Taylor Done For The Day...
UPDATE 5:35 PM PT:
The horn has sounded at Bethpage Black and Nick Taylor is done for the day. He ended his day with a bang, holing out from the sand on No. 14 to birdie the Par-3 hole. With just four holes left to play to complete his second round, Taylor is an impressive 2-under par for the tournament, including 5-under par for the second round! Barring disaster, Taylor will make the cut for the 2009 U.S. Open! Click here to read the recap from GoHuskies.com.
REPORT FROM GARRETT CLEGG AND 5:35 UPDATE:
Men's assistant golf coach Garrett Clegg was with Nick Taylor at Bethpage Black and had to fly home from New York after Taylor's first round. Here is his report from the airport:
"Nick started a lttle shakey. It could have been nerves or the swirling wind maybe confused him, but he made a 10-foot par putt on hole No. 17 (Taylor started on the back nine) jump started his round.
He almost holed a nine iron from 140 yards on No. 18 and tapped in for a birdie. Then, on No. 2, he made a 25-foot birdie putt for his second birdie of the round and he played solidly after that.
He is in great shape and is in a great position to make the cut with a solid second round. The weather has been great today and he will play until dark. He should have an advantage since as a collegiate golfer he has played 36 holes in a day many times."
Obviously, since Taylor is 5-under for the second round, 2-under overall, Clegg's prediction proved to be spot on! Taylor holed out from the sand trap on No. 14 after the horn sounded and will find himself not only in solid position to make the cut, but in contention to fight for the U.S. Open title! Wouldn't that be something?
5:10 pm (PT)
Nick Taylor is currently 4-under par in the second round through 12 holes and 1-under for the tournament overall. That puts him currently tied for an impressive 11th place and clearly in good shape to make the cut!!
2:30 pm (PT)
Standout Husky golfer Nick Taylor made it through his first round today at the U.S. Open Championships held in Farmingdale, New York on the Bethpage Black course.
Taylor shot 3-over par through the first round which puts him in a tie for 52nd place at the time of this post. Rain washed out play on Thursday, before Taylor had even teed off, forcing him to rise early to get through round one this morning. Taylor will now begin his second round shortly, beginning from the first tee, and is expected to play until darkness sets in.
Playing 36 holes in one day is nothing new to collegiate golfers, so Taylor could have a slight edge over the pros in terms of stamina.
Check back on GoHuskies.com later tonight for a complete recap.
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