David Hearn finished off his second round Saturday morning putting up a couple of birdies to finish up at one-under. That made him one of only six golfers to post a score in red numbers on the round.
Hearn said he seemed to get the feel of the greens when he headed out for his 7:15am start, something that was missing on Thursday and Friday.
I asked him if it was possible to have any fun on a golf course that's playing as tough as Merion is and he said yes, sort of.
"You can have fun out there," he said. "It's just not the kind of fun that most people have on the weekend."
Hearn's fine round moved him up 87 spots.
Mike Weir wasn't thinking he'd be battling the cutline when he started out on Saturday, but the lefthander needed to drain a slippery seven-footer on 18 just to get in on the number.
"I don't know," he said when asked to explain his morning, "I just felt out of sorts. Maybe it had something to do with the 3:45am wake-up time but I sure wasn't expecting this."
Weir missed four fairways during his final seven holes and three of them were by only about a foot. But it doesn't matter around here – you're usually just hacking it out of the rough.
He's still glad to be playing the final two rounds.
"The way I'm hitting it, I would have been really disappointed not to have been playing on the weekend."
Adam Hadwin was left scratching his head after his U.S. Open performance ended on a down note. Hadwin played just five holes on Thursday and when he came back to resume play on Friday, the wheels seemed to fall off. He went 11 over in a 12-hole stretch. He added a 76 in his second round to miss the cut.
"I felt as if I was playing pretty well coming in here," said the Web.com Tour regular. "I'm going to have to go back and figure out where I am and what's going on."
Hadwin was planning on staying around Philadelphia for the weekend and enjoying some time with family and friends who'd made the trek to watch him play.
I asked Ryan Yip what he would take from his experience at the U.S. Open and he said that he has work to do.
"This place really exposed my flaws," he stated after winding up his last two holes on Saturday morning. "I have a lot of work to do when I get back."
Yip finished up at 13-over for his two rounds but was still smiling.
"I was looking forward to trying to get back to this place," he said of Merion where he played the 2005 U.S. Amateur. "It was a great week."
Yip will head up to his hometown of Calgary on Monday to play in the PGA Tour Canada event there. While a native of the Alberta city, he splits time now between California and Ohio and will be returning to Cowtown for the first time in two years.
Now that he's seen one of the biggest events in golf, everything else for Mackenzie Hughes is going to seem just a little bit smaller. The native of Dundas, Ont., said he's sure next week's PGA Tour Canada event in Calgary "will seem smaller" but then, what wouldn't?
Hughes was disappointed with his play at Merion, saying he had hoped to play a little better but the experience of being in this event will help him grow as a professional.
As with Yip, Hughes is headed to Calgary for his next start but before that, he's hoping to do a little watching.
"I think my player badge will get me inside the ropes," he stated. "I'll probably go out and walk with some of the final groups this afternoon."