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PGA Championship birdies and bogeys

Tom Lehman is around for the weekend, but Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia miss the cut.

August 15, 2009|Teddy Greenstein

BIRDIE

Tom Lehman putted out on No. 18, and within seconds a fan shouted from the stands: "Thank you, Tom!"

Lehman removed his cap in gratitude but then whipped it downward, as if trying to swat a fly. He had just bogeyed the 18th by leaving an eight-foot putt short.

Few would have expected Lehman, 50, to make the cut in the PGA Championship, being played in his home state.

But Lehman made it with two shots to spare -- and longed to do even better.

"The fans here are tremendous; they're the best," Lehman said. "That's the reason I was pressing so hard early. I wanted to do something to please the fans, to let them know, 'Hey, I appreciate you.' "

Lehman began the day with three bogeys, but he turned it around by sinking a 60-foot eagle chip on the 564-yard seventh hole.

"That could not have come at a better time," he said.

Lehman played his final 12 holes in two under par. For that -- and for thrilling his fellow Golden Gophers alumni -- he deserves a birdie.

BOGEY

Adam Scott -- or the golfer impersonating Scott who turned in scores of 82-79.

Scott, who surged to No. 3 in the world rankings last summer, hit only nine greens in regulation Friday. "I need to keep working on what I believe is right," he said. "It's not just going to happen by sitting around and thinking about it. I used to be one of the most consistent players out here, and I'm not close to that [now]."

BIRDIE

Kerry Haigh. The PGA of America's setup guru chopped 53 yards off No. 14 for the second round, turning it into a drivable par four of 299 yards.

BOGEY

Sergio Garcia. He missed the cut by one after double-bogeying No. 18. "I love you, Serge!" a fan screamed as Garcia walked on the bridge from the 18th green to the scorer's tent. "I bet a lot of money on you in the majors. You're due!"

How true. Garcia will enter 2010 as (still) the best player never to win a major.

BIRDIE

Grant Sturgeon. The teaching professional from Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania shot a one-under 71 and stands at even par. "I've never played in front of this many people," Sturgeon said. "I've never played against the best in the world." You couldn't tell.

BOGEY

Mathew Goggin. The British Open contender shot an 80 to miss the cut by one.

Other notables who won't be around for the weekend: Davis Love III, Justin Rose and Mike Weir.

BIRDIE

TNT: For frequently showing Alvaro Quiros, the longest hitter on the course.

BOGEY

TNT: Its camera shot froze when Tiger Woods was attempting to keep his lead with a par putt on No. 12. The roar of the crowd let the TV audience know he drained it.

-- Teddy Greenstein

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