Tomasulo and Wi End Play at 2009 U.S. Open
June 20, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Two of the greatest players in the history of Cal men's golf, Peter Tomasulo and Charlie Wi, battled through rollercoaster conditions in a field stocked with the world's best players and fell just short of making the cut, ending their 2009 U.S. Open experience on Saturday at Bethpage State Park's Black Course.
For the first time since the 1998 Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club, the exact minimum of 60 players advanced to the final two rounds, based on a stroke-score cut of 144 established by a record two-round total of 132 by former U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes, who leads the field.
That meant that Tomasulo's 73-72 - 145 left him tied for 61st and only one stroke short of continuing on Sunday in his second U.S. Open (Torrey Pines, 2008) , while Wi's 75-72 - 147 (T92) left him three strokes short at his first Open.
Rain suspended play again on Saturday for the second time in three days. The first round saw play end prematurely on Thursday morning with standing water on every hole, when Wi was tied for 56th at plus-3 after eight holes and Tomasulo had yet to begin his round.