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- Leader: -9 Woodland
- Selected: -7 Rose; -6 Oosthuizen; -5 Wise, McIlroy
- -4 Koepka Kuchar, Wallace
- -3 Stenson, McDowell, Rahm, Scott, Garcia, Schauffele
- -2 Molinari, Fitzpatrick, D Johnson; -1 Spieth, Mickelson; Level Woods, Casey, Donald, Willett
- right here in our second-round report.
Until next time…
-5Wise (F), McIlroy (F)
-4Koepka (F*), Reavie (F), Hadley (F*), Kuchar (F), Wallace (F*)
Louis Oosthuizen finishes with a par at the 18th – his only one on the back nine after four birdies and as many bogeys. It keeps the South African at six under par, in third place and three shots of Gary Woodland’s lead.
Gary Woodland, who leads the US Open by two strokes:“It sounds great. I played really well, drove the ball phenomenal. I struck the ball beautiful today ad when I made putts, it’s nice to see them go in, especially there on the last.
“I can hit a lot of irons, rely on my ball striking. It was tough yesterday. Today I came out and gave myself a lot of opportunities.
“It was nice to not give one back. Pebble Beach is the best, I played here in 2010 so it’s nice to be back, there’s no place more beautiful in the States.”
Sensational effort so far from Wales’ Rhys Enoch, who still has one hole to play, so here’s hoping I don’t jinx him.
The 30-year-old, who booked his first shot at the US Open through a qualifier at Walton Heath in Surrey, shot a seven-over-par 78 on day one.
He’s on course to beat that by 12 shots today. He’s had five birdies and an eagle, and a par up the last will see him equal the lowest round of the day – a five-under 66 – and put him in the clubhouse at two over, a shot inside the cut mark.
Gary Woodland takes a two-shot lead into the weekend!
Magnificent birdie putt to finish for the American from way, way out… almost 50 feet from the pin at his round-ending ninth hole. Sublime.
He’s absolutely destroyed Pebble Beach today. A bogey-free round of 65.
He’s out in front at nine under par after two rounds.
Sergio Garcia with an eagle chance at 18… rolls is to the right and taps in for par, after a superb approach from the middle of the fairway. He finishes at three under par.
Tommy Fleetwood rolls in from long range to make bogey and squeeze inside the cut line at two over.
What more can be written about this back nine that Louis Oosthuizen is putting together?
The South African hits a towering iron at the par-three 17th that slams into the green about five feet from the hole before bouncing out to 25 feet.
No problem for the South African, who nonchalantly rolls in the birdie chance. Four birdies, four bogeys in his last eight holes.
Which will win out down the 18th? Don’t go spoiling it with a par now Louis…
Gary Woodland, the leader, finds the fairway but also a divot. He digs his approach out splendidly, splattering turf into the California sky, as he hauls it on to the ninth green.
Graeme McDowell wheels his birdie putt at 18 narrowly wide of the cup, and then taps in for a round of 70 that leaves him at three under par for the tournament.
Phil Mickelson also makes par. That sees him at one under heading into the weekend. While Dustin Johnson whizzes an umpteenth birdie chance beyond the pin to stay at two under.
Three birdies, three bogeys on the back nine for Louis Oosthuizen.
A wayward drive off the 16th tee and a hacked out wedge leaves him with work to do. From 85 yards he pings his third 11 feet to the left of the pin.
Are we going to witness a rare par? The ball’s rolling, right into the heart of the cup, but no! It stops about an inch short.
Back to five under he goes.
On the eighth, our leader Gary Woodland has come up short with his second to the green.
And, as so many before him have done, he’s short and right and in the rubbish.
He chips onto the green but has no control over the spin and his ball rolls a good 15 feet past the hole.
He’s aiming the par putt about four feet left of the hole. He gives it a bunt and it looks in all the way. Perfect speed.
Phil Mickelson is scattering supporters at the 18th, he takes a drop (and then another, and then another to get it to settle)… as he looks to play out from the fan-trodden rough.
Lefty bangs it out over a tree and on to the green, to the delight of the crowd huddled around him.
Matt Wallace launches his ball into the crowd… then ducks as it appears to come back towards him. That was to celebrate successive birdies, and three in his past four holes after back-to-back bogeys. He moves to four under.
Here’s Rory McIlroy after his round of 69:“I probably could have been a little better, the middle of the back nine ruined things a bit, but to bounce back with two birdies was huge.
“I played a pretty much perfect round of golf until the 13th – was just picking off birdies when I could. Wasn’t quite as solid down the stretch. Didn’t make the birdie on the last, but to shoot two rounds in the 60s and get myself in position going into the weekend I am very pleased with.
“It’s going to take something like that in terms of how I swung the club and putted over the weekend (in Canada). I have got to put one foot in front of the other, step on to that first tee and hit a good shot.”
How’s your putter on this hole Louis? Oosthuizen from 10 feet for a sixth birdie of the round. Straight in the middle. The South African back to six under par for the tournament.
His back nine reads bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey, birdie, birdie. In fact, in his last 11 holes, King Louis has had just one par. Keeping it interesting.
Some 29 feet for a birdie at the par-three 17th for Graeme McDowell – wiggles its way just beyond the cup. Phil Mickelson has a lengthy par-saver after misplacing his tee shot. The grunt and shrug say it all for the six-time runner, he’ll drop back to one under.
But… Dustin Johnson finally takes a birdie chance! Still in the mix.