Ricky Barnes in U.S. Open Record Book

June 20, 2009

AP Golf Writer

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Another day at the U.S. Open ended with a familiar drill. Players dodged puddles in the parking lot as they headed to their cars, a round left incomplete for the third straight day. The maintenance crew grabbed squeegees and pumps as they headed out to Bethpage Black to wage a losing battle against the rain.

Not so familiar were some of the numbers on the leaderboard - and the names next to them.

Ricky Barnes, who took six years to reach the big leagues, is now in the record book with the lowest 36-hole score in the 109 years of the U.S. Open. He knocked in a 45-foot birdie putt on his 17th hole Saturday, completed a bogey-free 65 in his second round and reached the tournament's halfway point at 8-under 132.

He is among eight players yet to hit a single shot in the rain.

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