>> Friday, June 19, 2009
The day after Thursday's play was suspended due to heavy rains at Bethpage Black, play resumed at the 2009 U.S. Open Championship on Friday only to see the favored champions struggle throughout the first round. After shooting his highest opening round score since 2006, Tiger Woods is in danger of missing the cut going into weekend play. Woods completed first round play with a 74 - 4 over par. Woods finished 10 strokes behind the then leader Mike Weir, who opened first round play with a 64 in better afternoon conditions.
Heading to the 15th hole, Woods was only one shot out of the lead when disaster struck. After the last four holes, Woods was four over par. Currently, Woods is in danger of missing his first major cut since the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot where he shot a 76 playing for the first time after his father's death. Personally, I believe Tiger will make the cut with a strong second round finish. Nobody is better when his back is against the wall than Tiger Woods. He defines himself under pressure, one reason I love to watch him. It will be interesting to see how the remainder of the U.S. Open pans out!