Jun
19
2010
A Minor at a Major for Bettencourt
By Stephanie Wei under General

In the past US Opens played at Pebble Beach in ’82, ’92 and ’00 (data for ’72 was unavailable), no player had ever made consecutive birdies on 8, 9 and 10. This changed on Friday when Matt Bettencourt carved out a small stat in the record books when he became the first to achieve this insignificantly impressive feat.

Through 10 holes, Bettencourt had fought his way back to one-under for the tournament, but his streak of luck took a turn for the worse on 12, where he made the first of three consecutive bogeys.

“I wish I would’ve finished a little better coming in,” he said. “I know Poa greens pretty well, but it’s a crap shoot. The greens are so bumpy right now. In Pebble’s defense, there’s nothing they can do. It’s late in the day. I knew there were going to be some issues when I saw my pairings…But, I’m happy to be around on the weekend and playing in my home state. I can’t ask for anything more.”

Despite posting a four-over 40 on the back nine, he still whittled his way into a two-bit piece of history. For what that’s worth.