In what has been a generally disappointing week for the eleven strong Australian contingent, Robert Allenby heads the list which is rather ironic as up until not long before his tee time on Thursday there was still some doubt that he would even play. Allenby suffered a wrist injury while fishing last Sunday and was certainly talking as if the chances of him playing were 50/50 at best.
His opening round of 74 was solid enough and although he struggled to the turn in 40 today and put his chances of making the weekend in jepaordy he fought his way back with a closing nine of 34 and at 6 over leads Appleby by one. Allenby is still in pain however.
"It's not good," he said referring to the wrist. "It took 1200 milligrams of painkiller on the 3rd hole (he started at the 10th) today so I could get through the final few holes."
While he was happy to make the cut there were other sentiments as well.
"I am disappointed having played so well at the Players and then take the three weeks off and the get the flu then the tonsilitis issue, then the damaging the wrist fishing last weekend."
"I'm happy to be around for the weekend. I am going to go for it especially given the way the wrist is and that is what I did on the back nine today as I thought I had nothing to lose. Over par is going to win this tournament so if I can get lucky on the weekend then you never know. I will have plenty of pain-killer with me however."
"All pars and one birdie on the back nine today was good. The birdie came from probably the hardest putt of the day at the 8th and I made a very good par save at the 7th and another at the last also."
Appleby was forced to qualify for the event after his form had seen him slip well outside any qualifying criteria but he managed to do just that twelve days ago and has done well to hang on and secure a place in the weekend field. Appleby is playing his 14th US Open and has given himself a chance to better his previous best of 10th in 1998 at the Olympic Club. He will need something special if he is to do so but at least he has a chance.
After opening the event with a double bogey early on Thursday and being at 3 over through just four holes it was a recovery by the Victorian to make the cut.
Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy missed by one, Marc Leishman by two, Stephen Allan by three, Michael Sim and Paul Sheehan by four, John Senden by five, Terry Pilkadaris and Aaron Baddeley by eight and Michael Campbell by twelve.