Andres Gonzales' 2011 US Open try got off to a rocky start on Thursday, leaving him nowhere near the top of the leaderboard as the second round began. Gonzales, who has become our favorite golfer due to his engaging personality and love for Tiger Woods, fared much better on Friday, but even an under-par round was not enough to save him from the dreaded US Open cut. With scores well-above par at Congressional Country Club, it's been tough sledding for the whole field, and especially for our local golfers.
Ryan Moore joined Gonzales on the plane back home after a horrific second round put him near the bottom of the leaderboard. Moore was in decent shape after the first round, carding a 2-over 73 to open the tournament. While over-par seems like a poor score, and is in most tournament, the US Open is a different beast. Par is highly sought-after and those who are able to break par are typically sitting in good shape.
At 8-over for the tournament, Moore won't be playing on the weekend in the 2011 US Open. Gonzales is right there with him after an 8-over first round left him well off the pace. But if there was a positive for the Kenny Powers lookalike, it's that he shot a 1-under 70 on Friday, leaving him at 7-over for the tournament.
Nampa, Idaho native Robert Garrigus is sitting pretty heading into the weekend, and is currently in a tie on the leaderboard at 2-under for the tournament. Garrigus has been consistent with 1-under 70s on each of the first two days. And while third-place may sound like a good position to be in, it's important to note that Rory McIlroy is so far ahead of the field that it may take a disaster for Garrigus or the rest of the top-competitors to catch him.
McIlroy currently sits at 11-under after a first round 65 and second round 66 to begin the US Open. The young Irishman has bounced back well after his meltdown at The Masters, and is poised to run away with the US Open title. Currently, he sits seven shots clear of Y.E. Yang, whose 4-under is good for second place on the leaderboard.