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U.S. Open (Day 2)

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U.S. Open (Day 2)

 

Second Day ends as second round has still yet to finish.

On Thursday we saw a day where only 9 players were able to finish their round due to a rain filled day.  On Day 2 play would resume with Andrew Landry sinking a final hole birdie to post the early lead with a 4 under par.  With the U.S. Open officials trying to play catch up the World No. 1 Jason Day would begin his day at 8 a.m. EST.  This would be the second half of the first rounder’s starting.

As the day went on the USGA would announce that the first groups of the second round would tee off at 2:30 p.m. E.T. This would mean that the last 78 golfers would be waiting until Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. EST to start the second round.  On Saturday those who make the cut will turn around and hit the course again in the afternoon for their third round.  The third round is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. EST on Saturday with players starting in threesome on the 1st and 10th tees. Almost half of the golfers finished their second round before play was suspended for darkness on Friday.  Those who were unable to finish will have to show up Saturday morning and wait for the first groups to tee off before finishing their second round.

Ok are you confused yet?

Now to what actually happened on the golf course today.  Friday afternoon looked more like the conditions you would hope for with no rain in the forecast.  Oakmont can really take a toll on a golfer and on Friday that pressure was increased by some players having to play 36 holes of golf.  Some players seem to take the added pressure in stride.

Leaders

Dustin Johnson would find himself sitting atop the leaderboard after finishing his second round just before the horn sounded.  He is at 4 under par after shooting 67-69 in his back to back rounds on Friday.  Johnson showed how important accuracy is at Oakmont by hitting 25 consecutive greens in regulation.  He was also bogey free after the first 27 holes he had played.  Since Johnson was able to complete his second round he is able to sit back and wait until Saturday afternoon before starting his 3rd round.

Sergio Garcia, who was in Johnson’s group would post a good score for Friday also.  Garcia was able to shoot 68-70 in his back to back rounds on Friday and finish at 2 under par.  Garcia was also just able to squeak in his last putt of the day before the horn sounded.  He would sink a 50 foot putt for par on No. 9 to stay at 2 under.

Lee Westwood will begin his 2nd round on Saturday morning at 8:28 a.m. EST.  He is in third place now at 2 under par. Westwood said after round one:

“I like a challenge and this golf course can really challenge you mentally”

We will see on Saturday if he is up to the challenge of Oakmont.

Scott Piercy tied for 4th place with Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry all now sitting at 2 under par.  Shane Lowry still has to play his second round as he tees off at 8:50 a.m. EST on Saturday.

Tied for 7th

Sitting at 1 under par is and in contention are a number of golfers.  Daniel Summerhays, Andy Sullivan and Jim Furyk have completed round two.  While Amateur Scottie Scheffler, Kevin Streelman, Bubba Watson, and Danny Lee wait to tee off their 2nd round early on Saturday.

Notables outside the Top 10

Adam Scott– 1 over par

Jordan Speith– 2 over par

Jason Day– 5 over par

Rickie Fowler– 6 over par

Rory Mcllroy– 7 over par

Phil Mickellson – 7 over par

 

What we know for Day 3

As we head into Saturday and day 3 of the 116th U.S. Open, we can expect to see the course getting harder.  We will see the pressure build as golfers struggle to make the cut and continue on in the Open.  We will see some unexpected names at the top and some unexpected names at the bottom.  What we do not know is who will step up and play the kind of golf that needs to be played so they can be named the 116th U.S. Open champion.

 

 

 

 

 

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