SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– University of Oregon men’s golf coach Casey Martin continued one of the sport’s most memorable stories of 2012 by shooting a four-over 74 Thursday in first-round action of the U.S. Open, held at the Olympic Club.
The Eugene native and sixth-year Duck men’s golf head coach stood in a 22-way tie for 52nd place in the 112th edition of the event.
Overall, Michael Thompson owned a three-stroke lead on the field with his four-under 66 – his first under-par round in a major. His familiarity with the course certainly helped the Tucson, Ariz., native since he was a runner-up in the 2007 U.S. Amateur held at the same location.
Six other players also shot under-par scores Thursday, and were tied for second place at 69 on the par-70, 7,170-yard course that is hosting the event for the fifth time.
Martin bogeyed five of the first six holes – considered as the toughest six-hole stretch in golf – with his only par in the run on the third hole. Martin rebounded with a birdie on the par-four seventh, then added four straight par scores. On the 12th, he carded his only other bogey of the day on the par-four hole. He ended the round with par scores on five of the last six holes, and his second birdie of the round on the other, the par-five 17th.
For the day, he ended with a 302.50 yard average driving distance, and had 30 putts for a 1.67 average in the event billed as ‘Golf’s Toughest Test’.
Former Duck and PGA golfer Ben Crane also was among the 156 players in the field and was tied for 109th overall with a seven-over 77.
Complete, hole-by-hole results are available at the U.S. Open website – www.usopen.com – at the http://www.usopen.com/en_US/scoring/index.html URL address.
Looking ahead, Martin tees off at 7 a.m. Pacific Time Friday morning on the 10th hole with a three-some that includes Stanford sophomore Cam Wilson and Dennis Miller of Youngstown, Ohio.
The top 60 players (and those within 10 shots of the lead) after Friday’s second round advance to Saturday’s third round, while action ends with Sunday’s final round.
Martin earned his bid via his win in the area U.S. Open Championship qualifier at the Emerald Valley Golf Club two weeks ago. He shot a four-under score (69-69-138) in the single-day event to earn two of the 58 spots awarded nationally.
Tuesday marked the second U.S. Open appearance for Martin who also played in the 1998 event and tied for 23rd (74-71-74-72-291). That event was also held at the Olympic Club and won by Lee Janzen by one stroke, thanks to his four-round, even 280 score (73-66-73-68)).
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