Paula Dougherty of Murrieta, Calif., hugs her son Kevin after he finished the second round of the USA open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Dougherty finished the day shooting. It only means he's the man to beat over the next 36 holes. Olin Browne and Jason Gore were part of a 36-hole tie at Pinehurst No. 2.
McIlroy will not be involved over the weekend at Erin Hills after adding a second-round 71 to his opening 78 to sit 5 over par - well outside the projected cut line.
He'll need so much help, and he figures it might need to start with the USGA.
Paul Casey, of England, reacts after his birdie on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.
"I've felt like my game has been good enough to compete in the majors this year", he said. They would combine for 23 majors by the end of their careers, but in 1974 they collectively had only 15.
Chambers Bay is in that final group, along with Erin Hills in Wisconsin, Torrey Pines near San Diego and Los Angeles Country Club, which will make its U.S. Open debut in 2023.
Provided the rain stays away, Brandt Snedeker believes the course will get dry and fast enough to create a little more separation. Also, Fowler has never won one.
The 26-year-old Reed had eight birdies and one bogey. He has four top 10s between the European and PGA Tours this season and is up to No. 33 in the world ranking. He doesn't have all the pressure on him, doesn't have the spotlight on him, but he's right in the thick of things.
"I couldn't have shot any higher", Johnson said.
He must have a short memory.
Two years ago, numerous pros were complaining about the sub-standard greens at Chambers Bay.
Tommy Fleetwood had no problem picking out his best shot of the day.
No one is talking about him, but Sergio Garcia is still in this U.S. Open, and the ridiculous dream of a calendar Grand Slam is still alive. In my opinion, it's the best of the four majors.
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The lead, however, belonged to Savannah's Brian Harman, a former Georgia golfer.
Kim won The Players Championship in May for his second PGA Tour title.
Two years ago, he carded a 29 on the back nine of the final round at Chambers Bay, equaling the lowest nine-hole score in U.S. Open history. That locked up a spot on his first Ryder Cup team.
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He's also big on the word "chill", to describe his lifestyle.
No break for Steve Stricker after the U.S. Open. "Obviously, today I definitely had something to show for it". "It's not Sunday afternoon. If you do that you're going to deserve a bogey out there". "Just have to try to go out tomorrow and rectify those". All five golfers have an excellent chance to win it all at Erin Hills on Sunday.
The 40-year-old Hoffman is playing in his sixth U.S. Open. The timing would be peculiar considering that Phil Mickelson couldn't make it this year.
But the Englishman now has a share of the lead at the U.S. Open. Fleetwood climbed the hill, opened up his wedge and flopped it to 6 feet; a potential blowup turned into a birdie that put him at 12 under.
Well, you could devalue it by saying it was shot on probably the widest golf course to yield the low score, and among the softest.
"Yeah, a little disappointing the way I finished there on 18". That's more than Johnson can say this week.
Casey was the only leader who went in the morning. But he wore a red shirt with a swoosh.
"I'm happy for him".
McIlroy has birdied three of his last four holes.