Kevin Streelman’s 15 minutes of fame lasted one night. The former Blue Devil who held the lead of the U.S. open after the first round Thursday shot a 6-over 77 to finish the second round 3-over and tied for 22nd. Torrey Pines played tough–knee-high rough and unwatered greens can add teeth to the home of the Buick Invitational–and Tiger Woods (surprise!) moved a day early, firing a 3-under, good for a tie for second.
Joe Ogilvie, a 1996 graduate, shot a 5-over after an even-par round Thursday to make the cut (which was 7-over), as well.
Streelman graduated in 2001 and earned his PGA Tour card in December. He was in the final group of the third round of the Buick back in January, so he knows Torrey Pines well. (For the record, Streelman was a 66-to-1 bet to win the tournament after Thursday. He’s now part of the field, at 3-to-1. Should’ve wagered on him last night.)
Duke senior Michael Quagliano, an amateur who made the field through sectional qualifying, shot a 10-over Friday, improving five strokes from his 15-over Thursday. He did not make the cut, but it’s obvious that he has plenty of stories to tell. Check out his diary over at mgagolf.org, and be sure to read a story about him in The Chronicle Thursday.
Check back over the weekend to see how Streelman and Ogilvie perform with half the field gone and Tiger donning red.
–by Ben Cohen
Tiger Woods finished in the black and Phil Mickelson ended up even, but former Blue Devil Kevin Streelman–who?–closed the first day of the U.S. Open atop the leaderboard. Streelman, who graduated from Duke in 2001, fired a 68 to share the lead with Justin Hicks. Through four holes Thursday, Streelman was 3-under, and he maintained the pace the rest of the day, bogeying his last hole (No. 9) to drop into a tie for first.
Streelman is familiar with Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Earlier this year, Streelman played in the final group on Saturday of the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines with Tiger Woods, but he ultimately faltered and finished tied for 29th. Unlike Tiger and Phil, who played with Adam Scott in a marquee threesome, Streelman is No. 608 in the world and has made nine of 16 cuts after earning his PGA Tour card in December.
Which all raises the question: who is Kevin Streelman? Nick Canepa explored the question in a January column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, and Eli Saslow wrote a nice profile of Streelman in the Washington Post last June.
Joe Ogilvie, another former Blue Devil, shot an even-par 71 to round out the first day in a tie for 12th, while Duke senior Michael Quagliano, who made the field through sectional qualifying, posted a 15-over 86. The amateur sits in last place.
Check back Friday and over the weekend to track the Blue Devils’ progress and see if Streelman can stay hot enough to ward off the world’s best players in what might be the most grueling major.
–by Ben Cohen
One of the best basketball recruiting blogs out there is ZAGSBLOG, written by Adam Zagoria, a former colleague. What relevance does this have to Duke, Ben? Not much, although he does sometimes mention Duke recruits and it’s a shameless plug. But it does provide an easy segue into a series of diary entries from Blue Devil golfer Michael Quagliano at the U.S. Open in Torrey Pines. He’s telling his story to mgagolf.org, and The Chronicle will be printing excerpts tomorrow. Call it Quag’s Blog.
Quagliano was sidelined in Duke’s season with an injury, playing in just the first tournament of the year way back in September. But he made the U.S. Open through a sectional qualifier, and now he’s playing in SoCal, along with former Blue Devils Joe Ogilvie and Kevin Streelman. Both texted and called Quagliano when he qualified and the Duke trio might play a practice round before the tournament starts tomorrow.
Through Monday, the Duke senior had played 27 holes and hadn’t scored worse than a bogey by managing to stay out of the hellacious U.S. Open rough. But other parts of the course are unique, too, namely the greenside bunkers and fairways, which have prompted a change in Quagliano’s approach:
“Major development of the day: I’m thinking about playing with metal spikes for the first time. The reason is that the grass is cut so perfectly and I want to have as much stability and traction as possible. I’m also learning that I definitely need to stay out of the greenside bunkers as much as possible. With all the new sand they put in, just about any ball that you hit into those bunkers ends up plugged.”
We’ll keep you updated with Quagliano’s progress throughout the week and, should he stay out of the rough, over the weekend.
–by Ben Cohen