The 2010 US Open leaderboard is not what many expected. After day 1, the 2010 US Open leaderboard doesn’t have any big stars threatening. Of course, this makes the US Open no different from any other major where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are behind. In fact, since golfers that no one had their eyes on are leading thus far, it is basically par for the course. But, today, if the 2010 US Open leaderboard is going to change, Woods and Mickelson need to move up fast.
As of 11 a.m. est, Shawn Micheel has jumped to sole possession of the lead. Heading into the day, he was tied with Paul Casey and Brendon de Jonge at -2. After getting a birdie on his second hole, Micheel is -3, and ahead on the 2010 US Open leaderboard, as Casey and de Jonge start their rounds.
The likes of K.J. Choi, Mike Weir and Ian Poulter trail at -1, along with surprising names like Ryo Ishikawa and Alex Cejka. But, the focus is on players that are further down the 2010 US Open leaderboard, such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Yesterday, neither Woods nor Mickelson got a birdie in their opening rounds. Mickelson was the first to head out, and promptly shot +4 to end up six shots down. Woods went out later in the day, but did little better, shooting +3. Now, both superstars need to avoid going down any further today.
Given how the 2010 US Open leaderboard looks after day 1, it doesn’t look like anyone will have really low scores, like Woods did in 2000. As such, if someone stays at around even par, they should be in contention much of the way. However, Woods and Mickelson need several birdies just to get back even, and must avoid too many more bogies.
Along with Woods and Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els are also low on the 2010 US Open leaderboard. Thus far, it looks like yet another major where lesser known players will be in control. But, Weir and Micheel have won majors before, and Choi threatened at this year’s Masters, so these early leaders are not in uncharted territory.
However, this is only the second day of competition, so there is more than enough time for others to make a move. Today is mainly about making the cut, and proving that successful first rounds were not a fluke. The 2010 US Open leaderboard still has a lot of changes ahead of it, starting with today.
Coverage of the second round begins at 1 p.m. est on ESPN, before moving to NBC at 3 p.m., and back to ESPN from 5-10 p.m..
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