Vlosich duplicates Haas
Kohler, Wis. – Ron Vlosich played hole nine identical to Jay Haas, even the bogey part. Vlosich entered the hole wit the opportunity to move to second all by himself, but a bogey moved him backwards. Vlosich shot a 1-under par 71, and is tied with four others for seventh place.
Fernandez in familiar spot
Kohler, Wis. – Vicente Fernandez finished with three consecutive pars on the front nine and shot a 2-under 70. His score gives him a total of 139, three strokes behind the leader. He was three behind the leader yesterday as well.
On his chances on earning a major title Fernandez stated, “I’ve been trying in majors for 11 years and still trying for one, it’s been elusive…but I’m still hoping.”
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Purtzer had 8 one-putts en route to a second round 67. Purtzer is tied with four others for seventh place.
Purtzer paid tribute to the golf course in his post-round comments, “It is a brutal golf course. You can’t fall asleep out there.”
Kohler, Wis. – Ron Vlosich is making a late-day run. He has birdied three consecutive holes and is now 4-under par headed to the 6th hole.
This is Vlosich’s first U.S. Senior Open. He qualified at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, home of next year’s U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Back troubles part of Romero’s woes
Kohler, Wis. – First round leader Eduardo Romero admitted pain in his back plagued his ability to drive the ball well. Romero told reporters, “Today I don’t feel good, hopefully my back is better tomorrow.” He did have some optimism, “I go to weekend one under, ok, still two more rounds to go.”
Romero finishes poorly
Kohler, Wis. – Opening round leader Eduardo Romero closed out his second round with a triple bogey on No. 18. The Argentinean posted a 5-over par 77. He is seven back of leader Tom Watson going into the weekend.
Purtzer closing in
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Purtzer is six under today. He birdied the 16th hole and is now three behind the leaders after starting the day one over par.
Purtzer’s showing is consistent with performances on the Champions Tour this year. He has seven top 10 appearances in 14 events.
Easy 16th gets Romero
Kohler, Wis. – Easy is a relative term at Whistling Straits, but No. 16 has statistically played as the easiest hole this week. It has claimed one prominent victim today. Eduardo Romero bogeyed the hole and dropped to four over for the championship.
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Purtzer is taking advantage of the wind not being much of a factor this afternoon. He birdied the par-4 14th, and is now five under today.
He is part of a three way tie for seventh at four under par.
Torrance moving, Romero holding
Kohler, Wis. – Famed European Ryder Cup player Sam Torrance is now four under for the day. Like Tom Purtzer he stated the day one over par, but a 33 on the front nine and a birdie at the 13th have him moving up the leaderboard.
Eduardo Romero made a birdie on No. 12 and a par on No. 13. He is back to five under for the championship.
Purtzer making noise
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Purtzer has birdied two consecutive holes on the back nine, Nos. 10 and 11, and is three under for the championship.
Purtzer started the day one over, but two birdies on the front nine and two more on the back have him moving up the leaderboard.
Kohler, Wis. – Curtis Strange’s drive on No. 11 veered right, but he put himself back into position to birdie the par-5 with a couple of good shots. Unfortunately his birdied putt never broke, and he made par on the hole. Strange posted three under on the front side.
Eduardo Romero made a birdie putt on No. 12 from 15-feet. The putt moves him back to five under par.
Kohler, Wis. – After moving to six under, Jon Fiedler has started to falter. He made consecutive bogeys on holes Nos. 14 and 15.
Fiedler does have a chance to regain some ground at the 16th. It is playing as the third easiest hole today, one of three on the backside that is playing under par.
Eaks goes up, Romero goes down
Kohler, Wis. – R.W. Eaks made a short birdie putt on No. 16. He is four under on the backside of the golf course.
Eduardo Romero struggled at the par-4 10th. Despite hitting the fairway, Romero three-putted the green. He drops to four under for the championship.
Haas, Irwin, Romero make turn
Kohler, Wis. – Eduardo Romero was the only one in this group to hit the fairway on the ninth hole. Romero reached the green in two and then two-putted for par. Romero is five under for the championship.
Haas and Irwin both missed the fairway to the right. Haas played short of the green, but sent his chip way past the hole. He two putted for birdie. Irwin reached the green, and two-putted for par. Irwin is five over for the championship, Haas is one over.
Fernandez moves up
Kohler, Wis. – Vicente Fernandez made a 10-foot putt on No. 14 to move to four under. Fernandez has played consistently today. He has hit five out five greens and three out of four fairways.
Fellow Argentinean, Eduardo Romero, continues his inconsistent play today. He has hit only two of five fairways.
One way to do it
Kohler, Wis. – Jon Fiedler was the first of the players tied at three under yesterday to make a move today. On the par-5 11th, Fiedler two-hopped a wedge into the hole to make eagle.
One the opposite side of the golf course, Eduardo Romero, made a bogey to fall back to five under.
Kohler, Wis. – His former college teammate, Ben Crenshaw, did it earlier, now Tom Kite looks poised to make a run. Kite made a short putt on No. 14 for birdie and is now three under for the championship.
Romero back to six under, Fernandez misses birdie chance
Kohler, Wis. – Eduardo Romero knocked his third shot to five feet and made the putt on the par-5 5th hole. The birdie moved him back to even par today, 6-under for the championship.
Meanwhile, Vicente Fernandez had a chance for birdie on No. 11. His 10-foot putt started right and never broke back to the hole. He is even par today through two.
Kite under par
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Kite joins the list of players under par. He made an eagle putt from 12-feet on No. 11. Kite is now tied with seven others for 15th.
The only other eagle on No. 11 was made by Mark McNulty earlier today.
Romero struggling off the tee
Kohler, Wis. – Eduardo Romero can’t find a fairway, at least he hasn’t yet. Romero, who dropped a shot with a bogey on the second hole, has missed the first three fairways. Yesterday, he was 11/14 on fairways hit.
Nielsen misses short one
Kohler, Wis. – Lonnie Nielsen played No. 18 textbook style, almost. Nielson hit the fairway and then the green, lagged a putt to three feet, then pushed his second putt. The bogey caused him to finish with a 1-under 71.
Nielsen is one of four players tied at 5-under par 139.
Roberts and Wisconsin
Kohler, Wis. – Loren Roberts feels at home in Wisconsin. The winner of two Greater Milwaukee Opens said after the round, “I’m kind of an honorary cheesehead.”
Crenshaw keeps it safe
Kohler, Wis. – Ben Crenshaw hit his shot from 179 yards short of the green on hole nine. The flagstick is tucked on the front right part of the green. With a bunker and lateral water hazard close to the green, he is one of several players electing to play short.
Crenshaw pitched his ball to five feet, sank the putt, and finished with a 5-under par 67.
An uncomfortable 66
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Watson closed his round with a par to shoot 66, and tie for the low round of the championship. He is in the lead at eight under.
Watson didn’t attribute his play to his knowledge of the golf course, “I’ve played it five times now and I still don’t understand it.”
oberts three back
Kohler, Wis. – Loren Roberts tapped in for birdie on No. 18. Roberts shot a 3-under 72. He is five under for the championship.
Kohler, Wis. – Allen Doyle will not be the U.S. Senior Open’s first three-peat champion. He tapped in for a par on No. 18. He finished at even today, 11-over for the championship.
Gentle Ben again
Kohler, Wis. – Ben Crenshaw is now 5-under through seven. His birdie attempt on seven just missed on the low side of the hole. ‘Gentle Ben’ is tied with Lonnie Nielsen for third. Crenshaw only had 22 putts yesterday.
Kohler, Wis. – Bob Ford recorded a hole-in-one at the 166-yard third hole. Ford, the head professional at Oakmont Country Club and recent host professional of the 2007 U.S. Open, used a 7-iron to make the shot. The hole-in-one is the 15th of his career, six of which have occurred in competition.
Ford is 11-over for the championship through 13 holes.
Kohler, Wis. - A fade off the eighth tee cost Tom Watson in the second round. Watson's ball landed in a fairway bunker. Faced with a tough lie, Watson punched out to the fairway. He got on the green in three but couldn't save par with a 24-foot putt. He absorbed bogey to lose a stroke, standing eight over par.
Three players at five under
Kohler, Wis. – Three players on the golf course are five under. Lonnie Nielsen, Jeff Coston, and Jim Woodward are all tied for third.
Nielsen has two birdies and a bogey today through 13 holes. Coston has three birdies through 11 holes, and Woodward has a birdie and a bogey through 10 holes.
Watson Has Touch
Kohler, Wis. - The birdie-fest continues. Tom Watson nailed an 8-foot, right-to-left putt to drop to nine under par for the championship. He's on pace to post the championship's lowest round, surpassing first-round leader Eduardo Romero's 6-under 66.
Woodward scrambles for par
Kohler, Wis. – Playing out of a bunker on the right side of the green, Jim Woodward hit his third shot to four feet. Woodward’s par putt dropped after circling the edge the hole. He heads to the backside of the course at even par today.
Kohler, Wis. – Loren Roberts made a birdie on No. 14. The birdie moves him to four under for the championship.
Watson Goes Lower
Kohler, Wis. - After taking par on the fourth hole, Tom Watson continued his blistering run with an 8-foot birdie. He set it up with an approach that landed past the hole but spun back 5 feet.
He stands at eight under par. The gap-toothed Watson smiled and lifted his putter toward the gallery amid raucous applause.
Crenshaw birdies another, ties Roberts
Kohler, Wis. – Ben Crenshaw birdied the first hole. He joins Loren Roberts and three others at three under par.
Roberts continues to play consistent golf. The 2005 runner-up is 1-under today through 13 holes.
Coston making move
Kohler, Wis. – Jeff Coston birdied No. 16, his second birdie today, and is four under for the championship.
Coston had a top-20 finish at the other Champions Tour Major this year, the Senior PGA Championship.
Watson Still Hot
Kohler, Wis. - Tom Watson picked up yet another stroke, falling to seven under, when he navigated in a 5-footer for birdie on the par-3 third hole Friday morning. The ball was hole-high, from right to left.
In the meantime, fellow competitor Larry Nelson struggled for a second straight hole, missing another putt from 4 feet or closer.
Crenshaw under par
Kohler, Wis. – Ben Crenshaw started his second round at even par. Birdies on No. 14 and No. 16 moved him to two under as he makes the turn.
Early indications show that the back side of the golf course is playing easier than the front today.
Watson Wows 'Em
Kohler, Wis. - Tom. Watson hovered.
over what appeared to be a perilous putt but calmly dropped in the 10-footer for a birdie on the second hole to fall to six under for the championship.
Watson had to scramble out of the left rough first. He chipped from 90 yards, his ball stopping 10 feet above the hole. Staring at a downhill putt, with little break, he tapped in the slow roller. Fellow competitor Mark O'Meara ended what could have been a disastrous hole when he overshot the green. His ball stopped in a collection area, 25 feet well below the hole. But O'Meara finessed the ball to a foot before tapping in.
Vaughan, Nielsen steady
Kohler, Wis. – Bruce Vaughan and Lonnie Nielsen continue to play steady golf on the front side of the course. Both are at four under, where they started the second round.
It should come as no surprise that Nielsen won last week in New York. All of his notable victories have been PGA events in the Empire State.
Watson drops a shot
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Watson was unable to match the score for low back nine. He bogeyed No. 18 and shot a 3-under par 33 on the back. Watson is in second place at five under for the championship.
Morgan, Roberts, Lietzke at three under
Kohler, Wis. – Gil Morgan continues to have a rollercoaster day. Morgan bogeyed No. 10 to start, birdied No. 12, bogeyed No. 15, then birdied No. 16. He is back to where he started at three under for the championship.
Loren Roberts and Bruce Lietzke have had steadier rounds. Both birdied their respective fifth hole of the day, on opposite sides of the course, to move to three under for the championship.
A tie at the top
Kohler, Wis. – Two holes into his second round, Jim Woodward is one under par and now tied for the lead with Eduardo Romero, and one other, Tom Watson.
Watson is on fire today. He recorded his fourth consecutive birdie on the par-3 17th. Watson is four under on his opening nine today.
Watson feeling at home
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Watson made his third consecutive birdie on the par-5 16th. He is now five under for the championship.
The winner of five British Open Championships on links style courses across the pond is no doubt enjoying a similar style course closer to his Midwest roots.
Watson charging, Roberts moving
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Watson, who started the second round two under, birdied Nos. 14 and 15, and is now four under.
Loren Roberts, playing the opposite side of the course, birdied the fifth hole and is now three under.
Round two begins
Kohler, Wis. – All of the competitors have completed the first round of play. The scoring conditions are ideal right now at Whistling Straits. There are clear blue skies, temperatures in the low 70s, and a very slight breeze.
Bruce Vaughan started off his second round well. He birdied the first hole and is now five under.
Kohler, Wis. – Jim Woodward tapped in made his par putt on number nine to post a 5-under par 67. Woodward was in the middle of the fairway on nine, but hit his second shot short and right, leaving him with a 35-foot putt.
‘Rookie’ closing in on second
Kohler, Wis. – Jim Woodward has recorded four straight pars, and is five under headed into the last hole of his first round. A birdie would tie him for first, a par would leave him in second all alone.
Woodward is playing in his first U.S. Senior Open. He turned 50 one month and two days ago.
One day late, one inch short
Kohler, Wis. – Bruce Vaughan’s 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole stopped an inch short. He tapped in to shoot a 4-under par 68, and tie for second place.
Vaughan will start his second round off of the first hole in approximately 45 minutes.
American in second place
Kohler, Wis. – The right rough on the ninth hole didn’t stop Lonnie Nielsen from making par. He hit his second shot to 40 feet, then nearly made the putt for birdie. Nielsen posted a 4-under par 68.
Nielsen is on a roll as of late on the Champions Tour. He won the Commerce Bank Championship last week.
Kohler, Wis. – Gil Morgan and Ron Vlosich are in similar company, both made bogeys on No. 18, and failed to secure second place.
Morgan is one of four players to post a score of 69.
Watson, Roberts finish
Kohler, Wis. – Tom Watson birdied No. 16, then finished with pars to complete his round at two under.
Loren Roberts birdied the seventh hole and finished with pars to tie Watson at two under par.
Race for second place
Kohler, Wis. – Gil Morgan, resuming play on No. 14, recorded a birdie which was followed by another birdie at No. 16. Morgan is now four under.
Morgan is joined at four under by Jim Woodward. He started with two pars when he resumed play this morning and birdied the second hole to move to four under.
Kohler, Wis. – Loren Roberts dropped to one under when play resumed. On the fifth hole, “Snake,” Roberts failed to extract his second shot from a bunker. Roberts went on to double bogey the hole.
Kohler, Wis.- At 7 a.m. CDT first round play was resumed.