The Challenge: Part 8
They didn't all break 100, but they all met the challenge. Watch the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge with Michael Jordan, Justin Timberlake, Ben Roethlisberger and contest winner Larry Gibelhausen as they try to break 100 at Bethpage Black.
Released on 7/9/2009
[Rocco] You wanna try this.
I want you to look at the left fringe.
What is that?
200 yards, I like this, up the hill.
[Roethlisberger] You like this one?
So, you keep your eye on that left fringe
and that's where you're looking.
Yeah, Mike, go ahead.
It's up to you, if you want to do it, do it.
[Dan] And normally, Roger, when you miss the fairway here,
you've got no shot to get it up there on the surface.
[Roger] And this is way right here,
and, of course, there's gonna be some galleries
to trample this stuff down during The Open,
but, there haven't been any galleries here so far,
so, this is kind of a dicey lie and up this hill.
This is a tough shot.
[Dan] As you can see, he's got two hundred and one yards
up the hill.
[Roger] Good swing.
Powerful man, made good contact.
[Dan] That was absolutely pured up the hill
for Roethlisberger, what a shot.
[Roger] Ends up on the back plateau.
You're strong man.
I would have had to lay up.
Is that off the back?
That's got to be off the back.
You don't because you're strong.
I don't think it is.
I don't care where it is.
[Roger] He's hit more quality shots today
then I've ever seen him hit before, really,
in the times I've watched him.
Replay of the shot here.
Look at this, this shot plays substantially uphill.
[Dan] Not only does he get it up there on the green,
but leaves it in the perfect spot, right below the hole.
If you can, Mr. Roethlisberger, describe that shot.
I owe it all to my caddie, Rocco.
No, you know what, we just said,
try and muscle something up there and,
I guess that's kinda what Tiger feels like.
It felt like, going out the crowd was great, it felt good.
You were gonna lay up before Rocco got over there.
Rocco's made me, he hasn't let me lay up all day.
So, I might as well just keep going for it.
Alright, well, great playin'.
[Fred] I'm just giving you my two cents Mike.
I don't think you need to get cute.
His ball hit and plugged.
What I'm saying is, if you go left,
where the girls are walking now.
[Fred] And hit a decent shot,
you're gonna be left of the hole
and it's gonna roll right.
I'm not saying you're gonna be 10 feet,
but look where his ball has ended up.
[Fred] But, what I'm saying is,
you don't need to get cute,
you just need to hit a semi-quality shot.
Make sure you grip it in the left hand.
[Dan] Alright, so the third for Jordan here,
out of the rough.
And, despite that 11th hole where he double-bogied it,
it has been a solid start to this back nine.
[Roger] Key issue here,
he wants to get the ball on the right level.
Don't want to come up short,
it'll roll all the way back to the front of the green
if he doesn't get it over the ridge.
And that is really,
really, a good shot.
[Fred] That was the best shot of the day.
[Dan] So, Jordan right below the hole
in good shape to maybe make a four.
Giebelhausen for a five.
[Roger] Shouldn't be a whole lotta break in this.
Gotta go to the right some.
[Dan] So Giebelhausen would make a double-bogey here
to fall to plus 23.
Still has six shots to play with on the final three holes.
Jordan for par.
[Roger] That ball didn't move to the right at all.
That stayed almost dead straight.
[Dan] Jordan playing pretty well, you know,
with the injured ligaments in his left wrist
that occurred about six months ago, Roger,
while he was hitting a shot from the rough.
In fact, that injury kept him from playing
in his own event in the Bahamas.
So, Michael has toughed it out pretty good today.
Not exactly 100%.
So, here we go with Roethlisberger for a birdie,
on the toughest hole on the course.
[Roger] I am so impressed with his play.
I didn't think he could play this good,
I'll be honest with you.
[Dan] He's never taken a lesson, completely self-taught,
and obviously has so many duties
with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a quarterback in the NFL.
This is one impressive round
Over at the par four 16th.
Jordan at plus 15.
[Fred] Golf shot.
[Roger] Downhill, dogleg left four par here.
Just a ribbon of fairway down there,
and that will catch it.
[Dan] Now Giebelhausen, again, at plus 23.
The magic number to break a hundred is plus 29.
He's got three holes left.
[Roger] Needs to stay steady.
[Dan] Needs to play plus six golf
or better on the final three.
And, this is not a good one.
Headed way left,
and in the deep fescue.
[Roger] Out in the native grasses there.
That could be hard to find.
You could lose a ball easily out there.
[Dan] In fact, they're discussing
whether Larry should play a provisional or not.
[Roger] Which means he can play another ball,
and if the original ball should not be found
then his next shot, his provisional,
would be laying three and would be in play.
Four, I think.
[Dan] So, as you look at Larry's card there,
again, was seemingly in good shape,
but, how quickly it can change on a US Open golf course.
[Roger] Well, now he,
the one thing he really didn't want to have happen
is to have a lost ball, which it could well be out there.
You don't want a disaster hole.
That would end, or really make his quest
to break a hundred tough.
[Dan] So, here's the provisional tee shot,
and that looks like it's headed the other way.
[Roger] That's headed out right.
[Dan] That one certainly findable,
but, when we come back,
we'll check in on his first tee shot.
Giebelhausen trying to hang on and break a hundred.