Spieth Comes Up Short
Jordan Spieth is used to creating strain putts. He shouldn’t be used to creating strain putts to make the minimize.
But that’s the place he discovered himself in on the 18th.
He had been on an ideal run simply to get up to now. After falling to +11, Spieth birdied 4 in a row earlier than bogeying the 17th to sit down at eight-over par — proper at the projected minimize line.
After a pleasant drive on the 18th, his strategy went only a tad too lengthy and nestled in some thick grass simply on the edge of a bottom bunker. He couldn’t get a clear shot and his bumbled chip left him with a difficult downhill putt to save lots of par, and save his match.
He missed the putt simply to the proper, tossed his membership in his hand and stood to aspect of the inexperienced, stewing. So from that “super group,” solely Mickelson (+6) has made the minimize.
Poulter Closes In on Lead however Falters
After three birdies in 4 holes, Ian Poulter had come inside one shot of Dustin Johnson for a share of the lead at four-under par.
And then he arrived at the No. eight, his 17th gap for the day.
Things went downhill after his second shot landed in a greenside bunker. His sand shot was a whole mishit, really flying the inexperienced in the air and touchdown in some fescue. He then chunked his fourth shot out of that thick tough.
Fearing one other wedge shot that blows throughout the inexperienced, he got here up brief together with his fifth. His sixth (a putt) missed the gap left. Finally he completed with a triple-bogey seven to drop again to even par.
Welcome to the match, Jordan Spieth.
The 2015 U.S. Open champion is grinding on the again 9 to get under the minimize line. Back-to-back-to-back birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th have him put him proper in place to narrowly make the minimize, projected now at +eight.
Amazingly, if you happen to take away holes No. 10 and 11, he can be solely one-over par. He is +7 on these two holes alone.
Rose and Poulter Get Under Par
For some time, Dustin Johnson (-Four) was the solely participant in the crimson for the match.
But two Englishmen simply joined him underneath par, as Ian Poulter (-1) and Justin Rose (-1) collected birdies on the fourth and fifth holes, respectively.
Rose is two-under on the day with 4 holes to play. The 2013 U.S. Open winner was a preferred choose coming into the week after profitable the Fort Worth Invitational late final month and ending sixth at the Memorial.
Poulter started the day at -1 and is taking part in even par for the day with one bogey (No. 10) and one birdie.
Some Stars’ Schedules Just Opened Up …
The projected minimize is at present at +eight. If it holds (and present scores maintain as effectively), we might have a weekend at the U.S. Open with out Tiger Woods (+10), Jordan Spieth (+11) or Rory McIlroy (+13).
Phil Mickelson (+7) is hanging on by a thread. Scores would possibly proceed to go decrease, though no person is admittedly difficult Dustin Johnson (-Four) at the second.
After his spherical, Woods appeared to sense that his 72 on Friday was not going to be adequate to maintain him round for the weekend.
“I wanted to shoot something around 68, 67,” Woods mentioned. “I assumed that may have been an ideal rating. I checked out it as sort of progressively placing myself again into place. I couldn’t chase down the leaders instantly. It’s going to take me in all probability 2 1/2 to three rounds to do it.
“Unfortunately, I went the different method.”
Rocky Road for Rory
The struggles have continued for Rory McIlroy.
After a double bogey on the ninth, McIlroy is now at 14-over par heading to the again 9 the place he shot 42 yesterday. Another 80 is unquestionably a risk, which sounds unthinkable for an achieved golfer like Rory.
Today he’s 6 for six in fairways hit off the tee. But he’s averaging 2.22 putts per gap. That is worse than anybody else in the area.
Rickie Fowler Moves Up the Leaderboard
Big momentum booster for Rickie Fowler, who birdied the seventh with a putt from simply off the fringe and is now in a tie for ninth at two-strokes over par and one-under for the day. After a bogey on the sixth, that was a pleasant response for Fowler, who performed effectively yesterday aside from a double bogey on the 14th.
‘Super Group’ Struggling Early
The afternoon’s heralded trio is off to a rocky begin. Through three holes, every participant — McIlroy (+11), Spieth (+9) and Mickelson (+9) — has carded a minimum of one bogey. Mickelson has two.
It’s going to be an extended day.
McIlroy, Mickelson and Spieth Get to Try Again
The “super group” of main championship winners Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy didn’t dwell as much as expectations on Thursday, however its members ought to have a greater likelihood to redeem themselves Friday.
They profit from a day tee time; circumstances have cleared up significantly from the day earlier than and this morning. The rain has stopped and the wind has died down. While the greens may not have soaked up all that a lot moisture (it didn’t rain that tough), they might nonetheless be slower than yesterday.
That’s excellent news for this trio that can be preventing to make the minimize for the weekend. McIlroy (+10) has work to do and might want to enhance on his poor driving accuracy from Thursday (7 of 14 fairways hit).
Spieth (+eight) and Mickelson (+7) are proper round the minimize line, however that’s not the place they need to be. Tommy Fleetwood shot 66 and Dustin Johnson posted a 67, so there are low scores on the market at present. We’ll see if anybody from the “super group” can snatch one.
No. 18: Back-to-Back Birdies But Not Enough
Who is that this birdie machine, and what have you ever accomplished with Tiger Woods?
I child, I child. But it’s an ideal finish to a fairly depressing match for Woods, who birdied eight and 9 with sizable putts on every to get again to 10-over par. We’ll must see if it’s sufficient for Tiger to make the minimize (he’s at present tied for 101st). If not for the calamitous first gap, Woods wouldn’t be sweating it. It was good to see his putter lastly begin to get up at the finish there.
All in all, it was a disappointing exhibiting for Tiger in his first look again in the U.S. Open since 2015. Marking the 10-year anniversary of his final main title, Woods compounded errors on the first gap (twice), missed the fairways a bit too typically and easily couldn’t ship putts when he wanted them. But he hung robust and even flashed some smiles towards the finish of at present’s spherical.
No. 17: Too Little, Too Late?
Desperate for a birdie (and a miracle) to make the minimize, Woods had a pleasant little wedge shot from 120 yards out to present himself a superb search for a 3. And, hey, would you take a look at that! He lastly made a putt from 10+ toes. It appears to be like to be too little, too late, however a minimum of it’s a flash of what we used to see recurrently from Mr. Woods.
No. 16: In Need of a Birdie, Woods Misses Again
Quite a second at the par-Three seventh gap. But it wasn’t delivered by Tiger Woods.
It was Dustin Johnson, who sneaked in a 45-footer for birdie to now go to four-under par for the match, three-under for the day. He has a three-stroke lead. The putt drew a big cheer from the crowd and even a smile from Johnson, who appears to be like in full command of his recreation.
Woods discovered the middle of the inexperienced and had about 30 toes for the birdie, however it missed. He cleaned up the par.
No. 15: Not Cutting It
On the sixth, Woods discovered the thick tough once more. He had hit eight of 11 fairways in the second spherical, however this was a miss to the proper. He needed to hack it out to get into the fairway after which got here up brief together with his wedge. Misses the putt from 30 toes to drop one other stroke. +12 now — 15 strokes behind Dustin Johnson, and sure 4 or 5 strokes off the minimize line.
No. 14: Tiger Bungles Easy Hole
The rain has stopped, the solar has come out once more and the wind has died down significantly.
After a pleasant drive on the par-5 fifth, Woods went with a three-wood from 285 and managed to roll it up simply brief of the inexperienced. But his pitch shot from there wasn’t nice; left him with an eight-foot putt for birdie and he missed it left.
A par on the best gap on the course is nothing lower than a failure for Woods (+11) and his hopes of staying round for the weekend.
No. 13: Not Looking Good for the Weekend
Another makable birdie alternative for Woods from lower than 20 toes and he comes up brief with the putter. Again. Nothing has fallen for Tiger this match, and that’s why he’s taking a look at a brief keep in the Hamptons this week.
By comparability, Dustin Johnson is delivering on these appears to be like. He simply made a 15-foot birdie putt to drag forward by two strokes at three-under par.
No. 12: Solid Par for Woods on Slow Green
On the third gap, Tiger Woods makes his first par on his second 9. Despite lacking brief once more together with his iron from 200 yards out, he managed a two-putt to keep away from additional injury. The wind has died down, though a slight rain continues to fall, making the greens a lot slower than yesterday.
Not that gamers are actually capable of take benefit; solely six (together with Dustin Johnson) are underneath par for the day.
No. 11: Tiger Still Struggling on Day 2
The par-Three second gap is taking part in as the third-most troublesome gap on the course. And it was straightforward to see why on Friday: Both Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods failed to save lots of par.
Woods’s tee shot went brief and fell into the bunker. He did a good job with an extended sand shot however missed the 11-foot putt to make par. Woods has bogeyed the second gap twice now in two days, and he’s heading to No. Three, the hardest gap on the course at present.
No. 10: A Better Bogey
Rain, chilly, wind. Just such as you’d count on for a British Open.
Wait, that is the U.S. Open?! Oh, effectively, nevermind.
Tiger Woods (+eight) is beginning his again 9 on Hole No. 1. After a wonderfully positioned tee shot, Woods had maybe his worst iron shot of the match so far — and that’s saying one thing. He missed method proper from 164 yards.
He had been even for the spherical regardless of a bogey on the 18th. But now he’s going to be in an actual combat to make the minimize.
His errant second shot plugged deep right into a moist thicket of tough. He hacked out of it, however the ball rolled again down the bottom of the inexperienced. His fourth shot chip shot flew previous the gap. His 14-foot comebacker for bogey missed as effectively.
At least his double was an enchancment from Thursday. He’s now five-over par in two days … on the first gap alone.
U.S. Open Story Lines from Round 2
• Tiger Woods is off to a a lot better begin at present than yesterday, when he triple-bogeyed the first gap. Through 9 holes, Woods has two birdies.
• Dustin Johnson has sole possession of first place at -Three after 9 holes. He got here into the day with a share of first, tied at -1 with three different gamers.
• A surprisingly wet day has added a brand new problem to what has already confirmed to be a difficult course for the area of 156. Only 4 gamers completed the first spherical underneath par.