June 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka is in a tie for 109th place with a 7 over par score of 77 after the first round of the 112th U.S. Open at the prestigious Olympic Club. He began his first round as hot as he has ever been with eight holes scored at par, one birdie and one bogey and was at even par at the turn. Koepka finished his first round at 7 over par over his final eight holes with two holes scored at par, five bogeys and a double bogey.
The projected cut – for the top 60 players to move onto weekend play in the final two rounds of the championship – is currently set at four over par meaning Koepka has some ground to make up in his second round of play. He begins his second round at 12:17 EST from hole No. 1 with playing partners Samuel Osborne (who carded a six over par score of 76 and is in a tie for 93rd place) and Kyle Thompson (who carded a 12 over par score of 82 and is in a tie for 152nd place). Because of the topography of the course, he began his first round on hole No. 9 instead of the customary hole No. 10.
Michael Woods of the United States leads the individual standings after carding a four under par 66 in the first round. Tiger Woods is in a tie for second place after finishing the first round with a one over par score of 69.
Koepka is tied for fifth among the nine amateurs playing in the event with only four amateurs playing better golf than the Seminole All-American on the first day. Beau Hossler, the leading amateur after the first round, carded an even par score of 70.
Koepka begins play in the second round one stroke ahead of 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson (who carded an eight over par score of 78 and is in a tie for 125th place), Luke Donald (the current No. 1 ranked player in the world who carded a nine over par score of 79 and is in a tie for 140th place) and 14-year old amateur Andy Zhang (who carded a nine over par score of 79 and is in a tie for 140th place). Koepka defeated Zhang in a one hole playoff to qualify for the event; Zhang later earned a spot in the event because on an injury withdrawal of one of the already qualified players. He is also tied with Rory McIlroy at seven over par entering the second round. McIlroy is the defending champion in the event.
Leading Amateurs Place Player Score vs. Par T7 Beau Hossler 70 E T23 Alberto Sanchez 72 +2 T52 Jordan Spieth 74 +4 T93 Patrick Cantlay 76 +6 T109 Brooks Koepka 77 +7 T109 Cameron Wilson 77 +7 T109 Hunter Hamrick 77 +7 T125 Nick Sherwood 78 +8 T140 Andy Zhang 79 +9