Former K-State Golfer Watkins Makes Cut at U.S. Open

Aaron Watkins lettered from 2001-04

June 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Former Kansas State men’s golfer Aaron Watkins carded a 36-hole score of 3-over par 143 following the first two rounds of play to make the cut at the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.

Watkins began the event with a 2-over par score of 72 on Thursday and bettered that mark on Friday with a 1-over par 71 to sit in a tie for ninth heading into the final two rounds.

A letterwinner from 2001-04, Watkins totaled six birdies in his first 36 holes. Additionally, he played holes No. 1-6 – which have been considered by some the most difficult start in major-championship history – at a combined 1-over par.

Watkins will be in one of the last five groups teeing off on Saturday as he begins round-three play at 4:25 p.m. (CT). Coverage of the U.S. Open begins at 3 p.m., on NBC and continues until 9 p.m.

Watkins is the first Wildcat to play in the U.S. Open since Jim Colbert in 1987, which was also played at The Olympic Club. With his made cut, he is the first former Wildcat to make a cut at a major championship since Colbert tied for 25th at the 1984 PGA Championship.

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