|By Paul Doyle, The Hartford Courant|
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There was no last-minute drama as he teed off at
He gathered himself with four consecutive birdies, finishing the round at 1-under-par 69.
"Maybe I should be more disorganized in the future," Steele said. "I was ready to go [Friday], so that's probably why the score is a little higher."
Still, he's in the hunt as the final two rounds begin Saturday. With a two-day score of 131, Steele is just two shots behind leader
"I'm really happy with it," Steele said. "Overall. I felt like I did everything about the same as [Thursday]. It just didn't quite work as well."
Snedeker 6 Under
After spending much of Sunday at the U.S. Open dealing with an achy back,
"Two days playing, no issues, getting better every day, so hopefully it's all behind me," Snedeker said. "Obviously, I'm a little further back than I wanted to be. I played really good [Thursday] and just didn't make the putts I needed to. And [Friday], I scraped it around a little bit on the front nine, started to hit a couple better shots on the back nine. I'm going to have to shoot something low on weekend."
Snedeker said he pulled something Sunday morning and it got worse as the day went on. He finished tied for ninth at the Open and tests came back negative Monday. After a few days of therapy, he is in the hunt in
"I was playing good so I thought if I could get through the painful part of it I was swinging it really good and hitting it really solid, kind of hitting it where I was looking, and U.S. Opens don't come along every day," Snedeker said.
Organizers of an exhibit, The History of The
Ace For Byrd
"He was with us all [Thursday] and he was there our first tee this morning," Byrd said. "He was excited to be out there. He was fist-pumping us on about every hole. It was pretty cool. He was about my son's age  so I just gave him the ball."
The shot helped Byrd just make the cut and came after he opened his round with a birdie. He received no prize for his ace. The only hole-in-one that earns a player a prize in the tournament is at No. 16. The first player to do that receives a bracelet valued at
Duke Hangs On
It looked like defending champion
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