Spoke with Pierce County product Brian Mogg on Saturday afternoon. Asked the acclaimed teaching professional now in Florida, but once from Lakes High School, what he thought about today’s 36-hole championship match between David Chung and Peter Uihlein.
“I’m glad,” Mogg said. “I wanted to see a marquee matchup.”
This is about as marquee as it gets for 2010 – at least the way Chung has played, and the way Uihlein has been recognized as far back as his days in junior golf.
The Saturday angles covered this morning:
• Chung and Uihlein have a couple of Washington folks (Mogg, included) to help rescue them out of dark periods, as detailed in my game story.
• “Choo, choo!” The train went by right as Chung was trying to close out Byeong-Hun An on the 17th green. One of the many unique traits about Chambers Bay, as columnist John McGrath writes.
• Some issues, such as getting up – and down – from the steep, grassy knolls for spectators will need to be ironed out before 2015, Craig Hill writes.
• Continue to check out the fine work of our photographers, who have been all over the course this week.
About today, I went into it with the notion that Chung would win somewhere in the 4-and-3 or 3-and-2 victory range over Uihlein. The top-ranked American, however, has a lead late in the morning round.
Hill will post something later.
UPDATE: Chung shoots 5-under on the back nine, and yet only makes up one hole. Uihlein was pretty good, too – 4-under, including an eagle-3 on the 18th hole to lead 2-up after the morning round.
Uihlein shot the stroke-play equivalent of a 66 (5-under); Chung a 69.