June 13, 2008
Clemson, SC — Clemson rising junior Kyle Stanley shot a seven-over-par 78 on Friday and missed the 36-hole cut by one shot at the 2008 United States Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA. Stanley was trying to become just the second active Clemson golfer to make the cut at a professional major. Chris Patton made the cut at the 1990 Masters and finished 39th.
It was an unlucky Friday the 13th for Stanley, but lucky for Stuart Appleby, the tournament leader after 36 holes. Appleby made a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to knock Stanley and 10 others off the cutline. All players within 10 shots of the lead make the cut at the US Open and when Appleby made his long putt on the last hole, it put Stanley 11 shots off the lead and out of the tournament.
Stanley had rounds of 72-78 for his 36 holes at Torrey Pines. He had a difficult start with bogeys on three of his first four holes, then had a triple bogey seven on the par four 17th hole. He came back with a birdie on 18, but had a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the third hole. Stanley settled down and made pars on five holes in a row before finishing with a birdie on the ninth hole.
Stanley then waited to see if he made the cut based on the 10 shot rule.
Many golfers had chances to knock him out. Appleby was the last golfer on the course with a chance to get to three under and he succeeded. Stanley tied for the lead in the 156-player field in greens in regulation in the first round when he and Patrick Sheehan both reached 15 of 18 greens. But, Stanley reached just seven of 18 greens in regulation on Friday.
Former Clemson All-American D.J. Trahan is in a tie for fifth place entering the final round. This is the highest ranking for a former Clemson golfer at the midway point of the US Open since Jonathan Byrd was tied for third at the 36-hole mark in 2003. Appleby has the lead at three under par, while Rocco Mediate, Robert Karlsson and Tiger Woods are all two under par entering the third round.
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