Orion, Mich. – Brad Faxon has advanced to the weekend in his first appearance
in the U.S. Senior Open.
this was no small feat for the nine-time PGA Tour winner.
it’s the first cut I’ve made in three years. I’m serious,” Faxon said with a
grin Friday afternoon in the lockerroom at Indianwood Golf & Country Club.
“You should look it up. This is the first time I’ve played the weekend making a
cut in quite a while.”
rounds of 69-71, Faxon stands at even-par 140, well within the cutline that
fell at 4-over-par 144. Faxon, 50, of Barrington,
R.I., made his first cut since he
tied for 52nd on the PGA Tour in the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship. His
efforts on Indianwood’s Old Course ended a string of 19 missed cuts in events
on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour that had a 36-hole cut.
like the way I’m playing. I’m doing OK,” said Faxon, who already has a win on
the Champions Tour, the 2011 Insperity Championship, a 54-hole event with no
cut. “This is a really interesting golf course, and I’m getting it around
pretty well. I’m pretty excited, really. Just need a few more birdies to drop.”
was among 66 players to advance to the weekend
after the cut of low 60 and ties was set.
the most notable entrants to qualify for an additional 36 holes is 1999 U.S.
Senior Open champion Dave Eichelberger. At 68 years old, the native Texan is
the oldest player in the field. His second-round 74 was just good enough to
sneak in at 144.
does feel pretty good, I have to say,” said Eichelberger, who was making his
first Champions Tour start of the year. “This golf course, this is one of the
better Senior Open events – best one I've ever seen. This one here is just
a jewel. I love this one.”
the 35 amateurs in the field made the cut, led by Sean Knapp,
50, of Oakmont, Pa.,
He added a 72 to his opening 70 for a 142 aggregate total. Also moving on, was
Doug Hanzel, 55, of Savannah, Ga., who was steady with 71-72-143.
is tied for 36th place with a group of players that includes 1982 U.S. Open
huge. My goal coming in here was just to make the cut,” said Knapp, who made it
to the finals of Q-School on the Champions Tour last year. “I've played in 33
USGA events. It's not much out in this
environment, but I do have some experience, and I have played some good players
over the years. And at the end of the day, I was fairly certain that I could
U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Randy Lewis, playing on a special exemption, rebounded
from an opening 80 with a respectable 73, but came up short at 153. Former
Mid-Am champ Tim
Jackson, who had finished as low
amateur in the championship two of the last three years, missed at 74-147.
Irwin, 67, suffered three straight bogeys on his inward nine Friday and missed
the cut by a shot. Irwin, winner of three U.S. Open titles and two U.S. Senior
Opens, carded 70-145.
former U.S. Senior Open winners falling below the standard were two-time champ
Allen Doyle (72-147), Eduardo Romero (74-146) and Graham Marsh (80-153). Scott
Simpson, who won the 1987 U.S. Open, also came up short at 71-147.
Harris and Craig Stadler, who have U.S. Amateur titles on their resume, bowed
out at 152 and 153, respectively.
Dave Shedloski is
an Ohio-based freelance writer whose work has previously appeared on USGA