The leaderboard is exciting at the 2012 U.S. Open. Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and David Toms who are all major winners from the past are tied for the lead at golf’s second major of the year at -1. They are the only golfers in the field to not only break par, but be even or better.
Furyk, who is playing with Woods’ former caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan, shot a 1-under par, the third best score of the day.
A major story from the second round however was the play of 17 year-old amateur Beau Hossler, who remarkably had the lead for a short period of time in the second round, before struggling on the front eight. Still, he did make a remarkable chip in on the seventh hole to stay in contention.
Television coverage will get under way on NBC at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Here are the other events I’ll be watching:
Saturday–Euro 2012 Soccer–Greece vs. Russia–TSN2–12:45pm–The Russians have been the class of Group A so far, but only managed a 1-1 tie with Poland on Tuesday. A win however Saturday, puts the Russians in first place and a tie also advances them to the second round. A Russian loss could mean elimination, if the Czech Republic and Poland don’t tie. Greece meanwhile can still advance to the quarterfinals with a victory, even though they haven’t won a game in the tournament to date.
Saturday–Euro 2012 Soccer–Czech Repulic vs. Poland–TSN–12:45pm–This game is simple. A win and you’re in. A loss and you’re out. Poland, meanwhile cannot afford a draw, while the Czech Republic can advance to the second round on a draw if Greece doesn’t beat Russia.
Sunday–Euro 2012 Soccer–Germany vs. Denmark–CTV–12:45pm–Germany is in the best position of Group B. They advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a tie. But there is still a scenario where they could be eliminated. If Denmark wins and Portugal beats Netherlands, the Germans could be facing elimination based on goal differential. A draw would put Denmark in if Netherlands beat Portugal. A loss and Denmark is out.
Sunday–Euro 2012 Soccer–Netherlands vs. Portugal–TSN–12:45pm–Despite losing their first two games, Netherlands is not yet eliminated. They can still qualify with a win by two goals or more and a Germany win against Denmark. A tie or a loss and they’re eliminated. Portugal meanwhile advances to the quarterfinals with a win. They also advance with a tie if Denmark doesn’t beat Germany.
Sunday–Game 3 NBA Finals–Oklahoma City Thunder @ Miami Heat–ABC–6pm–Compared to Euro 2012 where my head is about to explode with all of the permutations and combinations, I’m glad to take a look at the NBA Finals. The Heat tied the series Thursday with a 100-96 win heading into south Florida this weekend for game three. The long distance range of Shane Battier continues to impress me. The NBA veteran now has 36 three-pointers in the NBA Playoffs to date.