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U.S. Open – Round 2 Recap

World number 115, Richard Bland, shares the overnight lead at the US Open thanks to a second round 67 at Torrey Pines.

US Open first-round leaderboard
-5 R Bland (Eng), Henley (Can); -4 L Oosthuizen (SA), M Wolff (US); -3 B Watson (US), J Rahm (Spa); -2 K Streelman (USA), X Schauffele (USA), M Hughes (Can); -1 S Scheffler (US), G Migliozzi (Ita), P Rodgers (US

Selected others: -1 A Scott (Aus), R McIlroy (NI); Level D Johnson (US); S Garcia (Spa); +2 J Thomas (US); B Dechambeau (US);  +4 C Morikawa (US), P Mickelson (US)

The Englishman is playing the US Open for only the second time in his career, 12 years after his first appearance. 

He shares the lead at the top with Russell Henley, Louis Oosthuizen and Matthew Wolff are both a shot off the lead. Interestingly, when Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship, he was ranked 115th in the world at the time…

Defending champion Bryson Dechambeau (69), Brooks Koepka (73), Rory McIlroy (73) and Collin Morikawa (67) are all level par for the event, with a great chance at pushing for victory over the weekend. 

One of the worst rounds of the day was by Hideki Matsuyama. The Japanese star had an awful start to round two by dropping six shots in the first four holes, but was able to make the cut in the end. 

Phil Mickelson (+2) and Jordan Spieth (+4) have both made the cut too after going round in two under. The latter managed to squeak through thanks to a birdie on the 18th hole. 

Better luck next year

Plenty of key players are on their way home thanks to a disastrous second round. Hayden Buckley (+9) and Tyrell Hatton (+7) were both under par after round one, but rounds of 82 for Buckley and 78 for Hatton has put the two players out of the competition. 

Other significant players to not make the cut include Matt Kuchar (+6), Will Zalatoris (+7), Abraham Ancer (+8), Tony Finau (+8), and Justin Rose (+13), 

What to expect over the weekend

Richard Bland will not win. Unfortunately for fans of the Englishman, he is not a proven winner. In fact, he is the oldest first-time winner on the European Tour, so to expect him to hold on is very unlikely. 

However, if Bland or any other competitor is to take victory this year, they will need to play a solid back nine. 

Four of the toughest five holes are on the back nine. Three of those said holes are the 10th, 11th and 12th. One eagle and 56 birdies have been made on the three holes so far, compared to the 441 bogeys or worse.  

Also, one of the most important stats to remember is that 24 of the last 25 US Open winners were in the top six after round two. 

Such a statistic immediately brings to mind Matthew Wolff who finished runner-up last year, and pre-tournament favourite Jon Rahm. 

What a weekend awaits at Torrey Pines. 

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