ARDMORE, Pa. — Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott fell apart quickly Friday in the U.S. Open, all but quashing any hope for a Grand Slam.
The Australian was 3-under-par through 11 holes when first-round play was suspended Thursday.
On No. 12 on Friday, he hit a hard-luck Merion shot: an approach that landed just short of the pin, spun backward and rolled some 75 feet to the edge of the fairway rough. He also put a tee shot out of bounds at No. 14 to complete a first-round 2-over-par 72, then came back after the short turnaround to post 76. He’s 8-over through two rounds.
“I got off on the wrong foot and just struggled to find my rhythm all day,” Scott said. “I didn’t make the putts I needed to kind of save some shots here and there. And they just slipped away too easily. But that’s what can happen if you’re just a little bit off.”
WITHDRAWAL: Louis Oosthuizen withdrew with a hip injury.
The 2010 British Open champion strained a hip flexor while shooting 5-over-par 75 in the first round and pulled out before his second round tee time Friday.
NO HEROICS: Jim Furyk had the home crowd on his side.
He just failed to deliver a performance worth cheering for Friday. Furyk, born in the nearby Philadelphia suburb of West Chester and raised in Lancaster, shot 79.
Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, won’t be adding a second one to the collection. He hadn’t played Merion Golf Club since the 1989 U.S. Amateur.
“It showed,” he said. “I didn’t do a great job with my prep. I felt like I was ready coming here but I obviously played very poorly.
At 43, there’s not going to be another tournament here at Merion.”
STUCK IN THE MUD: Tiger Woods’ ski-champion girlfriend Lindsey Vonn had to trek through the mud at Merion like any other fan.
“Sums up my day on the golf course... #muddy #usopen2013,” she wrote on Twitter. The tweet went along with a photo of her from the knees down standing ankle-deep in the soupy muck.