Cauley Continues Solid Open Play

If Bud Cauley had known a week ago that he would be preparing for the final round of the United States Open Golf Tournament, and leading the likes of Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, and Bubba Watson in his first tournament as a professional, he probably would have been pleased.

There is not going to be the ultimate Hollywood story. Bud Cauley finished his Alabama career at the end of his junior season, qualified for the United States Open as his first tournament as a professional, and has acquitted himself well with one round to play. But he is not going to win.

Cauley is at plus four (217) and tied for 42nd place. Among other at that score is Ratief Goosen.

But the runaway leader at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., is Rory McIlroy, who is at minus 14 (199) and eight strokes clear of Y.E. Yang.

There are many seasoned professionals in front of Cauley, but among those behind him at Lucas Glover (by one) and Michelson, Donald, and Watson by three.

Moreover, among those missing the cut (which was plus 5 after two rounds) are Stewart Cink, Paul Casey, Chad Campbell, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Aaron Baddeley, Nick O'Hern, Ernie Els, and Jim Furyk, among many household PGA and international names.

Cauley was even par 71 in his first round. He was unable to complete his second round until Saturday morning, having one hole to play. He bogeyed the 18th to finish his second round at plus one for the round and the tournament.

In his third round he had three birdies and three bogeys, but had a triple bogey on the 11th hole, which resulted in his three-over-par round.

Cauley, a three-time All-America for the Crimson Tide from Jacksonville, Fla., will tee off at 11:40 EDT (10:40 central time) in the final round Sunday. He will play with Gary Woodland, also at plus four.

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