U.S. Open Notebook

Casey Comes to the Defense of British Players

The 108th U.S. Open played at Torrey Pines South Course in San Diego.
By Gene Wang and Leonard Shapiro
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, June 15, 2008

SAN DIEGO, June 14 -- The latest volley in the running feud between Vijay Singh and British golfers came from England's Paul Casey after his third round at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Earlier this week, Singh was critical of players from England, calling them "lazy Brits" for not working hard enough at improving their game.

"My work rate is absolutely fine," Casey said. "Vijay's clearly is more than most other people's. But look at Monty [Colin Montgomerie]. You rarely saw him on the range, but he is absolutely brilliant. That is just his style. It is horses for courses. I think overall the British guys are working very hard."

Casey said he had not heard about Singh's comments until countryman Luke Donald, who shot even-par 142 over the first two rounds, informed him Friday.

After rallying for a 70 Friday to make the cut on the number (149), Casey shot 5-over-par 76 Saturday and didn't sound like practice was in his immediate plans.

"A padded cell might be nice," he said. "I'm not sure the range is the place to go, really. To be honest, in weeks like this, sometimes you just want to get away from the golf course sometimes once you are done playing."

Two Fans Arrested

Two unruly fans were arrested late Friday afternoon after a heckling incident on the ninth hole at Torrey Pines that also involved the caddies of Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson.

Tony Navarro, Scott's veteran caddie, apparently accosted a fan who had been verbally heckling his golfer for several holes. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Navarro "charged the ropes that keep fans off the course, went under the ropes with his bag on his back and head-butted" one of the fans. Jim Mackay, Mickelson's caddie, then went under the ropes to help Navarro.

Order was quickly restored, and the fans, identified as Thomas Campbell, 62, of Upland, Calif., and his son, Thomas J. Campbell, 37, of Apple Valley, were arrested by police on suspicion of being drunk in public and escorted off the course in handcuffs.

Jim Schuch, a marshal who said he witnessed the entire incident, told the Union-Tribune: "I don't know if the guy was high or drunk, but he kept yelling and going at Scott's caddie. The caddie went after him . . . and then the police came in and broke it up."

Chip Shots

Mickelson and Scott, Nos. 2 and 3 in the world, were paired together for the third straight round Saturday after each finished 36 holes at 4-over 146 . . .

Justin Leonard, who won last week's PGA Tour event in Memphis, was at 5-over 147 to make the cut by two shots Friday, despite a rather unusual scorecard. Over his first 36 holes, Leonard did not make a birdie or eagle, with 31 pars and five bogeys . . .

No decision has been made about whether to play the 14th hole as a 277-yard par 4. The first three days, the hole has been played at 435 yards, but USGA officials said if the weather holds, they probably will use the shorter tee Sunday. They also are expected to play the 13th from the tips Sunday, making it a 614-yard par 5 . . .

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