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On One Hole, Streelman's Solid Gain Is Lost in Sand

The 108th U.S. Open played at Torrey Pines South Course in San Diego.

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By Gene Wang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 14, 2008

SAN DIEGO, June 13 -- Kevin Streelman found out quickly just how unforgiving a U.S. Open course can be. Streelman shot a 3-under-par 68 Thursday for a share of the first-round lead but plummeted to even par on one hole Friday.

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After pars at Nos. 1 and 2 to start his second round, Streelman arrived at the challenging par-3 third. But with one swing, Streelman was in a heap of trouble. His tee shot landed in the bunker, and the ball settled deep in the heavy sand.

"I could have stepped on it, and it would have been that bad," Streelman said. "I should have hit it a foot to the left, or a yard to the left and tried to get up and down from there."

Streelman wound up making triple-bogey 6, then made a double bogey at the par-4 sixth. The rest of his round was an exercise in inconsistency.

After shooting 3-over 38 on the front side, Streelman went par, par, bogey, birdie on his first four holes on the back. He added a double bogey at No. 15 and a bogey at the 16th to finish the second round nine shots worse than his opening 18 holes.

"That's a situation you face in the U.S. Open, and you need to take your medicine and just do the best with what you're given," Streelman said. "I definitely threw away a shot or two to the field. It was disappointing."

Trahan: 'I Feel Good'

After a championship run at Clemson, D.J. Trahan had what appeared a career of distinguished achievements in professional golf awaiting.

When he turned pro, however, winning did not come as easily or as frequently. He won once on the Nationwide Tour in 2004 and in 2006 claimed two victories on the PGA Tour. Now Trahan is looking for his most significant victory entering the weekend at the U.S. Open.

"I'm not trying to be too serious, but obviously I feel good," said Trahan, who shot 2 under Friday and is tied for fifth at 1-under 141 for the tournament. "If you're one under par through two rounds in a U.S. Open, you're doing something right."

Trahan was used to accomplishing just that in college, where he helped Clemson win its first NCAA golf championship in 2003. A year earlier, Trahan was named national college golfer of the year.

"Obviously you never know what you're going to get. You just have to play in the present," Trahan said of his steady opening rounds. "If the sun's out one minute and not the next, the breeze picks up, you have to deal with it. It's golf."

Marino Slumps

Former University of Virginia golfer Steve Marino opened with a promising 2-over 73, then fell off with a 78 in the second round. He wound up missing the cut by two strokes.

Marino, an all-ACC pick as a senior in 2002, played in his first U .S. Open last year at Oakmont, where he missed the cut. He joined the PGA Tour last year.

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