US Open leaderboard crowded after day two

  • US Open leaderboard crowded after day two

US Open leaderboard crowded after day two

Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship a month ago, had a 70 and was at 5-under 139 along with a pair of US Open newcomers. All at seven under par at Erin Hills.

He recovered to drain a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-three 13th, but thereafter was unable to build any momentum over the remainder of the opening nine holes.

This is the longest course on tour this year, but if the 50-year-old can manage to keep it in the fairways, he's got an opportunity to pick up some strokes on the golfers now ahead of him.

"We're breaking down all kinds of barriers", Harman quipped. I got off to a good start, but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on.

"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here".

Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, playing together, were at 6 under.

The Englishman rallied with a string of five birdies in a row on the way to a one-under 71 that put the smile back on his face and his name on top of the leaderboard at Erin Hills. "But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I won't worry".

He finished 27th two years ago and earned a big $64,000 pay day.

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", he said. The fairways are quite forgiving, but as soon as you get a little bit off line and get out of position, that's when the course is going to bite you.

On a crowded leaderboard, American amateur Cameron Champ - who turned 22 on Thursday - and Xander Schauffele were unlikely contenders on five under par alongside Matsuyama, Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim and Brandt Snedeker.

And the prime beneficiary was American Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with a record-breaking nine-under-par 63. Johnson birdied his opening two holes of the second round in his bid to first make sure he had a tee time Saturday, and then try to make up ground on the lead. But he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie chances in that stretch, and one of the birdies he made was a two-putt from 20 feet on the par-5 seventh.

He then bogied the 15 hole, hitting it short of the green in two and failing to get the up and down. For the second straight year, Rory McIlroy is packing his bags early, as is defending champion Dustin Johnson and world No. 3 Jason Day.

None of the leading 16 players have won a major before, making it likely that a run of six consecutive victories by first-timers will extend to seven this weekend.

Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie both shot the rounds of the day, posting seven-under 65s to move to five and four under respectively. It was one of his four top-10 finishes between the European and PGA Tours this season.

Other notable players failing to make the cut included British Open champion Henrik Stenson (147), former Masters winners Charl Schwartzel (147) of South Africa and Australian Adam Scott (147) and double Masters victor Bubba Watson (148).