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Free Form Friday Needs Some Shelter From The Storm.

Sam Greenwood

Maestro, if you will:

It was a weird opening day at the 113th U.S. Open at Merion. In addition to Bubba Watson randomly photobombing his friends, Phil Mickelson arrived at the club just in time to tee off and nearly left with the lead, and Chris Berman provided both awkward golf commentary and awkward weather commentary.

Bubba begins Day Two sitting 5 shots back tied for 35th at +1, while his fellow Bulldog Russell Henley only made it through 6 holes on a soggy Thursday and is stuck at +3. Hopefully he'll be able to get it going on Friday on what will hopefully be a course made for scoring after yesterday's rain. At least to the extent any U.S. Open course is made for scoring.

Luke Donald sits atop the leader board at -4 through 13, which has to have really offended the tournament committee. U.S. Open tournament committees exist solely so that unrepentant pro golfers will have a shorter acclimation period when they arrive in Hell. And for our amusement, of course.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy watching and discussinthe world's best golfers try to play golf on a marble countertop fringed with four inches of Satan's own special turf grass. It's gonna be a blast.