US Open updates: Dahmen (-5) joins Morikawa for 36-hole lead
The latest news on the US Open (all local times):
Joel Dahmen is in the clubhouse at 5 under, pretty good with a tie in the lead with Collin Morikawa. It’s the first time in Dahmen’s career that he comes into the weekend with part of a 36-hole lead.
Dahmen shot a 68 Friday at the Country Club, birdie 60 feet on the 15th hole to go 5-under and take a share of the lead.
Five players were tied for third place, including defending champion Jon Rahm and 2011 winner Rory McIlroy.
With a few groups still on the course at the US Open, the cut is set at 3 over par. That means players like Sergio Garcia, Corey Conners and Shane Lowry won’t be playing this weekend.
Patrick Cantlay, KH Lee and Tyrell Hatton just arrived at plus-3.
Rory McIlroy shot a 69 on Friday to tie for second place over 36 holes at the US Open.
McIlroy bogeyed on the 10th hole, then collected three birdies on his way to finish at 4 under. He is aiming for his second victory at the US Open and his first major title since the 2014 PGA Championship.
McIlroy was one shot behind Collin Morikawa; qualifier Joel Dahmen was also 5 under with three holes to play. Jon Rahm was 4 under.
Cameron Young had an interesting back nine at the US Open.
Young went bogey-par after circling on the first hole. He made a quadruple bogey 8 on the 496, par 4 fourth, followed by a single old bogey on the fifth to drop to 8 for the tournament.
It was then that things changed.
He birdied in the fifth, then went hole-in-one in the sixth, holeshotting a 7-iron with two jumps and a roll for the final foot. He also birdied at numbers 7 and 8, racking up five strokes in four holes to go from wide of contention to near the projected cut.
Colin Morikawa shot a 66 on Friday to move to 5 under par and take the second-round lead at the US Open.
Morikawa missed a four-footer for the eagle on the No. 8, then made the birdie putt to take the lead.
Defending champion Jon Rahm also birdied on the eighth hole. That put him at 4 under and in a three-under tie for second place. Rahm had a long birdie putt on the No. 9 that could have tied him for the tournament lead, but slipped it about 8 inches beyond the hole. He finished with a 67.
Qualifier Hayden Buckley shot a second straight 68 and is also 4 under on 36 holes. Joel Dahmen is at 4 under with five holes to play.
Travis Vick ended his day at the US Open with a 69 and a three-stroke lead in the race to be the Country Club’s weak amateur.
Vick is 1 under par for the tournament and in the top 20 with about a third of the field still on the course. He is three strokes ahead of the second closest amateur, Austin Greaser, who was 2 over for the tournament.
Vick, 22, helped Texas win the NCAA golf championship earlier this month.
The cut line at the US Open bounced between plus-3 and plus-4 for much of Friday afternoon, leaving about 20 golfers in limbo.
Among those at 4 on who hope the line stays are Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk and Patrick Cantlay.
A dozen other players have passed Stage 5 but are still on the course with a chance to fight their way into the weekend.
Qualifier Hayden Buckley is in the clubhouse with his second straight 68 and a tie for the lead at the US Open.
Defending British Open champion Collin Morikawa is also 4 under at the Country Club with two holes to play in the second round. Joining them is Joel Dahmen, another qualifier.
Buckley was an extra at Missouri who ended up making a third-team All-American as a senior. This is his second major appearance; he missed the cut last year.
Defending champion Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy were still on the course. They are among eight golfers tied at 3 under.
Qualifier Joel Dahmen took the lead at the US Open.
Dahmen was 2 under on nine holes in the second round at the Country Club to move to 5 under and take a one-shot lead. Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa was the biggest name among those under 4.
David Lingmerth and Brian Harman were also a blow back.
Dahmen has missed the cut in the previous two US Open appearances. He wasn’t even sure he wanted to try again before deciding 10 days ago to take a chance and play in a 36-hole qualifier. He did it in one fell swoop.
Top-ranked Scottie Scheffler is in the clubhouse with a 67 and tied for fourth with five others.
Collin Morikawa has made a move at the US Open in his bid to win a major golf tournament for the third consecutive year.
The defending British Open champion, who also won the PGA Championship in 2020, started the second round at 1 under and notched four more birdies over 11 holes, moving into a tie for the lead at 5 under with David Lingmerth.
Lingmerth entered the day at 3-under and improved to 5-under over 12 holes at the Country Club. The 34-year-old Swede has won once on the PGA Tour and his best finish in a major tournament was 12th at the 2016 US Open.
Morikawa made the 4-under turn and birdied 31 feet on the No. 1 to take the lead.
Masters champion and top-ranked Scottie Scheffler shot 3-under 67 to join Rory McIlroy and four others in the lead at the US Open.
Players rated 130, 371, 445, and 592 are also tied for first place at 3 under. They are Joel Dahmen, Nick Hardy, Callum Tarren and David Lingmerth.
Hardy shot 2 under 68 to take his place at the top of the leaderboard.
The other three players and McIlroy, who is seeded third, had afternoon tee times at the Country Club, where there was a 70% chance of thunderstorms.
Scheffler’s 67 in the morning was highlighted by a hole of about 60 yards on the par-5 14th for the eagle.
Scheffler’s buddy Sam Burns also shot 67 to tie the game within a header.
Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka made eagles within 60 seconds of each other on the par-5 14th hole to move up the US Open standings.
Scheffler, the defending Masters champion, hit a pitch shot about 60 yards out of the deep rough that went in for a 3. Then Koepka hit in a 14-foot putt.
Scheffler’s eagle put it at 2 under for the tournament, one shot behind five tied players for the lead, including MJ Daffue, who had been at 6 under before making three bogeys on his back nine.
Koepka’s 3 put him at 1 under with four holes to go in his round.
The other 3-unders, including Rory McIlroy, have afternoon tee times at the Country Club.
MJ Daffue had a perfect lie. It was on the fake grass covering the floor of a hospitality tent to the left of the 14th fairway.
He landed a superb shot there, covering about 250 yards to find himself vertical in the rough on the par 5 of 616 yards. But he missed the chip shot and still made a bogey 6.
After this great adventure, the South African fell to 4 under par, which was still good for a one shot lead at the US Open as he headed to his final five holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick was one shot behind Daffue, tied for second, as he started his second nine.
The rest of the group under 3 had afternoon tee times. This included Rory McIlroy, Callum Tarren, David Lingmerth and Joel Dahmen.
MJ Daffue has a two-stroke lead as he heads into the home stretch of his second round at the US Open. He is 5 under par with six holes to play.
Matt Fitzpatrick, who won the US Amateur at Country Club in 2013, shot 1-under 34 on his first nine holes to tie for second at 3-under.
Also at 3 under are Rory McIlroy, David Lingmerth, Joel Dahmen and Callum Tarren; all have afternoon departure times on a hot and windy day outside of Boston. There is a 30% chance of thunderstorms hitting the Brookline area this afternoon.
First-round leader Adam Hadwin made two bogeys over his first four holes to fall to 2 under – three strokes behind Daffue.
Phil Mickelson’s struggles continue. It is 3 over for the day and 11 over for the tournament. He is tied for 147th.
MJ Daffue opened up a three-stroke lead early in the second round of the US Open.
The South African threw a 70-foot putt from the front of the seventh green for his third birdie of the front nine. That puts him at 6 under par, three strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy and a group of three others playing Friday afternoon.
First-round leader Adam Hadwin made two bogeys over the first three holes to fall to 2 under, four shots off the lead.
Only 26 of the Country Club’s 156 players were under par midway through the morning rounds on Day 2.
Justin Thomas had one of 25 under par in the first round of the US Open. He didn’t stay in the red numbers for very long.
Thomas fired his approach on the No. 10 to start round two. This left him in a precarious spot over the green in deep grass. Worse still, he was over the hole. His first shot attempt on the flop moved the ball a foot. The next came onto the green and rolled 25 feet past the hole.
He made a double bogey, then missed a par 4-foot putt on the next hole.
Players expect the Country Club to get more difficult as the week progresses. That doesn’t seem to be the case for MJ Daffue (pronounced “Duffy”). He already has three birdies on five holes and was leading at 5 under at the start.
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