US Open sees top seeds cut, four-way tie for lead
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 9:35
On one, a par 5, he was 85 feet short of the hole on his second shot and got the easy up and down.
Johnson also missed the cut at the Memorial, so this was the first time since 2013 (Pebble Beach, Riviera) that he has missed the cut in consecutive events.
The 25-year-old Matsuyama, ranked No. 4 in the world, birdied six of his first eight holes in the second round.
However the 39-year-old world number 14 unfurled a sequence of five straight birdies to haul himself back up the leaderboard, carding a one-under-par 71 to finish the day at seven under. "It's pretty simple, (we) just didn't get it in the hole fast enough". It's hard to make a lot of birdies for me around here. They were joined by Harman and Fleetwood, who each had a 70.
Overnight leader Rickie Fowler looked set to retain his place at the top of the leaderboard but broke his 28-hole streak without dropping a shot with three bogeys in as many holes to derail his campaign. Besides his much improved putting, Hadwin credits his marriage and a change in attitude for his strong play this year.
Seven under led after round one and seven under leads after round two, with the weather expected at the weekend, seven under would probably win the tournament.
None of the four players tied for the lead has ever won a major tournament. "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up".
The trio's struggles were all the more surprising given that low scores were there to be had for all.
Hideki Matsuyama had quite a day at Erin Hills. The USGA is providing complimentary bottled water the rest of the week. And then he made a 27 footer on 17 before eagling the history-making 18th hole.
And the prime beneficiary was American Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with a record-breaking nine-under-par 63.
He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. He missed the cut at last year's PGA and withdrew from this year's Masters after falling down a staircase.
"Out here I'm just thinking a lot about my stroke, stance, stuff you would rather not be thinking about, you'd rather think about line of pace". "I was all for it", he said, pointing out that it did bring back some Ryder Cup mojo. It's just been trying to figure it out on and around the greens.
Day, however, came to the U.S. Open off of a second and a tie for 15th in his last two starts. And at this U.S. Open, he showed how a quick recovery is never too far away. "Doing it all night is not going to help and not make any difference, let's just concentrate on each day as it comes", he said.
"It was a good day for me", Stricker said. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it". Moments later, he began a run of five straight birdies that put him right where he wanted to be going into the weekend. "It was a bit of a roller coaster".