Paul Casey: Biggest Disappointment 2009 US Open

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IJune 20, 2009

Now that the first two rounds of the US Open have been completed at Bethpage, it didn't take me more than 10 seconds for me to realize that Paul Casey was the biggest disappointment over the first two rounds.

Tiger Woods is 11 strokes back and Phil Mickelson raised expections by getting to three under par at one point, but it's Paul Casey by a mile.

Casey was a trendy pick by a lot of experts. After winning his first title at the Shell Houston Open recently, Casey ascended to the third spot in the world rankings.

Let's look at just how poorly Paul Casey played during his 36 holes at Bethpage.

Two rounds of 75 are never good for a player as talented as Casey, but his play was downright awful.

Casey hit just 15 of 28 fairways and just 20 of 36 GIR. Those stats aren't even his worst: 64 putts during those two rounds.

Coming into this week, Casey was 22nd in both scoring per round, at 70.12, and Greens in regulation, at 68.25. Casey is also fifth in birdies per round on the PGA tour this year but failed to record a single birdie in either round.

Even though Ernie Els and Padrig Harrington are household names and former major champions, neither was expected to contend like Casey.

Paul Casey is clearly the biggest disappointment so far, and based on his track record in majors, maybe we shouldn't expect him to contend all that often. That's simply frustrating!