Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen share the lead with five points heading into the weekend

Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen are the 36-hole US Open leaders after a fun second round at the Country Club on Friday, tied for five under.

Dahmen was within a shot of the lead after the first round, and followed up with a strong 68 in windy conditions. He is one of three players to hit 68 or better in the first two rounds. Morikawa entered the day with one under and shot into the day’s round as the only player to come around at 66.

A coup behind the lead is a five-man group headed by stars Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, along with American duo Hayden Buckley and Aaron Wise. Buckley and Wise were the two players along for Dahmen to shoot 68s in a row.

Beau Hossler joined that group in four down thanks to a chip-in birdie on his final hole.

World number one Scottie Scheffler is part of the group at three under, and he shared the club’s initial lead after three under 67. He is joined by Nick Hardy, Matthew NeSmith, Patrick Rodgers and Brian Harman to round out the top. 10. .

Leader of the night Adam Hadwin is up to a two-under chance with Sam Burns and Matt Fitzpatrick, while South African MJ Daffue – who was three strokes ahead of the leaderboard at the start of his six-under round – posted five bogeys and no birdies on the back nine to go for the weekend in one below.

Also on one below are hopefuls Xander Schauffele and Will Zalatoris, still very close, while Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka lead the pack on par.

Star duo Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson are on one over, and the duo of Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau are on two, one hit above the court line.

Finishing right on the line with three more are recent winner Lee Kyoung-hoon and Colombian Sebastian Munoz, who has a pair of top threes this season.

Many big names missed the cut, with the international contingent of Spaniard Sergio Garcia, Irishman Shane Lowry, Chilean Mito Pereira and Canadian Corey Conners all with four points. Tony Finau finished with five, Cameron Smith with six, and Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland with seven.

day shot

Cameron Young had a moment he’ll never forget when he conjured a hole-in-one on the sixth par three.

There was much applause after the American’s dream shot at the 165-yard hole fell. Young failed to make the cut – missing by one shot – but not without achieving a rare feat.

Player of the Day – Colin Morikawa

Morikawa produced the day’s round to ensure he’s the man to catch over the weekend.

The two-time champion wasn’t in top form, but five birdies and just one bogey in the fourth par-five put him in the lead.

Entering

Morikawa: “Nobody went that far and kind of ran away, but you know, right now my game looks pretty good. The last few days are a big confidence booster for me this weekend, and I hope we can kind of do some sorting of some sort of separation.” form.”

Scheffler: “I’ve been number one in the world for a while now, and I don’t really feel that way, so I’m kind of off the radar. I can show up and do my thing and then go home and rest.”

A little bird told me…

– Young’s ace was the 48th in US Open history.

– Nick Hardy and MJ Daffue pulled out of Springfield, Ohio qualifying. Both held a share of the lead on Friday.

– Scheffler is aiming to become only the second player to win this major while number one in the world since the Official World Golf Rankings began in 1986. Tiger Woods (2000, 2002 and 2008) is the only man to achieve this.

– Matthew Fitzpatrick wants to emulate Jack Nicklaus by winning the US Amateur and US Open on the same field.

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