Steelers' Big Ben shoots 81 on U.S. Open golf course


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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Ben Roethlisberger did what he said he would do -- break 100 at the Bethpage Black -- and then some.

Playing in the U.S. Open Challenge today in a foursome with basketball great Michael Jordan, singer Justin Timberlake and contest-winner Larry Geibelhausen, Roethlisberger easily broke the magic number when he shot 81 at Bethpage Black, site of the 109th U.S. Open that begins next week.

With Greensburg native and last year's U.S. Open runnerup Rocco Mediate as his caddy, Roethlisberger, a 3-handicap, shot 42 on the front that included a triple-bogey 8 at the par-5 fourth hole. He followed with a 39 on the back to finish at 11-over on the 7,426-yard, par-70 layout -- the best score among the four players.

Timberlake, a 6-handicap, shot 88 -- 10 shots better than the 98 he posted at Torrey Pines before last year's U.S. Open; Jordan, who has a handicap index of 1.2, shot 86; and Geibelhausen, a Phoenix police lieutenant, shot 102 after a 54 on the front nine.


More in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.


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