June 15, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former UAB men's golfer Graeme McDowell kept himself in contention for another U.S. Open championship after carding a second round score of two-over par 72. He will enter Saturday's third round in a tie for fourth overall with a one-over par 141 (69-72) on the par-70, 7,107-yard Olympic Club course in San Francisco, Calif.
"I played some really nice golf the last two days," McDowell said following his round. "I made enough birdies to kind of offset some mistakes which I think is key. If you can make some birdies on this golf course, it really gives you a little bit of a cushion."
McDowell, who played with the Blazers from 1999-2002 and led the team to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances (2001 and 2002), had four birdies on Friday and got to two under before losing some ground late in the round with three bogeys in his last four holes. He is tied alongside first-round leader Michael Thompson, an Alabama graduate, John Peterson and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms all share the lead at one-under par 139 through the opening two rounds.
A two-time PING All-American and the 2002 Fred Haskins award recipient, McDowell captured the 2010 U.S. Open to become the first UAB golfer to ever win a major championship.
McDowell is performing impressively under the watchful eye of current UAB head men's golf coach Alan Kaufman, who made the trip to San Francisco to support his former player.
All the action of the 112th U.S. Open, including live scoring and Saturday's tee times, can be found by logging onto USopen.com.