Second Round Update — United States Golf Association — 115th U.S. Open — Chambers Bay — University Place, Washington —
Top 10 players Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson shared the overnight lead after 18 holes at the 115th U.S. Open.
Chambers Bay took its toll on several high-profile players including Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler, while others seemed to tame the course about an hour outside of Seattle.
Johnson, 7th in the Official World Golf Ranking, and Stenson (6th in the rankings) both shot 5-under-65s in the morning wave and continue to lead at the moment. Masters champion Jordan Spieth is already 1-under early in his second round to reach 3-under overall and just two back.
Patrick reed shot 66 in his opening 18 holes and sit alone in third after round one, while Matt Kuchar, Ben Martin and amateur Brian Campbell all opened with 3-under round.
Jason Day and Jason Dufner were apart of a group at T-7 along with Spieth.
Johnson, who opened the week as a 16-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com, won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship earlier this season and lost in a playoff at Riviera Country Club. The 30-year-old is looking for his maiden major title. He reached 6-under Thursday before a bogey on his final hole.
Stenson (25-1 betting pick) is a former FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai champion and a TOUR Championship winner. He managed seven birdies against a pair of bogeys Thusrday. That included a bogey-6 at the par-5 8th hole. The 39-year-old came into the week 11th on the PGA Tour in Total Driving.
Phil Mickelson’s quest for the career Grand Slam led him to the lead early Thursday. He reached 4-under at one point before falling back to shoot 1-under-69 and settling for a T-14 alongside Colin Montgomerie, Brandt Snedeker and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Look for the morning wave to have the best of the scoring Friday, but conditions should allow for lower scores across the board on Friday.
Other U.S. Open News:
- Woods, who struggled to shoot 80 Thursday, is back on the course in the early wave Friday. Woods recorded 36 putts in round one and flat-out topped a 3-wood from the middle of the fairway late in his round. He has slipped outside the Top 150 in the world rankings and last won a major here at the U.S. Open in 2008. The Thursday round of 80 was Woods’ worst round in his U.S. Open history.
- World No. 1 Rory McIlroy shot 2-over-72 in his opening round and sat T-52 after 18 holes alongside defending champion Martin Kaymer.
- Day, who has been fighting injuries and fatigue issues this season, has a run of Top 5s in three of his last four U.S. Open appearances.
- Kuchar has just one Top 10 in 12 U.S. Open tries in his career.