2009 Us Open

2009 US Open Review

The 2009 US Open was played on the notoriously difficult Bethpage Black course but it was the weather that dominated the week causing several delays to play meaning the final round was not completed until Monday. Despite the weather we were treated to one of the best US Opens for many years with some new names at the top of the leader board fighting it out for victory, the boisterous New York crown never stopped chanting to give the tournament a brilliant atmosphere.

The First round was hugely interrupted by the weather chaos for the players and organisers but it was the former Masters Champion Mike Weir who kept his head down and shot an excellent 64 to be the leader after the first round. Weir was two clear of the Swede Peter Hanson who was looking in good shape as were the likes of David Duval and Todd Hamilton who were both a further shot back and in contention.

In the second round we saw the emergence of two new stars in Lucas Glover and Ricky Barnes who shot to the top of the leader board following scores of 65 and 64 respectably. It was Barnes who was one clear of Glover at the top and he was a further one clear of Mike Weir who managed a level par round of 70, the cut mark came at +4 with the likes of David Toms and Justin Leonard missing the cut despite being previous Golf Major winners.

Most experts were expecting both Barnes and Glover to crumble over the weekend but that was not the case as they both shot level par rounds of 70 to leave themselves clear at the top of the board. It was still Ricky Barnes who was one clear of Glover who in turn was another four clear of the former world No.1 David Duval and Ross Fisher who moved into contention with a good 69.

The final round saw Ricky Barnes crack under the pressure and shoot a poor 76 to slip out of contention and leave Lucas Glover to pick up his first Golf Major. Glover stuttered to a 73 but that was still enough for the rank outsider to claim victory after a tense finish.