Up & Down: News and Notes

Winners, losers and dueling lefties from Oakmont
June 24, 2007

Argentina
Angel Cabrera (left) got his first Tour win and also the first major victoryfor a South American since Roberto De Vicenzo hauled the claret jughome fromHoylake back in 1967.

Australia
The land Down Under's much hyped young stars wilted under Oakmont's pressure.First Adam Scott, then Geoff Ogilvy and finally Aaron Baddeley (right).

Par
By all rights, Oakmont should have played as a par 71, which means Cabrera'splus-five would've been one over, but either way, par definitely meantsomething during Open week.

Scoring
Fans who think birdies and low numbers equal exciting golf were sorelydisappointed by Oakmont. There were a total of seven eagles and only eightrounds in the 60s.

Tiger's Nikead
The commercial in which the clubmaker hand-produces a tiny version of TW'ssticks was a fun Father's Day tribute.

Tiger Woods
With major number 13 there for the taking, Woods couldn't produce one of hismagical finishes.

Seasonedvets
When things got tough, the experienced guys took over--Jim Furyk, David Toms(left), Scott Verplank and Jerry Kelly all battled into the top 10, andSteve Stricker (13th) held the lead on Sunday.

Young guns
Nick Dougherty hung on to tie for seventh, but fellow up-and-comers (andEnglishmen) Paul Casey (right) and Justin Rose failed to make a run at thetitle after putting themselves in prime position.

Butch Harmon
The super coach has clients, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, ranked among thetop five in the world, but both flamed out in spectacular fashion and missedthe cut.

USGA
Perennial whipping boys, the association brass take heat for everything fromthe course to the concessions, but they did well this year to swallow theirpride, put some water on the course and keep it fair.

Oakmont
The members who whined about the course being too easy left a sour taste. TheU.S. Open is not about feeding their egos.

Bubba Watson
The lanky lefty played great, wowing crowds with his length and Johnny Millerwith his shotmaking, in the process becoming a new fan favorite.

Phil Mickelson
Lefty gave it a valiant try, but the fan fave couldn't drag his left wristunder the cut line, then compounded his ills with silly stuff about workplacehazards.

FIVE PHOTOSSIMON BRUTY PHOTOJOHN BIEVER PHOTOFRED VUICH PHOTOBILL FRAKES PHOTORICHARD HEATHCOTE/GETTY IMAGES

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)