Woodland sets himself up for the weekend at US Open

Woodland shot a 6-under 65 on Friday - tying the Open scoring mark at the course - while pushing his overall total to 9-under.

"All this golf course needs is just a little tweak here and there, and it can play a lot more hard", Rory McIlroy said after a 3-under 68.

Probably good for Spieth to take responsibility, considering his exchange with Greller the day before. That's obviously the first goal.

"It was a bit of an unforced error on 14, I took a club that was not going to get to the back third of the green even after seeing other players do the same", McIlroy said.

"It is not lost on us this is an important week, not only for golf, this is an important week for the USGA", executive director Mike Davis said at a news conference Wednesday, the day before this year's national championship starts at Pebble Beach.

"A little hiccup on Nos". And unlike yesterday, when I missed it I missed the correct spots below the hole, today I never had that many looks from below the hole. He saved par from a gnarly lie in the rough to the side of the eighth green.

After his tee shot on No. 8 went long and rolled off a cliff, TV microphones caught Spieth grilling the caddie about club selection: "Two ideal shots, Michael". "I'm right there. I feel like if I get off tomorrow to a good start, I'm right back into it". "But I'm confident I can do it". Will they resist temptation and embrace this opportunity to, as Rory McIlroy said, redeem themselves by declining to cross the line separating fair and foul play? "This is honestly the dream ending I could have had in my senior year at Stanford".

Friday is cut day as we narrow the field down from 156 golfers to at least 60.

But it wasn't just his five-under 66 that left him in a four-way tie for second and just one behind first-round US Open leader Justin Rose.

"A lot of great storylines this weekend", McDowell said.

"Anything can happen on this golf course over the weekend", he said.

"I was trying to just kind of hang in there today". In 2017, he made the cut at both the Open and the PGA. Pebble Beach contenders, including Mickelson, have nearly unanimously praised the course setup.

Rose was alone in second after 36 holes, one stroke in front of South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen, who had seven birdies and six bogeys in a wild one-under 70.

"I found something in my setup". I've got a chance.

Pebble Beach - Justin Rose roared home with three straight birdies to match Tiger Woods' record for the lowest US Open round ever shot at Pebble Beach, a six-under par 65 that gave him a one-shot lead after the first round on Thursday.

Woods showed with his win at Augusta National that he can still play golf at a very high level.

"I have no expectations for the weekend really". "You do the best you can".

Perhaps most importantly, however, it would see him move another step closer to his Holy Grail, Nicklaus's record of 18 career major titles.

Matt Kuchar is atop the FedEx Cup leaderboard with 2,232 points.

After he opened with 2-under 69, he said, "This game doesn't feel good at the moment".

He had a great finish to his opening round as well with a birdie on No. 9 on Thursday.

  • Julie Sanders