Jose Maria Olazabal was not a happy reigning Masters champion Thursday night after shooting 75 in the first round of the U.S. Open. So he went back to his hotel room, punched a wall in anger and broke a bone in his right hand, forcing him to withdraw from the tournament today.
Olazabal's participation in the British Open at Carnoustie in Scotland July 12-18 also may be in doubt. Wearing a cast on his injured hand, Olazabal said he has been told he could be out for three to four weeks. Even if he is cleared to play in the British, he will be unable to practice for an event to be contested on extremely difficult seaside links.
"I was upset with myself," he said. "I wanted to do well this week. The way I played yesterday, I just did something I shouldn't have done. Now I'm paying the price."
Later in the day, three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin also withdrew from the tournament, citing a sore shoulder that has plagued him recently. A 76 in the first round didn't help ease the pain, nor did four bogeys in his first six holes today before he chose to leave the course.
John Daly reverted to the form of his mostly miserable '99 season in the second round today, shooting a 77 to go with his rather surprising opening-round 68 and tumbling off the leader board with a 5-over 145. He still made the cut, however, something he also had not expected considering he has missed the cut or withdrawn in his last four events. He pulled out of the Memorial two weeks ago after six-putting the 18th green.
Although Daly began with five straight pars, he bogeyed three of his last four front-nine holes, then had a double bogey and three straight bogeys from Nos. 14 through 17 before parring No. 18.
"I can't say I hit the ball that badly," Daly said. "It's a game of misses, especially at the U.S. Open. The game is so crazy. With my ability and talent, if I can get off to a good start tomorrow and find some confidence, there's no telling what can happen."
Daly was asked today if he had ever punched a wall, Olazabal style.
"I'm a little bigger than he is," he said. "Most things I punch, it goes right through the thing. In South Africa, I punched the TV and it kind of fought me back. I did it one time in Swaziland; I think I'd just gotten my first divorce. I was just in a great mood, was drunk off my butt and wound up shooting 23 under and winning the tournament.
"I've never really hit anything, but I tore up a few houses and cars. It's what we do. It's not the glamorous life everyone thinks."
In and Outs
Tom Watson, playing here with an exemption earned from last year's PGA Tour money list, shot a 70 -- 145 today and will be around on the weekend. Because he has chosen to play on the Senior PGA Tour, save for the British Open and PGA Championship, he will need a special exemption from the U.S. Golf Association to get into the field next year at Pebble Beach, where he won in 1982. Though there has been no formal announcement, the USGA is expected to grant it. . . . Among the notables to miss the cut were Mark O'Meara, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. . . . Fred Funk, the former Maryland golf coach, also missed the cut after five bogeys in his first six holes, a front-side 41 and a 78 -- 149. . . . Michael Muehr, a Nike Tour player from Great Falls, began with two bogeys and missed the cut by a stroke, 74 -- 148.
CAPTION: Masters champion but not master of his temper: Jose Maria Olazabal, shown during practice round, punched wall after first-round 75 and broke his hand.