Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted June 16, 2012 07:48 pm - Updated June 16, 2012 07:48 pm

U.S. Open: Saturday updates

SAN FRANCISCO - Blake Adams, who lives just outside of Swainsboro, Ga., got off to a rough start today at the U.S. Open.

He began bogey, double bogey, bogey to go 4-over in his first three holes. To his credit, he bounced back with five pars and a birdie to complete his first nine.

The good news is that the leaders are also struggling at Olympic Club today. Currently, Adams is just four shots out of the lead.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Phil Mickelson celebrated his birthday Saturday and the gallery around the 18th hole serenaded him with "Happy Birthday."

Fred Couples was near the clubhouse when he overheard the singing and asked how old Mickelson is. He was told 42.

"He's just a young pup," Couples quipped.

BIG THREE AND ME: Billy Casper was autographed copies of his new book, "The Big Three and Me," on Saturday at the merchandise tent.

Casper won the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic in an 18-hole playoff against Arnold Palmer. Despite winning more than 50 times on the PGA Tour and capturing three majors, including the 1970 Masters, Casper was often overlooked. That's because he played in the era of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, which spawned the title of his book.

FAN UPDATE: Earlier in the week I blogged about a fan who collapsed Thursday. A policeman adminstered CPR, and paramedics were called to the scene. The man apparently suffered a heart attack.

I ran into the policeman on Friday and he said that the man was revived and reportedly talking in the ambulance.