The Challenge: Part 9
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
[Dan] So, this was the scene
left of the 16th fairway just a moment ago,
Larry Giebelhausen and some USGA officials
including Mike Davis, looking for Giebelhausen's tee shot
in the tall fescue.
They were never able to find it,
so on the other side, the 4th shot for Giebelhausen.
[Roger] Still in tall stuff, and...
Did that ball come out?
[Dan] That maybe moved a foot or two.
[Dan] So now, his 5th shot.
Just trying to chuck it out to the fairway, okay.
So, Jordan now, with his 2nd,
from 222 yards after a good tee shot.
[Caddie] Golf shot.
[Roger] Wow, solid there,
trying to hit a low left-to-right peeler in there.
[Roger] That should come off that fringe.
No, it stays up.
[Caddie] Alright, Mike.
[Dan] So barring disaster, it looks like Jordan
is gonna win his bet with Tiger, but stay tuned for that,
you know how quickly it can change.
From 212, Timberlake.
[Roger] Good angle here.
Great lie he got.
[Dan] Takes a hybrid and just drills it
into the meat of the green.
Beautiful shot by Timberlake!
Something good happened today, Ben. (laughs)
[Caddie] You're gonna hit grass.
[Dan] What a disaster is happening
This is his 8th shot, and he's still not on the green.
[Roger] Remember, he made an eight
on a par three, the 3rd, earlier in the round,
and now having another disaster hole.
[Dan] That, to go along with three triples,
but through all of those problems,
he had kinda steadied the ship
to have good chance at breaking 100.
Now, he is in deep trouble.
Jordan, for birdie.
[Roger] Should move to his right.
[Roger] That's not bad at all.
That's a good putt, good speed.
[Dan] In the meantime, Jordan looks like
he could take on his good friend, Tiger.
Well, maybe, let's not get carried away.
[Roger] That is carried away.
[Dan] But he is lookin' good.
[Roger] Get a hold of yourself, Danny.
[Dan] For quintuple.
Didn't turn, hit it too hard though, too, I guess.
[Dan] So, Giebelhausen lies nine.
Timberlake, after pulling off
one of his better shots of the day, for a three.
A little competition here between Timberlake and Jordan,
It went right through it.
[Roger] Exactly right, he just hit it too hard.
The ball never had a chance to turn.
[Dan] But this, for a 10 for Giebelhausen.
[Roger] Double digits, boy that really hurts.
[Dan] We said he had six shots
to play with coming to 16,
he just used them all up at 16.
And now, he's got to play par golf for the final two holes.
Two holes that are very difficult,
especially the par three 17th, Roger,
which plays at 208 yards.
[Roger] An uphill shot,
a huge bunker surrounding the green,
and a tough green to boot.
It's a terrific par three.
[Dan] Lookin' so good for so long
in this back nine.
Can he come up with two pars, for a 99?
[Roger] He's got a chance at 18, I would think.
He's gotta hit a good shot here.
Gotta get it on the green.
[Dan] Looked like a smooth swing.
And, he is aboard.
[Roger] Okay, he'll have to putt
over a substantial ridge in that green, but aboard.
[Dan] But, especially for an amateur,
anywhere on this green is great.
[Roger] Is good, that's a good shot.
[Dan] But, that will be
a tough two-putt for Giebelhausen.
Snoopy one, high above, providing the great views
of this Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge,
and you can look to the skies for the MetLife blimps
as they pass through a town near you.
A little more blue sky up there than when we first started.
Roethlisberger's tee shot found the bunker here at 17.
[Roger] Big, deep bunker here at the 17th,
and continues to impress.
I am so impressed with Ben Roethlisberger.
If you'd have played the break, I told you,
you'd have made it, but you didn't listen.
I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
[Dan] Nice work, indeed.
Now, Giebelhausen for this testy putt up the hill.
[Roger] Steeply up hill the first 2/3 of the putt
and breaks left.
[Dan] Wow, absolutely hammered it.
[Justin] I scared you.
[Dan] I mean, how often do you see it?
Especially from an amateur, Roger.
You gotta get the ball up the slope and...
I don't have a clue anymore, Justin.
[Dan] You just hammer it.
[Roger] You could hear him say,
I don't have a clue anymore.
I'm sure his mind is racing
after the 10 at the previous hole.
[Dan] And all these players know what's at stake.
Giebelhausen needs to make this, and hope for a four at 18.
If he doesn't, he needs a birdie at 18,
and that's what he's gonna need.
So, it's gonna be a bogey four for Giebelhausen,
a costly three-putt.
Now, Roethlisberger to cap off a great save.
And he stays at plus-11.
Plus-four on the back for Roethlisberger.
Giebelhausen needs a little magic, though,
at 18 to get under 100.