BETHESDA, MD (June 16, 2011) -- In the past
six U.S. Opens the reigning U.S. Amateur
champions have done no better than a tie for
for 57th place, making just one cut. A few bold
souls, Danny Lee in 2009 and Colt Knost in
2008 abandoned their right to play by turning
Uihlein hopes to buck this trend and he is
well on his way after a solid performance today
that resulted in a +1 score of 72.
It could have gone the other way, in fact
he was on that road to disaster with a double
bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the
“At 3-over through 4, if you’d
told me I’d shoot 72 I’d take it
– regardless of how I got it,” he
A hole out from the fairway on the next
hole, the par-4 fifth, got him started
followed up by a birdie on the par-4 eighth
“I was really nervous to
start,” said Uihlein. “I made an
awful double on the first hole. After I made
that eagle, I was able to get a little more
comfortable and played okay from there on
Uihlein sits in a tie for 34th with fellow
amatuer Brad Benjamin
from Rockford, Ill.
Benjamin had an equally bumpy ride to a 72
with five bogeys and one double offset by 6
Henley, the University of Georgia grad
that has already beaten a full field of
Nationwide pros at this year's Stadion Classic,
carded a steady round of 73 with just three
bogeys and one birdie.
Pan, the Chinese Tapei native is tied for
64th place with a score of 74 on the tough
par-71 Congressional layout.
Cantlay, the touted UCLA freshman shot
75 while Chris
Williams from Moscow Idaho and the 16-
year-old Beau Hossler from Mission Viejo, Calif.
went around in 76.
Patterson from McMinnville, Tenn. carded
77 and Steve
Irwin, son of the three-time U.S. Open
Champion Hale Irwin carded 78.
Pinckney from Scottsdale, Ariz. was even
on the first nine holes but struggle on the more
difficult back to post a 79.
Chung, the Stanford Senior and U.S.
Amateur runner up, posted 82 and the St.
Petersburg law school grad Michael Barbosa