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Ryan Moore, Michael Putnam, Andres Gonzales at 111th U.S. Open, 2nd Rd.

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on June 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm with No Comments »
June 17, 2011 5:07 pm

This week: 111th U.S. Open, Thursday through Sunday, Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md.

Gonzales’ second-round score: 1-under-par 70.

Putnam’s second-round score: Even-par 71.

Moore’s second-round score: 6-over 77.

Position: At 3-over 145, Putnam makes his second U.S. Open cut, and is tied for 43rd. Gonzales (7-over 149; tied for 97th) and Moore (8-over 150’ tied for 112th) are finished for the week.

Recap: The steadiest of the South Sound bunch will play on. Birdies at the eighth (pitching wedge to 6 feet) and ninth hole (two-putt from 35 feet) put Putnam at 1-under. And even though he made back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 11 and 12, he answered with two more birdies, including a final one at the par-5 16th hole in which he reached in two shots, and two-putted from 25 feet. … For much of the morning, Gonzales had the best round going with McIlory – 4-under. But his drive on the 16th hole not only plugged in the left-side fairway bunker, it buried three inches beneath the surface. The Capital High product had to take an unplayable lie, and a one-stroke penalty, and he finished with three bogeys in a row. … Moore ended his streak of 23 holes without a birdie when he got on at the par-5 sixth. That was about all the good news. And on the 11th hole, playing his second shot with a chunk of mud on his ball, his approach landed in the creek right of the green, leading to double bogey to fall to 3-over for his round. He finished with three more bogeys.

Putnam quotable: “I feel like I’m finally getting back to hitting the ball. I was hitting it hard today, and hitting it straight down the middle. So it’s a good feeling. I haven’t had that feeling until three or four weeks ago. When that becomes a weapon, I am going to play some good golf out here.”

Gonzales quotable: “I’ve been playing a lot better (lately). I guess you could say it was pretty good (score) under the circumstances of playing at a U.S. Open. I was kind of in the boat I had nothing to lose, and I needed to shoot something low.”

Moore quotable: “I can’t say I was expecting to play good just knowing I have been hitting it all over the place, and the U.S. Open is the last place you can get away with doing that.”

Putnam’s tee time Saturday: To be determined.

Next for Moore and Gonzales: The Travelers Championship starting Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

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