US Open golf 2022 LIVE: Second round scores and latest updates as Rory McIlroy fights back up leaderboard

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US Open golf 2022 LIVE: Second round scores and latest updates as Rory McIlroy fights back up leaderboard
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The cream rose to the top on day two of the US Open as a quartet of major champions defied predictions of Brookline turning “nasty”.

Open champion Collin Morikawa led the way on five under par after a superb second round of 66 and was later joined by Joel Dahmen at that mark, with reigning US Open champion Jon Rahm and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy a shot behind.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was part of the group another stroke back, with England’s Matt Fitzpatrick three off the pace on two under.

McIlroy had been in danger of falling out of contention when he covered the front nine in 36, the world number three needing three attempts to hack on to the green from thick rough on the third, before holing from 23 feet to salvage a double bogey.

But after dropping a shot on the 10th, McIlroy picked up shots on the 12th, 14th and 17th to remain firmly in the hunt for his fifth major title and first since the 2014 US PGA.

Relive all the action live from day two:

US Open 2022: Second Round

  • -5 Morikawa, Dahmen

  • -4 Wise, Buckley, Rahm, McIlroy, Hossler

  • -3 NeSmith, Rodgers, Harman, Hardy, Scheffler

  • -2 Burns, Fitzpatrick, Hadwin

  • Third round begins at 2.49pm BST; leaders tee off at 8.45pm

US Open 2022: Round 2

Saturday 18 June 2022 00:44 , Tom Kershaw

Dahmen’s birdie putt just skirted past but that’s a fine round from the American who will go out alongside Morikawa in tomorrow’s final group.

Collin Morikawa claims US Open lead with Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm a shot back

US Open 2022: Round 2

Saturday 18 June 2022 00:27 , Tom Kershaw

That’s a fantastic approach from Dahmen that lands just a few feet over the front bunker and he’ll have a great chance to take the outright lead on the 18th heading into the weekend.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Saturday 18 June 2022 00:24 , Tom Kershaw

Rory McIlroy: “I think I have to go out with the mindset this week that I’m going to try to win my first [major] again. I’m playing as good a golf as I’ve played in a long time.”

US Open 2022: Round 2

Saturday 18 June 2022 00:23 , Tom Kershaw

Dahmen hits a horrible slice off the 18th tee but it’s so bad it actually turns out well. He’ll have a great angle in out of a short lie because all that ground has been trampled by the spectators.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Saturday 18 June 2022 00:10 , Tom Kershaw

Dahmen plays a fine approach that uses the backstop on the 17th green. He has 15ft down the hill for birdie but it just slips past. It’s a tap-in par though and he heads to the 18th in the joint lead.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Saturday 18 June 2022 00:09 , Tom Kershaw

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:59 , Tom Kershaw

That’s a great save from Dahmen at 16. He missed the green and his ball sat down in the second cut at the par-3 16th. His chip gives him a chance but it’s a great 10ft putt to escape with his par. He keeps a share of the lead at -5.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:52 , Tom Kershaw

It’s been some run-in for Cameron Young. The American looked certain to be missing the cut but after a birdie at the fifth, a hole in one followed at the sixth! He backed it up with brilliant birdies at 7 and 8. He needs a birdie on his final hole to make it to the weekend.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:48 , Tom Kershaw

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:45 , Tom Kershaw

Dahmen takes a share of the lead! That putt was a good 60ft from the whole and travelled almost the full length of the 15th green before dropping for birdie.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:44 , Tom Kershaw

There’s a bit of fortune for Wise, whose chip out of the left rough at 17 hits the flagstick and stops dead right next to the hole. There’s a wry smile from the American because that ball was travelling fast and was likely rolling over the back of the green. Instead, it’s a tap-in birdie and he joins the group at -4.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:42 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy rolls his birdie putt quite a way past the hole and that leaves a nervy one back up the hill. He holes it nicely though and that’s a great round of 69 considering the disaster he had back on the third. He’s just one shot off the lead.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:33 , Tom Kershaw

Schauffele misses way right off the tee at 18 but gets lucky as his ball settles in the grass that’s been trampled down by the spectators. He can’t take advantage though and his six-iron comes up way short and he looks away in disgust.

Now it’s McIlory’s turn. He can’t get close as he hits straight into the sun but it’s in the heart of the green. It’s been a great fightback from the Northern Irishman.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:28 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy might not be done just yet. He hits a perfect high draw down the 18th fairway.

Elsewhere, Keegan Bradley’s sensational charge that featured six birdies in eight holes is halted by a bogey at 15.

David Lingmerth, who held the lead at one stage this afternoon, ends with a sorry three-putt that sees him drop back to -1.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:17 , Tom Kershaw

A fantastic birdie from McIlroy at 17! He judged the spin well on that 100-yard approach and then gets a huge roar from the crowd after a fine putt. He’s just one off the lead and what a leaderboard it is shaping up to be. Morikawa gets up and down for par to complete a brilliant round of 66 and take the clubhouse lead at -5. Rahm so nearly holes a 30ft putt for birdie but is still all smiles after a round of 67.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 23:07 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy gets out of 16 with a par after a fine two-putt. He then stripes a long iron down the 17th fairway and that’ll set up a great chance to attack the flag with a wedge.

Over at 9, which is Morikawa’s final hole of the day, our leader fats his approach and comes up well short of the green. Rahm finds the putting surface but it’ll require some effort to make birdie from there.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:54 , Tom Kershaw

That’s a big miss from Morikawa, who pulls his 4ft eagle putt. The birdie tap-in is no problem but that what a chance to put some clear air between himself in the pack. Instead, his outright lead is just one.

The defending champion Rahm is now part of that pack at -4 too after a birdie of his own at the par-5 8th.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:47 , Tom Kershaw

That position is likely to change in a second though! After a steady streak of three pars, Morikawa bursts back into life with a sensational 208-yard second into the par-5 8th. It stops just 4ft from the hole and that eagle chance could push him two shots clear.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:46 , Tom Kershaw

Dahmen’s approach just dribbled into the rough at 12 and he fluffed his chip, which pulls up way short. That’s a clutch par putt from 10ft though to ensure he stays at the top of the leaderboard.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:44 , Tom Kershaw

There was no drop-off from Tarren’s playing partner, though. Hayden Buckley finishes in a blaze of glory with back-to-back birdies and the American, who is ranked No 259 in the world, is in the clubhouse with a share of the lead at -4.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:39 , Tom Kershaw

Tarren is back in the clubhouse with a 72. He’ll be disappointed, having held the lead earlier this afternoon but he just missed far too many short putts to sustain his charge. Even then, he’ll be delighted to make it through to the weekend.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:33 , Tom Kershaw

Schauffele is putting a nice run together on the back-nine. After birdies at 11 and 13, he hits a brilliant approach into the 14th that stays on the bottom tier, unlike McIlroy’s effort. He’s eyeing up the eagle chance but is forced to settle for birdie. The American, who has never finished worse than 7th at the US Open, moves to -1.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:28 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy makes the green in two at the par-5 14th but the ball rolls up unto the second tier and he’s left with a very tricky downhill putt that’s almost 60ft in length. He judges the weight inch-perfectly though. The line however was off and the ball stops agonisingly close to the left lip of the hole. Still, that’s a birdie and the Northern Irishman is just one back of the lead now. After that early double bogey, it’s been a great fightback.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:21 , Tom Kershaw

Dahmen can’t get up and down after his approach found the greenside bunker at 10 and he’s a little clumsy out of the sand, leaving himself a long par attempt. It’s not a bad putt but that’s still a shot dropped and he and Morikawa now share the lead at -4. The field is so bunched heading into the weekend.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:19 , Tom Kershaw

Dahmen is facing a tricky up and down at the 10th after missing the green left.

Meanwhile, Harman has faltered badly with a double bogey at the 13th. His drive drifted right and his second was no less directionally challenged. His next effort got caught up in the fescue that lines the greenside bunker, leaving him a horrific lie and stance and his awkward chip sailed into the fringe on the other side. A good up and down limits the damage to two shots and he’s now back at -2.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:13 , Tom Kershaw

Lingmerth bogeys the par-5 14th but that will feel like two shots dropped. There are only two par 5s on the layout this week and it’s crucial to take advantage of them.

Coming up behind him on the same hole, McIlroy hits a huge draw down the left side of the fairway and will have a great chance to get on in two.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:09 , Tom Kershaw

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:04 , Tom Kershaw

The driveable 5th is easy pickings for big-hitting Jon Rahm. The defending champion actually hit his tee shot 11 yards past the hole but a nice two-putt moves him to -3. He’s right in the mix despite playing a little scrappily compared to his spectacular form last year.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 22:01 , Tom Kershaw

Unfortunately Callum Tarren has somewhat run out of steam after his blistering start. The Englishman finds the bunker at 16 and can’t get within 15ft with his escape. His par putt runs by and he drops back to -2.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:56 , Tom Kershaw

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:52 , Tom Kershaw

And now it’s Dahmen who takes the outright lead with a birdie after reaching the par-5 8th in two.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:50 , Tom Kershaw

There’s a huge roar as McIlroy drains a 20ft birdie putt at 12! The Boston crowd loved that, and Morikawa can’t get up and down at the 4th. Suddenly the Northern Irishman is only two shots back.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:34 , Tom Kershaw

Matsuyama and Schauffele both make birdies at the short downhill par-3 11th but their playing partner McIlroy can only manage par.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:33 , Tom Kershaw

Lingmerth has found trouble at 13 after an errant tee shot forces him to lay up short of the water. His third is good but it’ll still be a tricky putt to save par.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:22 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy can’t hole out to save par and he slips back to -1.

Morikawa is playing brilliantly out in front and sets up another birdie chance. He’s already four under for his round.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:14 , Tom Kershaw

Wise moves to -4 with back-to-back birdies at 7 and 8.

It’s not such good news for Tarren though. After holding the lead early on in this afternoon wave, a bogey at 13 sees him drop back to -3.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:11 , Tom Kershaw

Morikawa is very wayward off the tee at 11 but should save par after a magnificent flop over the bunker.

McIlroy is in trouble off the tee at 10 and has to chip back into the fairway. He’s 100 yards away from the green and needs a great up and down to avoid dropping another shot.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:07 , Tom Kershaw

Rahm dropped a short at the first (his 10th hole of the day) after an errant tee-shot left him unable to get within 50 yards of the green with his second. He can’t get up and down and the defending champion is back at -2.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 21:05 , Tom Kershaw

Morikawa matches Lingmerth at -5! That’s a terrific 33ft birdie putt from the Open champion and this form is ominously reminiscent of the class he produced at Royal St George’s last year.

Lingmerth has work to do to stay at that number but gets up and down very well out of the rough at the par-3 11th.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 20:52 , Tom Kershaw

Lingmerth takes the outright lead with a birdie after a magnificent approach into the 10th. What a performance this is from the Swede.

Behind him, Harman hit a fabulous approach into the par-5 8th and so nearly rolls in the eagle putt. A birdie still sees the American move to -4.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 20:43 , Tom Kershaw

Rahm’s birdie putt just slips by on the low side at the 18th but that’s still a two-under-par front-nine for the defending champion.

McIlroy taps in for birdie at the par-5 8th after a fine chip and he’s back to -2.

Dahmen joins the leaders after taking advantage of the driveable 5th.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 20:23 , Tom Kershaw

Nope, another chance goes begging for Tarren. He’s playing so well with his irons but the putter has let him down over the last few holes.

And now Morikawa joins him at the top of the leaderboard! The two-time major champion rolls in a great birdie putt at the 17th.

His playing partner Rahm had work to do to save his par after an aggressive chip but that’s another fine save from the defending champion. He’s just one shot back.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 20:15 , Tom Kershaw

He’s not letting his frustration get the better of him though and hits a magnificent shot into the par-3 11th. He’ll have another short birdie chance.

Lingmerth had a great chance to take the outright lead too but misses a short birdie putt of his own at the par-5 8th.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 20:14 , Tom Kershaw

Tarren lips out again! That’s the second birdie chance that’s squirmed away in consecutive holes.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 20:04 , Tom Kershaw

Tarren hits a fantastic approach into the 10th and will have a great chance to move into the outright lead.

It’s not such great news for McIlroy though who three-putts on the 6th green and slips back to -1.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:54 , Tom Kershaw

Rahm saves par at the 6th after he pushed his tee shot deep into the rough. He could only make the greenside bunker from there and it required a brilliant up and down to escape unscathed.

Elsewhere, David Lingmerth has joined Tarren at the top of the leaderboard thanks to a birdie at the 7th.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:46 , Tom Kershaw

What a chip from McIlroy at the short 5th. His drive just ran into the rough beside the green but the control with his wedge was exquisite, with the ball running across the slope and so nearly dropping for eagle. He has to settle for birdie but that’s one shot clawed back after his horrific double at the 3rd.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:41 , Tom Kershaw

A cruel blow for Tarren at the 9th. He hit a fine approach into the par 4 and had about 7ft for birdie, but the ball somehow lips out. That looked for all the world like it was going in. He remains in a share of the lead but that’s a chance gone.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:39 , Tom Kershaw

Joel Dahmen celebrated his opening round of 67 yesterday by going to a Ben Rector concert in Boston. There’s no sign of a hangover though as he hits an exquisite approach into the first and has nothing more than a tap-in for birdie. That takes him to -4 and he’s now in a share of the lead with Tarren.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:33 , Tom Kershaw

Morikawa makes birdie after a fine third shot into the par-5 14th is followed by a deft putt down the slope.

Rahm goes one better though and rolls in from 12ft for eagle! The Open champion and the defending champion are now both at -3 and just one back of the lead.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:28 , Tom Kershaw

Dustin Johnson pays little respect to MJ Daffue, who was leading throughout much of the morning wave.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:23 , Tom Kershaw

Rahm takes what seems like an age as he sizes up his approach into the par-5 5th. It’s worth the wait though, racing up the bank and settling about 10ft past the flag. That’ll be a great chance for eagle.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:13 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy is having a disaster at the third. He has 213 yards in and flares his approach way right into the deep fescue. He can barely see the ball beneath his feet and twice fails to hack it out. He finds the green at the third attempt but still has 23ft just to save a double bogey. He makes it! He falls back to -1 but that still almost feels like an escape.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:11 , Tom Kershaw

Rahm makes a bogey at the 13th and slips back to -1 after a poor tee shot.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 19:01 , Tom Kershaw

Tarren drops a shot after missing the green at the par-3 6th. His lead is back to one.

Brian Harman joins the pack at -3 with one of the very few birdies we’ve seen at the 2nd today.

Jordan Spieth hasn’t found his best so far, but back-to-back birdies see him move to +1 and away from the cut line.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:54 , Tom Kershaw

Rahm and Morikawa both birdie the 12th to move to -2.

Back at the 2nd, McIlroy hits a tremendous tee shot into the 217-yard par 3, which is ranking as the toughest hole on the course. He can’t hole the long birdie putt but par is still a great result there.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:42 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy had the line on the putt but the pace was lacking and the ball just dies away from the hole at the end. Still, a solid par to start for the Northern Irishman.

Up at the driveable fifth, Tarren found the greenside rough with his tee shot. A nice chip leaves 7ft for par and he rolls it in for birdie! That’s a two-shot lead for the Englishman.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:34 , Tom Kershaw

McIlroy has a nice lie in the left rough and judges his approach brilliantly. He’ll have a 15ft putt for birdie at the first hole.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:30 , Tom Kershaw

Now it’s time for Rory McIlroy to get underway. Can he build on that fantastic performance yesterday or will he fade away after taking the first-round lead like at the PGA Championship last month?

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:27 , Tom Kershaw

Here’s a look at the leaderboard as things stand:

-4: Tarren (3)-3: Hardy (F), Scheffler (F), Lingmerth (1), McIlroy, Dahmen-2: Burns (F), Fitzpatrick (F), Buckley (3), NeSmith (2*), Rodgers (2*), Harman, Wise

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:15 , Tom Kershaw

Callum Tarren has taken the solo lead! The Englishman birdies the third.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:15 , Tom Kershaw

Fitzpatrick birdies the par-5 8th. It’s been a difficult nine for him with bogeys on 2, 3 and 4 but he’s recovered with a pair of birdies and is back to -2 for the tournament.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:06 , Tom Kershaw

Collin Morikawa and Jon Rahm are both well-poised at -1 as they get their second rounds underway. Morikawa hits a perfect drive straight down the middle but the defending champion’s slices right and he’ll need to rely on a kind lie from there.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 18:01 , Tom Kershaw

It’s looking as though the cut line will be +4 at the moment if scoring dips slightly in the afternoon wave as expected.

Tony Finau has just made a bogey on his final hole to finish on +5 and won’t be here for the weekend. Other well-known players set to miss out include Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen and Viktor Hovland.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 17:53 , Tom Kershaw

Callum Tarren was very much a surprise figure at the top of the leaderboard yesterday. He’s just got his second round underway, but if you want to know more about the Englishman’s roundabout route to the US Open, here’s an interview from 2018:

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 17:48 , Tom Kershaw

There are less than 40 minutes until Rory McIlroy gets his second round underway and he is likely to still find himself in a share of the lead when he does so. There are several big-name players who’ve made significant moves in the morning wave, though, including world No 1 Scottie Scheffler, who has just tapped in for a round of 67.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 17:29 , Tom Kershaw

There’s finally something to smile about for Phil Mickelson after such a torrid birthday. He rolls in back-to-back birdies at 5 and 6 but, with just three holes left to play, the 52-year-old has no chance whatsoever of making the cut.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 17:25 , Tom Kershaw

Koepka hits a magnificent shot out of the second cut after pushing his drive right at 17. He can’t take advantage though and a 15ft putt just stays high of the hole. He stays at level par for the tournament.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 17:18 , Tom Kershaw

The world No 1 moves into a share of the lead. Scheffler hit a fine approach into the par-3 16th and holes the birdie putt from 10ft.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 17:11 , Tom Kershaw

It’s an unfortunate finish for Daffue at the last. He catches his bunker shot thin and it flies way over the back of the green. He can’t get up and down from there and that’s a double for the South African, who at one stage held a two-shot lead before going five-over-par on the back-nine. He finishes with a 72.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 17:01 , Tom Kershaw

That’s a really important birdie for Fitzpatrick at the short par-4 5th to move back to -1 after a streak of bogeys. He’s still muttering to himself in frustration as he walks off the green.

Johnson hit a 307-yard drive that finished pin high, 28ft right of the hole. It should have been a routine birdie but he three-putts. He’s missed a lot of opportunities today but is still only three shots off the lead.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:52 , Tom Kershaw

Nick Hardy may be the world No 371, but he’s just moved into a share of the lead at the US Open. The American holes a tricky little 5ft putt across the slope for birdie at the par-5 8th.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:50 , Tom Kershaw

It’s been a disappointing day for Thomas. There’s a collective groan as he lips out at the 6th and a three-putt sees him move back to +2.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:48 , Tom Kershaw

That’s a really gritty par save from Daffue to ensure he keeps a share of the lead.

The South African found the fairway bunker after dragging his tee shot left and then got a horrible break as his ball rolled off the front of the green and back into a divot. He opts for the putter from there and has to bash it some 33 yards up the hill towards the flag. It goes 11ft past but he manages to hole that and escape with a par.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:42 , Tom Kershaw

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:40 , Tom Kershaw

Dustin Johnson is definitely in contention but he’s just had two great birdie chances narrowly slip by the hole.

There’s no problem finding the cup for Scottie Scheffler though! It’s been a quiet day for the world No 1, who made two birdies on the front before recovering to get back to level. But he’s shooting up the leaderboard now after a chip-in eagle out of the rough at the par-5 14th.

Brooks Koepka is in the same group and made the green in two with a spectacular approach and he follows Scheffler in for an eagle of his own.

  • Scheffler -2

  • Koepka -1

  • Johnson - E

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:34 , Tom Kershaw

It’s been a tough few holes for Fitzpatrick. He leaks his drive right at the 3rd and can’t reach the green in two. His chip isn’t great, leaving him 19ft to save par, and that’s a second consecutive bogey for the Englishman.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:26 , Tom Kershaw

One player who is in the red is Patrick Reed. The 2018 Masters champion is one under for the day and the tournament and will have a good look at birdie at 11 too.

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:24 , Tom Kershaw

Daffue is made to pay again after spraying his tee shot right at 15. He can only find the front bunker with his approach and can’t get close out of the sand. That’s a bogey for the South African and he’s now in a five-way tie for the lead at -3. To emphasise quite how hard this course is playing, four of those players are yet to tee off. The majority of the field are just trying to avoid slipping backwards and conditions are only set to get tougher as the day wears on.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 16:06 , Tom Kershaw

Daffue compounds that error with a slice off the tee at 15 that nestles down in the rough.

Fitzpatrick has unfortunately dropped a shot too at the par-3 2nd, which is playing 217 yards this afternoon and has ranked as the hardest hole on the course. His tee shot came up short and right of the green and he can’t get up and down.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 15:56 , Tom Kershaw

Now Daffue shows some frustration. He decelerated on his chip and his ball comes up short and sticks in the rough just off the fringe. He opts to go for a bump and run at the next attempt but it’s a little heavy handed. He berates himself before standing over a tricky sliding putt to save par and then leaves it low of the hole. His lead is reduced to one.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 15:44 , Tom Kershaw

Another decent birdie putt drifts low of the hole for Fitzpatrick.

Daffue is in a spot of bother again at the behemoth par-5 14th. His drive ended up left and finishes on some cement in the spectator area. Rather than lay up sensibly though, he pulls out a 3-wood and goes for the green. You’ve got to admire the optimism. The reality isn’t quite as pretty and his ball nestles down in some thick rough left of the green after clipping a tree.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 15:32 , Tom Kershaw

The pressure of being the leader has had little impact on MJ Daffue. After pulling his approach into the rough left of the 12th green, he opens the face on a lob wedge and judges his chip to perfection. That’s a tap-in to save par and the South African still has a two-shot lead after Fitzpatrick missed his birdie chance.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 15:25 , Tom Kershaw

Sam Burns already has two PGA Tour wins this season and he put together an excellent front-nine, going out in just 32 to move towards the top of the leaderboard. He has just undone much of that hard work, though.

He pulled his drive way left at the 10th, couldn’t find the green and then chipped out of the heavy rough straight into the bunker over the back. He can’t get up and down from there and that’s a double bogey that sees him drop back to level par for the tournament.

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 15:20 , Tom Kershaw

Justin Thomas endured a dreadful start to his second round, dropping three shots in his opening two holes, but he makes a better start to his back-nine with a birdie. That gets him back to level for the tournament and he’s by no means out of this yet.

Elsewhere, Fitzpatrick matches his perfect drive down the 18th with a fine approach and will have a good chance to close the gap at the top.

US Open 2022: Latest odds

Friday 17 June 2022 14:55 , Jack Rathborn

  • Rory McIlroy 7/2

  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 13/2

  • Jon Rahm 9/1

  • Sam Burns 12/1

  • Collin Morikawa 20/1

  • Dustin Johnson 20/1

  • Viktor Hovland 20/1

  • Will Zalatoris 20/1

  • Aaron Wise 25/1

  • Justin Thomas 25/1

  • M.J. Daffue 25/1

  • Max Homa 25/1

Cameron Smith, of Australia, hits on the sixth hole (AP)
Cameron Smith, of Australia, hits on the sixth hole (AP)

US Open 2022: Matt Fitzpatrick enjoys good start to round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:44 , Jack Rathborn

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:40 , Jack Rathborn

Daffue burns the edge, he was so close to -7!

Those yet to start at -3, plus Fitzpatrick, are four behind.

Fitzy with a terrific birdie on six.

Reed with a dig on five, straight into the bunker for the newly-signed LIV golfer.

Sam Groom, from England and a Rory McIlroy fan, watches along the second hole during the second round (AP)
Sam Groom, from England and a Rory McIlroy fan, watches along the second hole during the second round (AP)

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:37 , Jack Rathborn

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:36 , Jack Rathborn

Min Woo Lee with a fine par save, remains +5 and in the hunt to make the cut.

DJ with a safe play on 15, leaves him 25 feet for birdie.

Hadwin trying to stop the rot, a birdie putt slides by.

Fitzpatrick on 15 with a wedge, beautiful, now five feet for birdie and a chance to get to -3.

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US Open 2022: Round 2 leaderboard

Friday 17 June 2022 14:32 , Jack Rathborn

-6 Daffue

-3 Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen

-2 Hadwin, Hovland, Fitzpatrick, Buckley, NeSmith, Harman, Wise

-1 Hardy, Piot, Rahm, Morikawa, Rodgers, Reed, D.Johnson, Burns, Scott, Homa, Zalatoris, Hossler

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Friday 17 June 2022 14:28 , Jack Rathborn

Webb Simpson reeling, this is the US Open: 35 feet from the hole in two, he ended up needing EIGHT strokes.

JT with a par, looking to just find his legs so to speak, his +3 start, with two sixes, is like a boxer dazed by a flash knockdown. He’s +2 overall for the tournament, so no need to panic for the PGA Championship champion.

Sergio Garcia is living on the edge... One over today and +5 for the tournament, he needs a good back nine (which will be the front for him after starting on 10) to make it for the weekend.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts to his shot on the seventh hole (AP)
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts to his shot on the seventh hole (AP)

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:22 , Jack Rathborn

Fitzpatrick steadies himself on five, asks his caddy to remove the pin, then puts away the par. Tidy. -2 overall.

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:17 , Jack Rathborn

SAVE! Hovland with a magic long par putt on six to stay at -2.

DJ with a bad contact out the fescue, he goes long, but the tricky chip back is nice, he should save par. He’s steadying the ship after a rollercoaster start, -1 overall.

Daffue with a sublime par on nine, a right-to-left slider, it trickles into the middle of the cup.

Rotten for DeChambeau, a double bogey on four, he’s +3 for the tournament.

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:13 , Jack Rathborn

Tough one for Burns, a short par putt slides by, he’s back to -1, and Hovland may join him soon as he races a birdie putt well past the hole.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson is badly struggling, he’s +9 and probably five shots off the projected cut of +4.

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:08 , Jack Rathborn

Trending up (score today): Burns -2 (-3), Hovland -2 (-2), Webb Simpson -1 (-1)

Trending down (score today): Hadwin -2 (+2), D.Johnson -1 (+1), Rose -1 (+1), J.Thomas +2 (+3), Woodland +2 (+3)

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 14:00 , Jack Rathborn

Frustration brewing, JT with a poor par miss after coming out of it, never looked comfortable, he’s +2 for the tournament and +3 today.

Daffue then chunks one to the fringe, barely a couple feet from his starting point, it’s racing past the hole and nearly goes all the way through.

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 13:55 , Jack Rathborn

Three-under through five, Sam Burns is the hottest player on the course right now.

Hadwin WAY left on 12, hooked it. He’s in trouble at -3 so far.

Hovland tidying up on five, -2 for the tournament, same for Fitzpatrick on four with a four footer.

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US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 13:54 , Jack Rathborn

Gorgeous pace from Fitzpatrick.

Daffue is long on eight, in the thick stuff, that’s nasty, but he’s three clear after Hadwin drops one to move back to -3.

DJ back to -1, bogey on four. A horrid hole for those out there right now.

MJ Daffue, of South Africa, reacts to his shot on the seventh hole (AP)
MJ Daffue, of South Africa, reacts to his shot on the seventh hole (AP)

US Open 2022: Round 2

Friday 17 June 2022 13:51 , Jack Rathborn

Hatton on the move, aggressive four-footer, he’s back to +2 overall, excellent start.

Fans watch as Justin Thomas of the United States plays a second shot on the 12th hole (Getty Images)
Fans watch as Justin Thomas of the United States plays a second shot on the 12th hole (Getty Images)

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