PITTSFORD, N.Y. - The support for pro Mark Brown was so loud the last couple of days that Scott Piercy, the PGA Tour pro with whom he was playing, asked if he was from the area right around the area of Oak Hill Country Club here. Brown said that no, he is from Long Island, and those were his members who had driven up.
"They were the people cheering for my bogeys and double bogeys," Brown said.
The head pro at Tam O'Shanter Club in Brookville experienced an increase in his struggle once the rain came down harder Friday morning, and the bad weather lasted for most of the round in which he shot 82.
"It got to the point where it was kind of unmanageable really. The ground was soft, the balls were getting mud on them. But no excuse. I didn't have my `C' game here this week. When you come to a major, you've got to have your 'A' game," he said after missing the cut at the PGA Championship at 19 over par.
Still, Brown always keeps trying to qualify for this event, and has done so five times. "It seems like a good thought at the time," he said. "It's just so hard to compete at this level. You're running tournaments at home, then all of a sudden you come here and you think you're going to play well. These guys are pretty much spot on."
He was gratified that Piercy, who had a strong start Thursday and was within a shot of the lead Friday at 5 under before finishing the day at 2 under, and his fellow tour pro Brooks Koepka were so gracious and friendly to a Long Island club pro.
"I've been there," Piercy said. "He struggled. It's not the stage he plays on every day and not entirely comfortable being here. But I was there at one point, and people were nice to me. I've been there, not playing well. You kind of wish you could climb in a hole.
"He had a lot of support out there."