Everyone was anticipating some very low scores this weekend at Cherry Hills Country Club. Well, that certainly didn’t happen after round one. Instead a mini-U.S. Open broke out at the 2014 BMW Championship.
Coming into Cherry Hills, which has in fact hosted three U.S. Open’s in the past, the consensus was that Cherry Hills would be too short. When you factor in the elevation and players bombing 350 yards it looked like, on paper, the 69 best players on Tour would have a field day.
Instead, a U.S. Open broke out and Cherry Hills held up just fine with nice lush rough and very hard and very fast greens. And that wasn’t expected. Which really I personally enjoyed. It made for some very fun and exciting golf. It was really compelling stuff watching as players went up and down the leaderboard all day.
Early on in the day Jason Day, Justin Rose, and Hideki Matsuyama seemed to be in control, then Rory McIlroy stormed up the leaderboard, but then he bogeyed a couple of holes, Graham DeLaet had the lead for a little bit there. It was really fun watching the course fight back.
All in all, it was a great day of golf and I hope it that sort of play will continue, however, rain had been in the area and they did blow the horn because of storm clouds. There are a handful of players – nine to be exact – that still need to finish up 17 and/or 18.
One notable player that needs to finish up is Henrik Stenson. Stenson needs to finish up the 18th hole and is currently just one shot behind co-leaders Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Gary Woodland who share the lead at 3-under par.
Along with Stenson, the notables that are at 2-under par are U.S. Open Champion Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia, and Graham DeLaet. And it’s worth noting that only 21 players are currently under par for the tournament.