over. Not quite what the Scot had in mind after reaching a play-off here in 1994.

2312: Argentine Angel Cabrera misses a shortish putt on 14 to relinquish his sole lead and join Bubba Watson at level par.

2256: Turns out Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy complained about the pace of Richie Ramsay's play yesterday. What rotters.

The world's destined-to-be-greatest player and the defending US Open champion ganging up on a 23-year-old (24 today) Scottish amateur.

Bad-boy Woods birdies the 6th, his 15th, to get back to four over, while grumpy Ogilvy makes par to stay four over.

Our hero Ramsay also makes birdie, his second in a row, to edge back to 11 over. A couple more of those and he might make the cut.

2252: Angel Cabrera makes one of the more remarkable par fives on the 4th after making his way down the neighbouring hole.

2247: Co-leader David Toms knocks in a tricky one for double bogey on 14 to fall back to one over.

Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy picks up his third striaght birdie to scrap back to four over after 14.

England's Sam Walker escapes the 90 and cards 89 for 19 over. For Boo Weekley fans out there, the great one is six over after 17. Not bad.

2245: Nick Dougherty misses another par putt and drops to four over after 15.

2236: Out of nowhere, clubhouse leaders Aaron Baddeley and Justin Rose, who finished hours ago, are two off the lead. Remarkable.

2232: Angel Cabrera drops a shot at the 3rd, his 12th to share the lead with David Toms at level par.

2230: Sixteen-year-old Canadian amateur Richard Lee withdraws with a wrist injury after 14 holes.

The injury occurred when he tried to get out of the rough at the par-four 11th.

"I had a chip shot, probably 20 feet. It caught my wrist a little bit. It hurt a lot," said Lee, who was 11 over for the day, and 20 over for the tournament.

2221: "I think poor old Sam Walker is going for the 90! He is 15 over for the day after 15 holes!"
Johnmadbag on 606

2216: Tiger Woods drives into the massive Church Pew bunker that lines the left side of the fourth. He refused to practise from the bunker because he said he didn't intend to go in there.

Ernie Els birdies 14 to inch back to eight over and the "Big Easy" is not out of this yet.

2203: Padraig Harrington's disastous second round continues with a double-bogey six on 11 and a triple-bogey eight on the 667-yard par-five 12th.

2153: Tiger Woods escapes with a good bogey after splashing out from the bunker on the 2nd.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is putting together a fairly impressive round and is just one over for the day, four over for the tournament after 14.

2146: Tiger Woods is deep in the long stuff on the side of the innocuous-looking 341-yard 2nd, his 11th, after his first shot out of the rough hooked the club head. He nudges it forward into the left greenside bunker

"Hang on, did you just say Tiger from the rough hits it 180yds with a NINE iron? Holy..."
Dave, Aberdeen via text.

I did indeed Dave. Well, almost 180 anyway. For those of you less aware of yardages, an average hacker (like me) would hit a nine-iron about 130 yards from a good lie.

2139: Colin Montgomerie will just have to wait until Carnoustie to break his major duck as he's sluicing backwards at a rate of knots, currently 16 over.

But surely it's better to win your first major in your home country, in front of your adoring fans, so it's a canny strategy from the veteran Scot.

2135: "I'm getting a bit fed up with all these bogies! I think the USA are preparing 7000+ yard crazy golf courses. Or am I turning into Peter Alliss? By the way, congratulations to Rear Admiral AA "Buster" Buzza after his operation."
From Churchwinston on 606

2126: Nick Dougherty is in danger of dropping another one after firing through the back of the 3rd but conjures a good chip back up the slope, stopping it pin-high. But he misses the par putt to drop further back to three over.

2121: Padraig Harrington has plummetted to nine over after a triple-bogey seven at the 9th followed by a bogey at 10.

"Harrington has blown it again, i had 100 on him to be the best european at 6/1, he will kill me that man ahhhhh!!!!!!"
From Wallaceno7 on 606

2111: Nick Dougherty needs to regroup quickly after dropping another shot at the 2nd, his 11th, to go to two over.

Tiger Woods snatches at his putt on 18 and drags it left for a bogey to drop to three over.

Playing partner Geoff Ogilvy slips to six over and Richie Ramsay drops to 11 over.

2106: Tiger Woods has a massive thrash at one in the left rough on the 18th, his ninth, and after a whirlygig of a swing he nudges it almost 180 yards onto the front edge with an nine iron.

His playing partner, Scottish amateur Richie Ramsay, who is 24 today, is scrapping away at 10 over and is right on the projected cut mark.

2101: Big-hitting Argentine Angel Cabrera rolls in a cutey on 16, his seventh, to become the only player under par at minus one.

2054: Stephen Ames, formerly of Trinidad, now of Canada, climbs to one over after eight.

Colin Montgomerie wants the world to open up and swallow him as he slumps to 14 over following a triple-bogey seven on the 10th.

2047: Olin Browne drops a shot at his 10th hole to slip back to one over.

2035: News from further down the leaderboard, and Jose Maria Olazabal has dropped four shots in his first six holes for four over. Geoff Ogilvy is also four over after six, while Graeme McDowell answers three straight bogeys with three pars for five over.

Ernie Els has had four bogeys in his frst seven holes and is seven over, while Colin Montgomerie is 10 over after a run of four straight bogeys.

2031: Nick Dougherty bogeys the 18th, his ninth, to fall back to one over.

2027: Tiger Woods drops a shot at the 15th, his sixth, to go back to two over.

2024: The 48-year-old Olin Browne birdies 18, his ninth, to join the leaders on level par.

2018: All change at the top as David Toms edges to level with birdies at four and five as former Open champion Ben Curtis drops back.

2008: Sorry Padraig, my fault. No sooner do I write that he's doing ok than he misses a tiddler for par on six to drop back to five over.

2000: Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who was fifth last year, is scrapping away at four over through five holes.

BBC Radio Five Live's Iain Carter reports that Justin Rose was struggling badly with his hay fever and even had a nose bleed at one point during his second-round 71.

1950: Nick Dougherty is beginning to unravel as he follows a bogey at 14 with a double at 15 to slip back to level par. No-one is now in red figures.

1931: Tiger Woods birdies the monster 12th after laying up with his second and firing a pitch to eight feet. He moves back to one over as Geoff Ogilvy pitches onto the green and off again into a bunker. He splashes out and takes a bogey six to go two over.

Ernie Els slides to five over after four holes.

1929: Nick Dougherty three-putts the 14th, his fifth, to slip back to two under.

1923: Colin Montgmerie drops a shot on the 4th to slip to seven over.

Jose Maria Olazabal opens with two bogeys for two over. His playing partner Pablo Martin is also two over but Sergio Garcia, the third member of the trio, is 11 over.

1912: Nick Dougherty makes birdie on the 13th, his fourth, to creep to three over. Angel Cabrera drops a shot on the 1st to drop back to level, leaving the Englishman with a three-shot lead.

Ernie Els drops a shot at the 3rd to slide to four over.

1907: Tiger Woods leaves himself a long one for par on 11, his second, and slips back to two over.

Playing partner Geoff Ogilvy, in a lurid yellow shirt not dissimilar to Woods' (do pros check with each other pre-round to avoid wearing the same thing?), makes his par to stay one over.

1900: Ernie Els pars the 1st to stay three over. What price a repeat of his 1994 triumph at Oakmont?

Angel Cabrera is in trouble on the 10th, his first, and could leave Nick Dougherty with a two-shot lead.

1850: As the late starters all emerge on the course the top of the leaderboard is beginning to get shuffled. Jose Maria Olazabal bogeys the 1st to slip back to one over.

Tiger Woods pars the 10th, his first, to stay one over, and partner Geoff Ogilvy also takes par to remain one over.

1843: Justin Rose taps in for a par on 18 and a second straight round of 71 to join Aaron Baddeley in the clubhouse lead at two over.

Currently, the projected cut (top 60 and ties) will be at 10 over, meaning all those worse than 10 over will miss out on the weekend.

1836: Tiger Woods looks to have come out with a gameplan and takes a two-iron off the 10th tee, his first. Strange plan, because he splats it in the rough.

1833: Nick Dougherty is in trouble in a deep greenside bunker on the 11th but makes a great par save, while Colin Montgomerie birdies the 2nd to inch back to six over.

Australian Aaron Baddeley sets the new clubhouse lead at two over after a level-par round of 70.

1824: Willy86 on 606 points out that Phil Mickelson is bottom of the driving distance stats with an average length of just 258.3 yards. Sean O'Hair leads at 319.3, having hit a 395-yard drive today.


1822: Nick Dougherty makes a tricky eight-footer for par on the 10th, his first, to stay in the lead at two under.

Justin Rose and his shop assistant shirt narrowly miss a birdie chance on 17 to stay two over.

1817: Jim Furyk cards 75 for six over, Phil Mickelson takes 77 for 11 over and Adam Scott ends with 82 for 18 over.

Colin Montgomerie drains a long one for bogey on the 1st to go seven over.

1814: Overnight leader Nick Dougherty finds the 10th green, his first, in regulation.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell birdies the first to get to two over.

1810: Phil Mickelson looked down and out anyway but he is hacking about is some very thick stuff on the 18th.

Justin Rose makes a birdie two on the short 16th to inch his way to two over.

Vijay Singh ends with a 77 for eight over and Ian Poulter cards 77 for nine over.

1807: Paul Casey: "A hell of a turnaround from yesterday's 77. I really struggled with the swing and was disappointed because I put a lot of work in before coming here.

"The goal today was to try to make the cut and get as close to level par as I could. I made a couple of birdies early on and the confidence sky-rocketed.

"I've played a lot of good rounds but that has to be right up there."

1751: Paul Casey faces a tough chip from the fringe on 18 but plays it cutely to set up a par for a stunning round of 66 and three over. That's 11 shots better than yesterday.

Remarkable really, in the context of the other big names sluicing backwards in the tide.

1743: Phil Mickelson makes another bogey on the short 16th to slide to 10 over.

1730: An impressive late charge from Lee Westwood, who makes three birdies in a row from the 2nd, his 11th, to inch back to six over.

Phil Mickelson, though, drops another shot at the 15th for nine over. He's likely to be right on the cusp of scraping inside the cut and can afford no more slip-ups.

Playing partner Adam Scott, the world number four, is 11 over for the day, 17 over for the tournament. Jim Furyk fights back to four over and is in the mix.

1727: Justin Rose,sporting a shirt that could have come from a checkout girl at British Home Stores, misses another birdie putt on 13 to stay three over.

The clubhouse leader is American Brandt Snedeker who adds a 73 to his 71 for four over.

1723: Paul Casey makes the first significant move for a while and inches to three over with another birdie on the 7th, his 16th. He's four under for the day now.

Australian Aaron Baddeley is still the best-placed player on the course at two over after 13.

1713: Phil Mickelson, black strides flapping in the wind, drains a 10-footer for a rare birdie on 14 to inch back to eight over. The crazy thing is, that may not be out of it at this rate.

Justin Rose has a birdie chance on 12 but his putt bends left to stay three over following six straight pars. And that's certainly well-placed for a weekend charge.

1706: Paul Casey saves an important par on six, his 15th, getting up and down from a greenside bunker to stay four over.

Ian Poulter plummets to nine over after a seven following two to get out of a deep, greenside bunker on the 14th.

1704: Phil Mickelson leaves himself a 12-footer for par on the 13th and misses to continue his slide to nine over.

His playing partner Jim Furyk slots in a good one to edge back to five over, which could well be right amongst in by tonight.

1657: Cuzza500 on 606 brings up a oft-debated topic. He/she says, "I wonder if we'll be hearing any carnoustiesque (1999) comments in regards to this set up. Well I suppose only if its won by an unknown.

"Don't envy those of you watching this on TV, if I wanted to see a golfer shoot 84 or above I'd video myself on the golf course more often!

"But I suppose Tiger will win it with +3 and everybody will applaud the USPGA on a marvellous set up!!"

My own personal opinion on this, for what it's worth and you may say absolutely nothing (which is absolutely fine), is that it doesn't matter what the winning score is.

The fact is that one man will have taken less than the others, which is the whole point of golf. And if that man happens to be a Mr T Woods, then so be it. It just underlines how good he is.

1651: "Can someone tell me what the obsession is with Mickelson, that's all the live text guys and the tv channels seem to focus on? He's injured, doing average and there are guys nearer the top of the leaderboard playing now. Can we hear about them please?"
Goldmatt on 606

Well, he is world number two, almost won last year, is one of the best players of his generation and is clearly box office, so he's worthy of mentioning a few times.

And I did mention Tom Pernice Jr twice in two entries earlier!"

1643: Scoring is proving far more difficult than Thursday's benign morning conditions, owing to faster greens and a fresh breeze. Among those slipping back at US-based Swede Carl Pettersson, who drops two shots to four over after 11.

Vijay Singh, Fred Funk, JJ Henry and Kevin Sutherland are also on plus four having started the day much higher.

English pair Lee Westwood and Anthony Wall are also going backwards at a rate of knots and are both eight over midway through their second rounds.

1637: This made me laugh.

"Phil Mickelson has played in 107 US Opens? (see below). Blimey, you know what they say about fat hiding the wrinkles."
Via text

1635: The text commentator's curse does for Tom Pernice Jr, who slips back, leaving Aussie Aaron Baddeley the highest-placed player on course at two over after 11.

1631: The highest-placed player on course is American Tom Pernice Jr, who picks up birdies at 13 and 14 for two over.

1626: Phil Mickelson grimaces as a 12-foot birdie putt on 11 slips agonisingly past to stay eight over.

Playing partner Adam Scott is having a miserable time at 12 over, while former champion Jim Furyk has plummetted to six over.

Another big name checking out of Oakmont tonight is Swedish world number six Henrik Stenson, who is 13 over after 12.

1620: Ian Poulter, in a rather more staid outfit than Thursday of salmon pink strides and white shirt, takes a double on 11 to slide to six over.

Vijay Singh also leaks two shots on the third, his 12th, to drop back to four over.

1618: Justin Rose steadies his ship with a third straight par at the 9th to stay two over for the day, three over for the tournament.

1611: Phil Mickelson's 107th US Open seems to have run its course as he slumps to eight over with a double-bogey on the 10th. He's gone double bogey, bogey, bogey, double bogey in his last four. All that stuff I was going on about sticking with it earlier - may be a bit late for Phil now!

1602: Cheers "Orlo". Afternoon golf fans, how are we?

I'm excited. There may be some ups and some downs along the way from now until Sunday night, but it has a European - may I even be so bold as to say English - feel about it. We'll see.

Tiger Woods gave the ultimate lesson yesterday in sticking with it and not giving up despite playing scrappily. Lo and behold, he ends the day right in the shooting match.

Old adages are old and well-used for a reason, and "it's not how, it's how many" is one of the best. For golf at any rate.

That's something us amateurs could learn from when we start blowing up after a couple of bad shots. Anyway, to the action.

By Mark Orlovac


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1556: That's my brief stint done, thanks for the company. Hodgo will now take you home.

1549: Oops. Mickelson drops yet another shot. Six over now and the rot better stop soon if he wants to be here this weekend. Casey pars the 2nd while Baddeley drops a shot at the last, his ninth, to move back to one over.

1547: Calm stuff from Casey who lobs his third shot to the back of the green and watches as the ball gradually inches its way back to the hole.

1543: Back to Mickelson, who has again been undone by the pace of the greens. He has a monster birdie putt at the 9th after his second shot gives him a lot of work to do. He gets the ball over the ridge but it goes past the hole, off the green and into the rough.

1540: Casey is short at the 2nd in an attempt to give himself an uphill putt. His shot is too short though and the ball heartbreakingly rolls and rolls and rolls 20 yards or so off the green and down the fairway. Par is the best he can hope for now.

1536: "My worst round - The Roxburghe Golf Course in the Scottish borders, by the time I got to the 15th I was on for about a 150/160! Tee shot on the 15th in front of the course owner, the Duke of Roxburghe, went 200 yards up, 50 yards left into deep, deep jungle-esq rough. Second tee shot into the River Tweed 200 yards to my left! The only people amused where my playing partners and the Duke!!!
From Douginho on 606

1534: Mickelson's tee shot at the 9th looks straight and true but the ball takes a massive kick and rolls into the lush rough. The ball can still be seen however, so it might not be that bad.

1532: Lee Westwood is not enjoying himself out there. After that bogey at his first, he then drops shots at the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th and is now on seven over.

1527: Casey pars the 1st with the help of a monster birdie putt that just, and only just, rolls past the hole. Good way to steady the ship. Mickelson meanwhile is deceived by the lightening-fast greens and bogeys the 8th. It has been quite an expensive 20 minutes for the two-time Masters champion.

1524: Mickelson has to produce an impressive bunker shot after finding sand at the 8th. As good as that shot is though, his par putt is not a gimme.

1521: Mickelson's charge comes to an abrupt halt when he cards a double bogey six at the 7th. Not good. A hole behind, Rose sinks the tricky birdie putt for the first red figure of the day.

1517: Justin Rose bogeys the 4th and 5th to move out to four over but a fine tee shot at the 6th gives him the chance of a birdie.

1514: Casey has a disappointing end to his back nine with a bogey five at the 484-yard 18th.

1508: Mickelson is also making a move. Lefty's second birdie of the day at the par-three sixth means he is on two over, four off the lead.

1500: Yet another shot clawed back by Casey, this time at the 17th - his eighth. What a start from the 29-year-old Englishman, he is now on three over.

1451: "I hit 112 on a par-three nine-hole course. Golf is on about the same level as sword swallowing as a source of pleasure."
From NOSIDA on 606

1446: Aussie Aaron Baddeley is now level par thanks to a birdie at the par-four 14, which is his fifth. Phil Mickelson is three over par overall after claiming his first birdie of the day at the 609-yard 4th.

1434: "Casey's two birdies so far are both on holes he bogied yesterday, talk about learning from your mistakes. They course isn't playing as slow as yesterday morning, will be surprised if anyone finishes today with an under par total."
From Trents on 606

1429: Afternoon all. Just a brief stint from me today before my colleague Rob Hodgetts takes you through the evening.

Talking of high scores, I played the lovely Silvermere course recently and together with my playing partners, had a complete disaster on the tricky 18th. Don't know what it is about that hole, the green seems 20 yards closer than it looks so consequently I just kept putting my poorly-judged iron shots in the water. It ended up with all four of us aimlessly trying to just get on the dancefloor - too stubborn to concede defeat. Dreadful. My card is still sitting on the side, I haven't got the heart to try and work out what that last hole did to my total.

By Sarah Holt

1420: Paul Casey has really hit his groove at Oakmont - and I really don't want to curse him - as he sinks a third birdie at the 14th (his fifth as he started on the back nine) to move to four over for the tournament.

Justin Rose bogeys his second to move to two over overall. Vijay Singh sinks a birdie on the 14th (his fifth) to haul himself back to three over. Jim Furyk drops a couple of shots to slide back to three over. Phil Mickelson keeps it steady despite his dodgy wrist and pops in three pars to stay on four over.

And just as I sign off to hand over to my colleague, my pal Darron Stiles drops another bogey for nine over overall. Oh dear.

1405: "I won a golf tournament as a junior at Camberley Heath a few years ago. The following year, as defending champion I had to tee off first with the rest of the field, the club secretary, the pro and a few parents watching. I went swipe (miss), swipe (miss) and then swipe (faintest of touches and the ball trickled over the edge of the tee into some gorse. The whole episode was easily the worst 10 minutes of my life to date! Golf eh?
From Tennisorgolf on 606

1400: Australian Aaron Baddeley birdies the 379-yard 11th to move into the group on one over and England's Justin Rose plays it steady again to par his first hole to stay on one over.

A quick scan down the leaderboard for you. Lee Westwood bogeys his first at the 10th to slide to three over. Vijay Singh collects bogeys at the 11th, 12th and 13th to move to four over.

Two solid pars from Phil Mickelson keeps him on four over while Casey keeps it consistent to par his fourth and stay on five over. And for anyone who still cares, Darron Stiles stops his bogey run with three pars. Phew!

1349: "Surely Sergio's +18 89 at Carnoustie in '99 has to be up there with the worst scores ever by a pro!!"
From Junior39 on 606

1345: England's Paul Casey follows up his birdie on his opening 10th with another on the 12th to move to five over for the tournament. Poulter has parred his second to stay on three over while Phil Mickelson remains on four over after parring his opening hole.

"Casey has made a terrific start as he is the only player to be under par for the second round. But conditions are so tough that I don't think any player will break par today."
BBC Five Live's golf correspondent Iain Carter.

1336: "Great first day yesterday - come on the Ogivlmiester I know you can do it! The first competition I ever played in I was a bag of nerves. I shot 104!!! I was on 94 going to the 18th and took 10! I turned around as I "sank"(from one foot) my last putt and I could hear the captain say to one of his mates 'This guy's a farce Maxi, an absolute farce'!!! Needless to say I didn't go back there to play again."
From DunDoire on 606

1320: Back to the serious stuff. Ian Poulter drops a shot on his opener and goes back to two over. Vijay Singh bogeys his second to move back to two-over. My friend Darron Stiles makes it four bogeys in a row.

1317: "The other day I played a 9 hole course in 53, 23 over par. At the last I nearly decapited a horse but luckily it ducked just in time."
From Ahmadsarmy on 606

1311: "The players are going to face a severe test and it is only going to get worst as the day goes along.

"The Europeans are knocking at the door and there is no greater contingent here than the British, outside of the Americans. There are 14 here and many of them are genuine contenders."
BBC Five Live's golf correspondent Iain Carter.

1305: Tom Pernice birdies his second to move into the huge pack of players on one under. Vijay Singh pars his opener to stay amongst that group BUT, I hate to say it, Darron Stiles has only gone and bogeyed his third. I am a curse.

1259: "I played in our cricket club's golf day a few weeks ago and one bloke playing for the first time went round in 221. Only 151 over par! I wonder what the worst round someone like Woods has ever shot?"
From CreamCakesHes on 606

1254: And the first birdie of the day goes to .... England's Paul Casey who sunk the 435-yard 10th in three to move to six over.

1248: "A friend of mind once said he was proud to get under 200. I think he would have been better throwing it or playing with a snooker cue."
Tim via text.

1244: I hope I haven't cursed Mr Stiles, he's dropped another bogey on his second hole of the day at the 11th. Elsewhere, the 17 other players out on the course are ticking over nicely.

1240: "Highest on a hole - on Monday, playing a corporate day and I was on fire - 7 pars on the spin, and of 24 that was very nice indeed. Then came the 18th. Shall I be clever and try and birdie? No, down the middle. Then in the water. Then in the water. Then in the water. Then 3 putt. 12. Wasn't happy at all....."
From LargeJaymo on 606

1235: "In terms of a European winner, Justin Rose is our best bet, but don't discount Monty. He only needs a couple under par today to be right back into contention. You have to worry about the likes of Woods, Singh, Ogilvy though ...
From Woodyhammer on 606

1227: Early stages at Oakmont, but it's been a steady start for those teeing off proceedings. From the six players out and about there have been five pars and one bogey. Dear Darron Stiles, 34, of Florida you were the first man to blot your card in the second round.

1222: "The way the greens are going to end up on Sunday it will be like putting in a bath trying to stop your ball short of the plughole."
From Sensationalpeechy on 606

1215: "My worst ever score was 112, but when my mum first played a few years ago she knocked it round in 183, in a women's medal. Not bad going first time out I thought. Only 113 over par. Probably be the winning score at the US Open this week."
From DadoTheFrazman on 606

1210: We should be under way now in Pennsylvania and here's some names to look out for amongst the early starters. Starting on the front nine at 1255 is Ian Poulter (+2) and he is swiftly followed in the next group by Phil Mickelson (+4) and 2003 champion Jim Furyk (+1).

On the back nine, Paul Casey (+7) goes out at 1233 , followed by Vijay Singh (+1). Dougherty (-2) is out at 1803 while Tiger Woods (+1) goes out at 1836.

1155: "I think Vijay Singh has a chance playing quite early and if he can find his putting form he has a serious chance. Tiger will struggle in the afternoon and I don't think this year it will be an American champion."
From JCbaggies on 606

1140: Those in the know are expecting the scores to soar as conditions get tougher.

"It is going to be a supreme test and challenge."
BBC Five Live's golf correspondent Iain Carter.

And here's what Dougherty thinks: "The course is barbaric."

So if we're talking big scores would any of you out there be willing to confess the biggest number to blot your card and how it came about? 606 please.

1130: Morning all. We're set to tee off for the second round of the US Open and looks like the players should be steeling themselves for a bruising encounter with the Oakmont course.

Those out and about early on Thursday took advantage of the rain-softened conditions, amongst them Liverpool's Nick Dougherty plundered a two-under 68 to take the lead.

BUT there is no rain forecast for Friday which means the formidable greens will quicken and the fairways will dry up.

To make things even more tricky, organisers are expected to move the more generous pin positions to less accessible spots on the green.

The start is at 1200 BST and we need lots of chat from you on what lies in store on day two. On 606 and via text if you please.

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