US Open Championship 18 - 21 June 2009

US Open Championship   18 - 21 June 2009

The second Major event of the year, takes place at Bethpage State Park Black Course, Farmingdale, New York, USA. Bethpage's emphasis on long, straight driving would undoubtedly suit Lee's game. Lee finished in 3rd place in the US Open last year.

(You can check out Lee's results in the Majors by clicking on The Majors on the "About Lee " drop-down menu).


"To come as close as I did last year - within touching distance really - gives you a lot of confidence and incentive to keep on working. It gives you the belief that you can do it," Lee said.
"Certainly it was a very important round for me personally because it doesn't get any more intense than that. Playing with Tiger made it extra special and I'm proud that I stayed with him on that day. So I now know that I have the bottle as well as the game. Sure I was a bit nervous but, mostly, I was excited and that is something I take strength from going into this one."

"I am now is more consistent so that my bad golf is not as bad as it used to be but my iron play is not as effective as it was back then. It's something I'm working on".

"I've gone back to Pete Cowen who coached me through that period so maybe we'll recapture some of the old style. Certainly, I feel good about things. The US Open has always been the major I've fancied myself for, most. It just seems to suit my game and that's half the battle if you feel that way. I've had a good career so far, very good (28 titles and six Ryder Cups) but if you could throw in a major, maybe two, then you'd have to say it has been great. I won't complain if I end up with nothing majorwise but I hope to pull at least one in before I'm done. The other fact is that we're all getting older and so I need to crack on. What I can assure you is that I'm putting in the effort."

Billy Foster was surprised when three generous New Yorkers pressed $100 dollar bills into his hand during practice for this week's US Open at Bethpage Black after hearing of Foster's 90-mile hike in aid of breast and children's cancer charities - read Press Release

Lee had a 13.28 (BST) tee-time from the 1st with Zach Johnson and nineteen year old sophomore, David Erdy (Shingo Katayama has withdrawn due to back injury).  He managed just five holes with bogeys on the first two holes, the second was when he three-putted "through a puddle", he added, before the atrocious weather conditions and flooded greens stopped first round play at 15.17 local time.

"It's not easy, it's pretty miserable out there. The ball keeps picking up mud and then squirting out sideways, so it's a difficult mental battle. Have to say, it's not too disappointing to be taken off the course - and it doesn't look likely that we'll be out there soon. Another couple of inches and that's it for the day. I'll just sit around, watch tv and eat, I guess."

He was fairly pleased with his performance on Friday, when he completed his first round.  He birdied 9 but then bogeyed 10 when he had mud on the ball.  A 25 foot putt at the last pulled up just two inches short and he had to settle for par and a 2-over 72 for the round.


"I was pretty pleased with the way I played. Two-over after five holes yesterday was the absolute worst that it could have been. I three putted the second through a puddle and on the first I had a massive clump of mud on the ball and my second shot squirted off sideways as a result. Then I missed good chances at three, four and five so it was disappointing to play that well, but start like that. But then I knew that I was playing well and felt I coudld get out there today and do some damage. The only bogey I made today was again because of mud in the ball on ten but played very solidly. I was unlucky in the greens and that was summed up at the 18th when I finally got one on line and left it two inches short. Plus 2 is a good start and I am right in it"

The early players from the first round, again drew the short straw in the weather stakes on Saturday, as the persistent rain continued.  Lee, however, was not deterred.  He opened (from the 10th) with three birdies in a row (including a 35- footer at 12), moving to 1-under par. He added bogeys to his card at 15 and 17 and continued to make par until the 4th, when he carded another birdie. His approach at the 5th (his 14th) stopped pin high and he made his 4ft putt for a birdie to go 1-under.  He just missed a birdie chance at the next but the 25ft putt at 8 (his 17th) sank for another birdie to take him to 2-under. He made a great effort for a long birdie chance at the last but it wasn't to be, but his second round 66 took him to T7th place on the leaderboard.

"I went in with the idea of being the leading player on my side of the draw. I have managed to do that and I'm delighted. Being two ­under has given me confidence, '' Lee said later. "I only missed two fairways today and two greens, like I did yesterday - the only difference was that the putts dropped today!"

It was expected that Lee would continue with the third round later in the day but heavy rain continued and play was suspended.

Lee had a good start to his third round on Sunday, picking up a birdie at the second and moving to 4-under at the 4th. He missed a putt for par at the 5th and missed a 15-footer for par at the 7th.  His second at the 9th finished within a couple of feet of the pin and he popped in a birdie to go 2-under for event. He messed up at 14, then missed a four-footer for bogey, dropping back to one over. bogeyed the next and made par at the remaining holes, ending the round with a 74 and back to 2-over for the event.

He had a late (6.09-local time), 4th round start, making par at each hole until he struggled in the fading light, posting back to back double-bogeys at the 7th and 8th, when the klaxon was sounded to announce end of play.  He is now five over with 10 holes to play, currently lying in T29th spot.

Lee opened with a birdie at the 9th on Monday but added another two bogeys and a birdie to his card to settle for a fourth round, 3-over 73. Five over for the event (285), left him in T23rd place.

The US Open Championship winner was Lucas Glover on 4-under par.

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