Andrade's 76 brings him back to earth

June 14, 1991|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Correspondent

CHASKA, Minn. -- Billy Andrade knew it was inevitable. He knew that the birdies would stop, the bogeys would start and that his amazing run of golf would come to an end.

"I'm not Superman; it's going to happen sometime," Andrade said last night.

Andrade, who came into the U.S. Open after back-to-back victories at the Kemper Open and Buick Classic, lost his cape yesterday on the back nine of the Hazeltine National Golf Club and finished with a 4-over-par 76.

After playing the first 10 holes at 4-under par, he played the last eight at 8-over, including a triple bogey 8 at the par-5 11th and a quadruple bogey 8 at the par-4 16th.

Andrade, who has been on a whirlwind schedule since winning the Kemper Open in Potomac, Md., two weeks ago, came into the Open a bit drained. Yesterday's rain delay of more than two hours didn't help.

"When I came back out, I was totally exhausted," said Andrade, who fell asleep for a short time on the bus carrying the players back to the clubhouse. "I didn't know what to expect."

When Andrade returned, his game did not. He bogeyed the par-5 15th, took the quadruple-bogey after hitting into a hazard on 16 and parred the last two holes. But he seemed as unfazed by the crash as he did by his sudden rise after his first two PGA Tour victories.

"It's not the end of the world," he said.

* While Andrade lost his game on the back nine, Fred Funk never really got his going. The former University of Maryland golf coach, who was one of the hottest players on the tour last month, was all over the course en route to a 3-over par 75.

Funk went from 1-under to 2-over while playing the last three holes on the front nine. As he came onto the 10th tee, Funk was muttering to himself and flung his ball into a trash bag. "I've been throwing away shots all day," he said.

He got back to 1-under with a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 10, but bogeys on the par-3 13th and the par-5 15th put him at 3-over. He birdied the difficult 16th but double-bogeyed the par-3 17th when he put his tee shot in the water.

"It was a weird round," he said.

Two of the weirder moments came at 15, when he hit the lens of an ABC-TV camera behind the green on a bounce, and on 18, when his 40-foot putt hit the hole, bounced up in the air and fell in the hole.

"I had pulled out the sand wedge," said Funk's caddie, Robert Cielinsky. "That ball was in the bunker."

Said Funk, "I never hit a ball so hard that went in."

* The only other local player, Woodmont head pro Bob Boyd, shot 3-over par 75.

Odds and ends

Best score: 67, by Nolan Henke and Payne Stewart.

Worst score: 88, by Joe Hajduch.

Best hole: Hole-in-one by John Inman on 194-yard fourth hole; eagle-2 by Henke on 440-yard first hole.

Worst hole: Quadruple-bogey 8 by Billy Andrade and Mitch Adcock at 384-yard par-4 16th; quadruple bogey 7 by amateur Jeff Lee on 166-yard par-3 eighth hole.

Largest margin of difference between nines: 10 shots by Andrade (33-43).

Leaders' cards

Cards of the leaders after the first round yesterday of the U.S. Open:

Par out: ... ... ... 445 ... 344 ... 534-36 Henke out: ... .. .. 244 ... 334 ... 444-32

Stewart out: ... ... 344 ... 244 ... 534-33

Par in: ... ... ... 454 ... 345 ... 434-36-72 Henke in: ... .. .. 354 ... 345 ... 434-35-67

Stewart in: ... ... 444 ... 344 ... 434-34-67

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