Blast from the past? Day 1/2 of the US Open is completed

The entire US Open field has finished the first round of the tournament play. Many players are now well into their second round (which, of course, was pushed back because of the tremendous storm that shut Bethpage Black down on Thursday).

As the title suggests, this US Open, like so many others, has been nothing short of wacky. The evidence?

Lucas Glover is on the top of the leaderboard. His first round resulted in a stellar 69, and he rocked the first 13 holes of his second round. He is at -5 for his second round alone, and he is well ahead of Tiger's mark from 2002. Glover's only victory on the PGA Tour was at the Funai Disney Classic back in 2005. He went through sectional qualifying to make it to this year's open.

Ricky Barnes is in second place at -5 after his first 9 holes in the 2nd round. After a great amateur career, Barnes has found little success on the pro circuit. Is his fortune about to change?

Mike Weir began the day with a superb 64. Weir is a former Masters champion whose professional career since the victory has been uneventful. After 9 holes in his second round, he is +2 to put him at -4 for the tournament. Can he get the spark back tomorrow?

Todd Hamilton is also back in the mix. The former Open Champion, who rose back to prominence (sort of) with a great finish at the 2009 Masters is in fifth place at -3. He
definitely is making an effort to return to the PGA Tour in 2010 after his exemption runs out.

David Duval is at -1 after dropping two shots in his second round following a stellar 67. Duval is another player fighting to make it to the PGA Tour. A battle between Hamilton and Duval would make for an interesting storyline...

Phil Mickelson (pictured left) is 11 holes into his second round. He, too, is at -1, and he is
definitely in the mix if can make some birdies tomorrow.

On the other hand, Rocco Mediate resembled his play last year by firing a -2 68 in his first round. In his second round, he ballooned to +2 for the tournament after going four over par through 11 holes. He certainly can play Bethpage Black. It will be intere
sting to see if he can rebound to save his second round.

Tiger Woods is not in such a comfortable position. He hasn't started his second round yet, but he sits at a damning +4 through 18 holes. To make the cut, Tiger will need to put on a much better performance tomorrow. On the bright side, he has a full 18 holes to come back. And, of course, it is Tiger Woods.

Not to pat myself on the back, but I think I called Golf Digest out before for their prediction that Ernie Els had a shot at winning the US Open. See it here. Els is currently in 155th, otherwise known as second to last place. He sits at +12 for the tournament, and it doesn't look like he will be a threat to make the cut.

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