We have now seen a shift in momentum going into the final two rounds this weekend when a couple of Day 1 front-runners dropped further afield, while some players redeemed themselves in a bid to stay ahead & have a shot towards that US Open major championship. It’s the current British Open winner Collin Morikawa sharing top-spot with Joel Dahmen who is currently ranked No.130 at age 34.
Meanwhile, World No.259 Hayden Buckley has improved a couple of places to Tied 3rd at -4 following a great result today of two under par 68 – alongside reigning US Open winner Jon Rahm, Rory McIIroy, Aaron Wise & Beau Hossler. They all trail by only one stroke right now to the joint leaders (Morikawa & Dahmen) at 136.
It’s good to see World No.166 Matthew NeSmith keep his Tied 8th position at -3, even though he was a bit off the pace today at one under par 69. We also saw a couple of new unknowns flying into the shared Tied 8th spot from the Top 14-15 – with World No. 216 Patrick Rodgers & World No.317 Nathan Hardy both came off a brilliant spell in Round 2 today at two under par 69.
However, the Top 3 players from the opening round yesterday – including Day 1 leader & World No.50 Canadian Adam Hadwin; World No.445 Callum Tarren from England; World No.592 Swede David Lingmerth – struggled to build on their brilliant starts down in between 13th and 16th, although there’s still time to bounce back having all came off today at two over par 72.
So there you have it, we have a mix of elite competitors and outsiders battling up front on what it should be a fantastic final two rounds of this year’s US Open Golf this weekend at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Looking at our Aussies right now, it may be far from promising down in Tied 31st when it comes to Marc Leishman – who scored one over par 70 in Round 2 today – but it’s still possible for him to climb up through the leaderboard. Then we go further down with Adam Scott’s red-hot start just couldn’t keep up the momentum when he went from 14th to joint 40th alongside Todd Sinnott.
Although Min Woo Lee survived the cut in 55th – including a brilliant eagle he executed on the 8th hole at Par 5; We won’t see Cameron Smith, Lucas Herbert & Jed Morgan continue playing this weekend after their continuous sub-par scores over the past two days saw them all miss the cut.