My apologies for forgetting to post the link to the Wall Street Journal live blog of the first round of the US Open at Congressional (here’s the link if you’d like to go back and read some of my commentary from yesterday.). I think I was typing at a rate of 950 words per five minutes! I’m kidding, just a little delirious and running on adrenaline. But what an amazing U.S. Open. Who else is glad they picked Rory McIlroy as their favorite for the week? Conor has written a little round-up of Rory’s record-breaking round. I’ve been too busy waving around my pom poms over at the WSJ live blog of the second round, which is still up and running. Please swing by, say hi and leave nice comments so my editor thinks I’m doing a good job! Lie if you have to! Here’s an excerpt from a post earlier:
Again, I know it’s early, but Tiger Who?
Rory appears to have definitely learned from past mistakes at majors. There’s something different about him. He seems calmer and more mature, if that’s possible to accomplish in two months. I don’t think anyone else could have handled it better. This might sound silly, but here’s a sign of maturity: earlier this week Rory told me he’d been staying off Twitter. But no, he’s not pulling a Lee Westwood. It’s just a little break this week — “too much BS.” Exactly. Smart move by Rory. In fact, I hope he uninstalled Twitter from his phone just in case he’s tempted.
And since this has been coming up, no, I don’t believe Rory’s double-bogey on the last hole was a harbinger of things to come. In fact, I barely blinked. I think it woke him up and will re-focus him. He had to make a mistake sooner or later, and it’s better to get it out of his system on Friday rather than Sunday.
Besides, Y.E. Yang is only eight shots back now! Come on by to the live blog because I’m sure you’re all living and dying by every shot Yang hits, not to mention Health Slocum who’s making an early move.