Ryan Lumsden’s weekend at Shinnecock Hills probably didn’t go as well as he wanted it to, but at least he can say tied 2014 U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer and finished one stroke behind two-time champ Ernie Els.
Lumsden missed the cut at the U.S. Open this weekend, shooting an 82 on the par-70 course on Thursday before improving to card a 76 on Friday. The rising senior on the Northwestern men’s golf team qualified for the tournament as an amateur by winning a sectional qualified.
Lumsden started his round well enough on Thursday, shooting a four-over 39 on the front nine. His drive was solid all day, averaging 314 yards. However, a string of bogeys and double bogies brought his first day score to 82. On Thursday, the field averaged a score of 76.41, the highest U.S. Open first round average since 1986.
Lumsden’s accuracy improved on day two, as he hit 50 percent of greens in regulation compared to 33 percent on his first round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course. He rolled in his first birdie on the ninth hole, bringing his score to 38.
1st birdie of the week for Ryan Lumsden! Conditions more like the Open Championship right now! pic.twitter.com/yJQacW5AXZ— David Inglis (@NUDinglis) June 15, 2018
He managed two more birdies on the back nine, shooting a six-over 76. Over 36 holes, he finished 14th among 21 amateurs. A Big Ten fan handed him a beer on the course during Friday’s round, too.
I’m not a golf fan, so I’m not sure about the etiquette surrounding drinking on the course, but hey, that Northwestern polo looks sharp. We can also agree that Lumsden is indeed, “the man.”
In other news, former Wildcat Matthew Fitzpatrick is seven shots back of leader Dustin Johnson after two rounds. Fitzpatrick carded a 73 on Thursday before following that up with an even-par 70 on Friday. He carded an eagle on the fifth hole on Thursday and hit 24 of 28 fairways over the first two rounds.
The field is chasing Johnson, who is four strokes up on second place, but it will be cool to see Fitzpatrick, who is tied for eleventh, in the last few groups this weekend. Last year, Fitzpatrick tied for 35th at the U.S. Open.