Tough Open Finish For Bud Cauley

Bud Cauley learned a lesson Sunday. It wasn't an expensive lesson in that the former Alabama golf star playing in his first professional tournament will cash a nice check for his performance in the United States Open Golf Tournament.

Bud Cauley demonstrated time and again in his Alabama golf career that he knows how to finish a tournament. Unfortunately, Cauley didn't have the finish he would have liked in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Nevertheless, by making the cut in the prestigious event, Cauley has gotten his professional career off to a nice start.

To be sure, Cauley – nor any others in the field – were going to challenge Rory McElroy, who ran away from the field from day one. McElroy won the Open with one of the great performances in major tournament history, firing a 268, which was 16 under par and eight strokes clear of runner-up Jason Day.

Cauley, a three-time All-America for the Crimson Tide, went into Sunday's final round at four over par. After nine holes Sunday he was still at four over with one birdie and one bogey on the front. But on the back nine he had three bogeys and a double bogey for a 76, five-over-par.

For the tournament, Cauley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., had an even par 71 in the first round, a 72 in the second round, and a 74 in the third round. His total of 293 was nine over par.

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