Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Adam Hadwin set to make cut at US Open

Paula Dougherty of Murrieta Calif. hugs her son Kevin after he finished the second round of the U.S. open golf tournament Friday Adam Hadwin set to make cut at US Open
Ben Pena | 18 June, 2017, 12:14

But only for a couple minutes. It might sting a little more for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who played in the same group and said after their round that they were consoling each other along the way. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major.

What did Thomas do with history breathing down his neck?

"That means I'm a part of history", he said. They are the unknown heroes of the U.S. Open tournament. The US Open, therefore, would become the third rather than the second major of any given year.

The last thing the USGA wants is to trick up the golf course, because the U.S. Open has had too many bumps (conditions at Chambers Bay, the rules mess at Oakmont) to risk anything but a smooth week. "I think you've got a lot of great players on top of that leaderboard and you've got some guys that hit it forward, some guys that putt it great, some guys that do everything pretty good".

What a day for Justin Thomas.

"I think that can't be underestimated having your friend with you, whether you're in leading the U.S. Open or whatever else". The last player to accomplish the feat was Vijay Singh in 2003 at Olympia Fields. Five players were two shots off the lead.

Don't try this at home.

Rickie Fowler opened with a 7-under 65.

It didn't work all that well.

The cut has been made at +1 ahead of the final two days of action at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. There is also an element of social standing involved with several of the old-money clubs up East trading the U.S. Open among themselves on a regular basis. He missed a short birdie putt on 18.

Charley Hoffman is all by himself on top of the U.S. Open - for now.

The 25-year-old Matsuyama, ranked No. 4 in the world, birdied six of his first eight holes in the second round. His best finish was a tie for 37th a year ago at Oakmont. Wisconsinites are proud of the man representing their state. And he's giving the fans something to cheer.

His problem was getting the ball in the hole with his new TaylorMade Spider Red putter, but he insisted it was the Indian and not the arrow that was to blame as he took 30 putts. He just has to listen to the crowd.

Willett, who pulled out before the start of his second round, was heading towards the Erin Hills exit anyway after an opening round 81.

Brooks Koepka made three birdies over his last seven holes for a 68 and joined Thomas one shot out of the lead. No matter what that's something when you're always going to walk up the 18th green with your best mate.

Thomas shoots 63; breaks US Open record
Maybe I do, I don't know. "It's going to be weird", Thomas said of the evening. "I'm not surprised", Koepka said. Tied at 11-under with Thomas and in the second to last group are Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.

Though always unsafe, he entered Round 3 at 2-under par.

But three costly bogeys on the back nine left Johnson needing to pick up strokes down the stretch which proved beyond him.

Casey flipped a switch nearly immediately after those first six holes to salvage a solid performance. Thus, he had to be thinking about making the biggest move of the famed Moving Day at the US Open.

Thomas had six birdies on his opening nine as he went out in 31, five-under.

Low scores were available.

The pace might actually pick up when the PGA Tour veteran leaves Erin Hills. Not everyone can take advantage. Jordan Spieth was even par through 12 holes and going nowhere.

Former Masters champion Danny Willett has withdrawn from the Open with a back injury.

Zach Johnson holed an 8-foot putt on the par-3 ninth for his third birdie of the front nine.

Champ said a practice round with former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen and four-times major victor McIlroy on Monday helped his confidence. They are still about three hours away from teeing off.

He's going to have to get it cleaned to wear it again this weekend.

Fleetwood, six years Casey's junior, continues to impress in only his second U.S. Open tournament.

But that's not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday.

It was day of sizzling drama on the links-style layout that featured stunning birdie runs and spectacular collapses - some like Casey coming on the same scorecard.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., shot a 74 and is 2 under through 36 holes.


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