2019 U.S. Open leaderboard: Live coverage, Tiger Woods score, golf scores on Saturday
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — There might be nothing better in major championship golf than a Pebble Beach weekend in primetime with a U.S. Open on the line. Now we’re here, and the storylines at the 2019 U.S. Open are bountiful. Gary Woodland and Justin Rose are the final tee time on Saturday afternoon (or evening, depending where you live), and I have questions about the staying power of both. If this stat is to be believed though, they’re among the only 10 golfers who can win on Sunday.
Why 10? Because they are among the top six scoring spots on the leaderboard. The other names include Louis Oosthuizen, Aaron Wise, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Matt Wallace, Chez Reavie and Chesson Hadley. If you, like me, don’t believe in the Wise-Wallace-Reavie-Hadley group, then that means either Woodland, Rose, McIlroy, Koepka or Kuchar is going to be your champion come Sunday evening. You could do worse than betting on the McIlroy-Koepka duo. They have combined for eight major championships and are each trying to win their respective fifth this weekend. They have work to do, and the USGA will like let the course go a little bit, which should make for a fabulous weekend at Pebble Beach with the 119th U.S. Open at stake.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — A runaway golf cart injured five people near the 16th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links during the second round of the 119th U.S. Open on Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP said a vendor drove the golf cart loaded with boxes to a concession stand near the 16th hole and parked it around 1:20 p.m. ET. When the vendor climbed out, a box fell on the cart’s accelerator and caused it to move.
Witnesses said the unoccupied cart drove in large circles until someone jumped on it and knocked the box off.
Five people were injured in the incident, including one with a broken arm, one with a spinal injury and another with minor injuries, according to the CHP. One person was transported to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and those with minor injuries were taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California.
A woman who said she witnessed the accident told Golf.com that she was standing in a line at the concession stand when the cart started moving.
“We were standing in the concession line on the 16th hole when all of a sudden there was a runaway cart and one guy running after it, then a bunch of people running after it,” Georgie Salant told Golf.com. “It was actually coming straight for the concession line, and then it turned, just on its own, and it didn’t stop. It started driving in circles. It ran over, like, five people.”
The ages of those injured ranged from 25 to 82, the CHP told the Salinas Californian, a local newspaper.
The USGA released a statement about the incident but indicated that only three spectators and the vendor were hurt.
“Unfortunately, during today’s second round there was an incident involving a golf cart on the 16th hole that resulted in three spectators and a vendor being injured and requiring medical treatment. We will continue to monitor their conditions,” the USGA said.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brooke Henderson opened a three-stroke lead Friday in a 30-hole day at the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Trying to break a tie for the Canadian victory record for both women and men, Henderson completed an 8-under 64 in the rain-delayed first round and shot another 64 in the second round at Blythefield Country Club.
Henderson finished play late Thursday with a hole-in-one on the 15th hole, her sixth hole of the round that started seven hours late.
“I was able to carry it on early this morning,” said Henderson, the 2017 winner at Blythefield. “Then I had lunch and came right back and played another 18. I just felt really confident today with my ball-striking, which is awesome, and I rolled in a few putts, too.”
Henderson, 21, successfully defended her Lotte Championship title in April in Hawaii for her eighth LPGA Tour victory, tying Sandra Post’s Canadian record. George Knudson and Mike Weir share the Canadian mark on the PGA Tour, also with eight victories.
Henderson birdied five of the final six holes in the second round to break the tournament 36-hole record she set in 2017 by two strokes.
“With these soft conditions you can take it pretty much right at it, which I’ve been doing,” she said. “To shoot scores like that you have to have everything kind of working for you and you have to get some breaks along the way, too, which I did. I think playing well last night, finishing off with a hole-in-one before going to sleep was really exciting for me, and I was just able to back it up this morning, which is cool.”
Brittany Altomare was second at 13 under after rounds of 66 and 65. She played 31 holes Friday.
“It was long, but we made the best of it,” Altomare said. “I’ve been struggling this year with my putting, which is normally my strong suit, and today and yesterday, I guess last night into today, it just kind of all clicked.”
Jennifer Kupcho shot 67-67 to reach 10 under, playing 29 holes Friday. The former Wake Forest star is making her third professional start. She won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April and the NCAA individual title last year.
“I’ve been hitting the ball really well,” Kupcho said. “The last couple tournaments I’ve been struggling with that, so just to hit the ball well has been nice. I hit a lot of greens both rounds. I would just say pretty much everything is going good.”
Annie Park was 9 under with a hole left when play was suspended because of darkness. Twenty-eight players were unable to finish.
Angela Stanford (68-68), Megan Khang (70-66), Moriya Jutanugarn (69-67) and Nasa Hataoka (68-68) were 8 under.
Henderson’s ace Thursday was one of five in the first two rounds, one off the LPGA Tour tournament record set in the 1999 Mercury Titleholders Championship. Mariajo Uribe, Giulia Molinaro and Haru Nomura also aced the 15th in the first round, and Lindy Duncan had one on No. 7 in the second round.
Henderson played alongside 2015 winner Lexi Thompson and defending champion So Yeon Ryu the first two days.
“It was a really fun group,” Henderson said. “Two amazing players and defending champions, so they know how to play this golf course really well. It was a lot of fun making birdies together and just kind of see how they’re doing it.”
Ryu was 7 under after rounds of 69 and 68. Thompson, coming off a victory last week in New Jersey, shot 70-68 to reach 6 under.
Nelly Korda (68-69) was in the group with Ryu at 7 under.
U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 was 4 under, shooting 70-70.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the third major championship of the year, is next week at Hazeltine in Minnesota.