From the crowd to caddie
PINEHURST, N.C. – Kevin Kisner got a jump on Father's Day by coaxing his own dad out of the gallery Friday to serve as a last-minute caddie.
The 30-year-old PGA Tour pro was already 8 over and certain to miss the cut in his first national championship when he arrived at Pinehurst's 16th. Kisner said a double bogey there convinced him to send regular caddie Duane Bock into the crowd and turn the bib over to Steve Kisner.
"At first I was a little concerned about interfering with the group," Steve Kisner said, sitting alongside his son after the round. "One of the guys [in the group] still had a chance to make the cut, and I didn't want to change the flow. But Kevin insisted, and once he insisted, I was glad to do it."
Steve Kisner passed on his love of the game and had caddied for his son a few dozen times before, most recently at a mini-tour event.
The reason for his reluctance initially may have been about more than just disrupting the flow.
"You weren't drinking a beer or anything out there, were you?" a reporter asked.
"Actually I had a couple out there," Steve Kisner. "So I might be a good interview."
Let's putt two: Matt Kuchar rolled in a 2-foot bogey putt on the sixth hole. Then, he set down another ball and holed the putt again.
He was just playing it safe.
Kuchar's ball moved before he could hit the putt. If he had addressed the ball, it would have been a one-shot penalty, and Kuchar would have had to replace it to its original position. He called over a rules official to discuss it, and Kuchar was certain he had not addressed it. Lee Westwood, his playing partner, agreed.
"We called in a walking rules official, and he says, 'Not really sure,' and we come to the decision that I said, 'Let's play two balls and we can discuss it afterwards.' And in the discussion afterwards, we came to the same conclusion that I had not addressed it and not caused it to move," Kuchar said.
He made bogey on the next hole and shot 70 to finish nine shots behind.
One amateur left: The only amateur to make the cut at the U.S. Open won't be one for much longer.
Matthew Fitzpatrick, who was 4 over through two rounds, is scheduled to make his pro debut next week at the Irish Open.
In it to Quinn it: Fran Quinn will get to spend some quality time with his son on Father's Day.
The 49-year-old Web.com Tour journeyman followed his opening-round 68 with a 74 that left him 2 over, assured of making the cut.
That means he'll get to play Sunday with 15-year-old son Owen as his caddie.
"It's the U.S. Open. You go out there ... all the stands are packed, people are cheering for you," Quinn said. "People are rooting for you. People love the story. And, you know, it's pretty neat to see a father playing with his son caddying on the bag on Father's Day weekend."
Battle of the blues: Leave it to the USGA to stoke one of the nation's most intense rivalries in college sports.
This is a region where school ties run deep. And perhaps with that in mind, one of the Friday morning groupings included former University of North Carolina player Mark Wilson and Duke graduate Joe Ogilvie.
The USGA resorted to a bit of wordplay with the final member of the threesome – Ken Duke.
That led Ogilvie to quip that playing with Ken Duke "is much better than playing with Ken Carolina."