From warring factions to ceasefire wars. a US Open The US Open broke out on Friday, supplying at least a brief distraction from all matters with a breakaway tour with that welcome sense of familiarity. Every golfer in a surprisingly crowded field, even those who have made a cut from the skin of their chinos, will have reasonable aspirations of winning the final Men’s Major of the year.
As Brookline broke teeth, the best in the world clinging to dear life. It required three attempts to find the green from the rough feces adjacent to the surface that put Rory McIlroy in third place. The Northern Irishman’s converted double bogie putt from 22 feet could prove to be extremely important as it is a major hindrance towards a conclusion. Reducing errors matters more than playing golf in this area.
“I’ve been patient,” McIlroy said. “I knew I was going to give myself chances if I hit the ball the same way I’m hitting it. Today was a really good example of just having a good attitude.”
After battling 69 on the four-under par, McIlroy sits one after another from Colin Morikawa and Joel Dahman. Given how easily things could have gone three holes for McIlroy, he would be perfectly satisfied with the position – while knowing full well how dangerous Morikawa in particular is. McIlroy covered holes 12 to 17 at Three Under Par. Putting, which is often criticized, has been a major strength for McIlroy this week.
The 66 by Morikawa was a second round performance. Morikawa, whose calm attitude is so beneficial in this environment, is looking for a third major win in 11 starts. On 8th, 17th an eagle putt widened the hole by five feet, astonishing the defending Open champion, but a birdie was enough for him to overtake the field. Morikawa missed her second shot in the final hole but later dropped a chip within tap-in range. This is Morikawa’s lowest two-round score at the US Open. Dahmen would be the sole leader, but was squeezed into the back of the hole as a 9-foot birdie putt in the last.
Defending US Open champion Jon Rahm, who plays in Morikawa’s company, is lurking with zero-to-four intentions. The Spaniard added 67 runs in the opening day’s 69. Rahm’s touch was widely overlooked in this tournament.
World number 259 Hayden Buckley stands out on this leaderboard. Buckley had previously participated in only one major at the 2021 US Open, where he missed the cut. Back-to-back rounds of 68 for four under show so far haven’t been overwhelmed by the spirit of the opportunity. Aaron Wise and Beau Hosler – who made birdies from the greenside bunker on the 9th, their last – complete the minus four quintet.
Scottie Scheffler was hanging out peacefully before heading out on the rough for the eagles on the 14th. Schaeffler took another shot at 16th, which means he’s a lot of the equation at minus three. Schaeffler, who won the Masters, continues to go about his business while making the least fuss while being the top-ranked golfer in the world.
“I think I’m an under-the-radar person,” Scheffler said. “I really don’t feel like much is happening to me. Last week Rory won, Tiger was in the PGA.
“I’ve been No. 1 in the world for a while and it doesn’t really feel like it, so I’m just like under the radar. I can show up and do my job and then go home and relax. “
Matthew Nesmith, Brian Herman, Patrick Rodgers and Nick Hardy equaled Scheffler’s 54-hole score. Matt Fitzpatrick’s 70 means he’s one shy of Schaffler & Co. The Yorkshireman condoled the poor performance. Sam Burns, who is chasing a third victory of 2022, is on minus two with Fitzpatrick.
Brooks Koepka improved by six shots on Thursday’s 73. Even on equal footing, he has strong hopes of what will be a third US Open win. “I didn’t come here expecting second place,” said the usually swift Koepka. “I think if you’re a good player, you want to come here and win. That’s why everybody is groping it. It’s not anybody’s goal to just make the cut or do something like that.
“I’m very confident, but I think everyone should be confident in themselves. People hate confidence. That’s why people aren’t a big fan of me.” Koepka’s cage seems to be crumbling forever.
Tommy Fleetwood and Victor Hovland were among those who missed the cut. The latter played his final 11 holes equaling nine overs when 77 were on their way. Phil Mickelson too, and got out surprisingly early, at plus 11.
It looks like things will never be the same again for the six-time major winner, ever such a massive manipulator of public sentiment. He looked like a completely joyless 36-hole.