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Dahmen with another par on the 16th
And his tee shot on the short par four 17th comes to rest in the first cut. Could well provide a chance for a birdie.
Dahmen’s putt on the 15th
Joel Dahmen keeping Morikawa company!
Holes a birdie putt from miles downtown across the 15th green to tie for the lead. Three holes remaining to try and snatch the lead on his own.
McIlroy cleans up for par on the 18th
Made hard work of it, running his birdie putt six feet past, but held his nerve to hole the one back. After he was two-over for the day on the 4th tee, that is a highly credible performance to produce a one-under 69. Just one behind Morikawa going into the weekend.
A leaderboard LIV Golf cannot match
McIlroy splits the fairway on the 18th
Good chance to set up a look at birdie that will take him level with Morikawa and into the final group tomorrow.
Birdie for McIlroy!
He rolls in his putt for birdie on 17 and moves the four-under. The top three names on the leaderboard read: Morikawa, McIlroy and Rahm. What a Saturday we could be in store for.
Morikawa with a par at the last
Not his best iron shot into the 9th, coming up more than a club short, but he chipped and putted for a par. Morikawa reaches the clubhouse at five-under, and leads by one.
Alongside him, Rahm finishes on four-under after an excellent 67.
McIlroy has set up another birdie chance with a wedge spun back down the 17th green.
Another par for McIlroy
It is incredibly difficult to get the ball close to that front pin on the 16th. Sensibly, he flew his tee shot over the flag and settled for a two-putt par to stay at three-under.
Cameron Young with a hole-in-one
Morikawa misses the putt!
The eagle try was left off the blade, never looked like going in. He knocks in the one back for a birdie, and once again he has the sole lead at five-under. One hole to play, the par four 9th.
Shot of the day material from Morikawa
His second into the par five 8th with a mid iron skips up from the front edge to within five feet. That putt to go two clear of the field and reach six-under.
Back at the 15th, McIlroy’s birdie putt slips by the edge and he stays at three-under.
McIlroy with another birdie chance coming up
His drive at the 15th almost reached the cross-walk and his wedge comes to rest around 20 feet away, leaving himself an uphill putt.
Back at the 12th, Dahmen holes a lengthy par putt to stay at four-under and avoid dropping a shot.
Another player reaches four-under
American Hayden Buckley has birdied his final hole of the day for consecutive rounds of 68. Leader in the clubhouse at four-under.
Morikawa close to reaching five-under
Trademark iron shot on the par four 7th, but the putt burns the edge. He stays tied for the lead with Dahmen but has a par five coming next.
Birdie for McIlroy
Two thumps up the hill at the par five 14th, and two putts from the back edge take him back into the pack at three-under. This has been a good recovery from the fiasco at the 3rd.
Indeed it is a dropped shot for Dahmen
So once again the lead is shared by he and Morikawa at four-under. Worth remembering that Dahmen has the meat of the tougher back nine still to play. Morikawa has just three holes of the front nine to play, which includes a par five.
Brian Harman with a double bogey in the 13th
Got tangled up in the rough around the green and went from one side to the other. He falls back to two-under.
Meanwhile Dahmen looks almost certain to drop a shot at the 10th after flipping his uphill second left.
Lingmerth drops a shot on the 14th
That will hurt for two reasons: it is a par five and one of the easier holes on the course, and it was a three-putt. He drops back to three-under. That’s the same score as Scheffler and Rahm.
Birdie for Rahm on the 5th
He powered a three-wood 300 yards through the air to drive the par four. A safe two putt moves him to three-under. Morikawa missed out on a birdie due to an average bunker shot, but he stays at four-under.
Dahmen has made a four at the 9th to turn at five-under.
Joel Dahmen now the sole leader
The leaderboard is ever changing, and the American birdies the gettable par five 8th to reach five-under.
McIlroy picks up one of those dropped shots
His approach into the par four 12th was pin high and he poured in the birdie putt from right-to-left. McIlroy back to two-under. Over at the 4th, Morikawa is facing a 12-foot par putt to stay at five-under…
…and it drifts to the right! Once again the lead is four-under. But Morikawa has some scoring holes in front of him.
Lingmerth with a tester for par coming up on the 13th….
Will need to make that to stay tied with Morikawa. Tarren has dropped a couple of shots to sit a three-under after 14 holes.
Bogey for McIlroy at the 10th
Missing the fairway left on this slog of a top four costs him, he had no prospect of taking on the green with his second from there. McIlroy back to one-under, and now four off the lead.
Morikawa with an important up and down at the 2nd
Missed the green left on the long par three but his short game, which some have said is a weakness, saved the day with a well-executed flop shot.
Like Koepka, another major whisperer
Gutsy up and down from Lingmerth
He flew the green at the 130-yard 11th, and had no control from the rough, but his putter got him out of trouble from 15 feet to keep him level with Morikawa.
Morikawa holes a tram-liner from 30 feet on the first
His fourth birdie of the day takes him to five-under with Lingmerth, and there are scoring holes to follow at the end of this back nine.
David Lingmerth has birdied the 10th to reach five-under. Daffue reached six-under earlier today before falling away badly on the back nine. Will Lingmerth avoid the same fate?
Left-hander Brian Harman has joined the group at four-under with a birdie.
There are now FOUR players at four-under
A birdie for Joel Dahmen means Morikawa, Tarren and Lingmerth have company.
Excellent short-game work from McIlroy
Pounded a drive down the par five 8th and his five-iron approach was right over the pin, but ran through to the rough at the back. McIlroy opened the face, and stabbed out a chip that landed only a few feet in front of him but trundled down the hill to tap-in range. McIlroy back to level par for the day and two-under for the tournament.
Morikawa rolls in a birdie on the 17th!
His third of the day, and the reigning Open champion moves into a tie for the lead. Morikawa has 10 holes remaining of his second round – could he set a target?
Lingmerth misses out on the solo lead
He was walking after his birdie putt from five or six feet on the 8th, but it lipped out. The Swede stays at four-under with Tarren.
McIlroy makes a par after an average wedge shot on the 7th, and he stays two off the lead. But he has the par five next, the easiest hole on the course.
Another birdie putt misses for Tarren
Believe it or not, his lead could be three shots after chances go at the 9th and 10th. Playing excellent golf from tee to green and sending the ball out there a long way.
Chance goes for McIlroy at the 6th
A lovely high draw into the front left pin on this tough par three, but the putt slides by. McIlroy stays at two-under, two behind Tarren and Lingmerth.
David Lingmerth joins Tarren
Rolls in a birdie putt from 25 feet on the 7th, and the Swede is the latest player to reach four-under.
The cut currently stands at three-over.
Tarren has the lead on his own again…
A bogey for Dahmen at the long par three 2nd, not the first one there today. The three players behind Tarren on the leaderboard are Scheffler, Rahm and Morikawa.
Strong response from McIlroy
A birdie at the short par four 5th after a tidy chip from right of the green takes him back to two-under. 18 players within four shots of the lead so far.
Tarren has company at the top of the leaderboard
Joel Dahmen has birdie his first hole of the day to reach four-under. Tarren played a tremendous approach into the 9th but his birdie putt lipped out. He reaches the turn at four-under.
Eagle for Rahm!
The defending champion jumps into the huddle of players at three-under with a three at the par five 14th. Scheffler, Rahm and Morikawa within striking distance now, as well as McIlroy as Fitzpatrick.
McIlroy settles down with a par at the 4th
Finds the heart of the green on the par four, and the right-to-left birdie try from long range is well-judged. McIlroy has two short par fours and a par five in his next five holes.
No birdie at the par five 8th for Tarren
But despite his hand slipping off the club on his tee shot on the 9th, it finds the short stuff. He still has the solo lead at four-under as he heads towards the turn.
Magnificent long iron from Rahm on the 14th
A blind second shot up the hill on the par five, and it is right down the banner. It lands short of the green, and bounds up to the surface, leaving him around 12 feet or so for eagle.
McIlroy drains the putt for a double bogey!
That was a courageous effort to stand up and hole the putt for a six. It keeps him in red figures, with some scoring holes to come on this front nine. A triple-bogey would have been a bitter blow.
McIlroy in a world of trouble on the 3rd
This is what he is facing for his fourth shot after he was unable to advance his third more than a few yards in the hay. It was a poor second shot fanned out to the right.
He took another hack with his fourth for little reward, before his fifth finally comes out and leaves him 25 feet or so for a double bogey. The stuff of nightmares.
Rahm moving forward with a birdie at the 12th
A few specks of rain falling at Brookline
That might cheer McIlroy who has banked another par at the long par three 2nd. He enjoys softer courses so he can fire at flags. Congressional was sodden when he won the 2011 US Open.
Adam Hadwin bounced back well at the end of his second round
Birdie on the 12th for Morikawa
The two-time major champion is now into the top 10 at two-under. The leader Tarren looks odds-on to drop a shot on the par three 6th, after coming up short on the par three.
Another birdie for Tarren!
Gets up and down from right of the green at the driveable fifth to reach five-under. This is a seriously impressive start from the World No 445. He is two shots clear of the field.
That’s got to hurt
Excellent second shot from McIlroy
Finds the heart of the green with a wedge, gouged out of the Kentucky blue grass, and leaves himself a birdie putt from 15 feet or so. Nice recovery.
No luck with the birdie try but that’s a welcome par. Stays at three-under.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee
Pulls a driver on this dog leg left, par four to start. That tee shot is pulled and it dives down into the thick rough left. Could be a challenge from there with the pin on the left.
Fitzpatrick finishes with a par
He will feel he should be a few shots better than two-under, given missed birdie chances on the front half and those three straight bogeys. Overall, level-par 70 and two-under is a good place to be going into the weekend.
The man from Darlington hits the front!
Callum Tarren has birdied the par four third to reach four-under and take the lead on his own. One-under thru three is a magnificent start given those are some of the tougher holes.
Morikawa and Rahm starting their second round
Teeing off on the very tough 10th. Morikawa splits the fairway with a glorious drive but Rahm’s strays into the right rough. Morikawa well positioned at one-under.
Fitzpatrick moving back in the right direction again
Another massive drive that scuttles down the left side of the 8th fairway, and he finds the heart of the par five green in two. Takes his two putts from 25 feet and the birdie takes the Englishman back to two-under with one hole to play.
Friday’s big mover
Justin Thomas finishing his second round
A two-over 72 to finish on one-over for the championship. Not his best day but only four shots off the lead.
Rory McIlroy is going through his paces on the driving range. The mercury is rising in Boston so these players will not be staying on the range for too long.
Just a par at the last for Scheffler
The birdie putt slips by. Still an excellent second round of 67 and his name now looms large on the leaderboard. Tied for the lead in the pack on three-under.
Scheffler sets up a birdie chance on the 18th
Uses the back-stop behind the flag to feed the ball down to within 15 feet. That for the sole lead at four-under. Koepka’s approaches catches the front, but the two-time US Open champion is level par for the championship.
Hovland will be heading for the airport
Six bogeys on his back nine and he now looks certain to miss the cut.
Burns has tapped in on the 18th to finish on two-under after a Friday 67. A great day’s work for Burns.
Sam Burns well poised
Three-under for the day and now within one stroke of the leaders. Burns has established himself as one of the stellar young talents on the PGA Tour this season.
Great play from American Nick Hardy
He holes a six-foot par putt on his final hole to reach the clubhouse at three-under. By the end of the day, that could have him close to the final group on Saturday.
Birdie for Scheffler at 16!
Cracking iron shot and a putt to match takes the Masters champion into a tie for the lead. Another birdie chance on the way at the short par four 17th.
Rough finish for Daffue
It’s an unfortunate double-bogey six at the 18th after knifing a shot from the greenside bunker. He drops to one-under, having got to six-under at one stage of his second round.
Koepka with a nasty miss from short range
Did all the hard work with a lovely pitch from the thick stuff right of the 15th green, but tried to jam the putt in from three feet. Falls back to level par. Scheffler alongside him saved par to stay at two-under.
Fitzpatrick with a much-needed birdie
Thumped a drive into the greenside bunker on the short par four 5th and his short game skills did the rest from there. Gets him back to one-under, just two shots behind.
Brooks Koepka has surged through the field
The two-time US Open champion is four-under for his round and into red figures for the tournament. Just two shots behind the leaders. Koepka and Scheffler now in their rear-view mirror. This was the eagle at the 14th that took him there:
Scottie Scheffler making a move
A chip in eagle at the par five 14th takes the Masters champion to two-under and just one shot behind the leaders.
Matt Fitzpatrick has dropped another shot with a three-putt on the par four 4th and he drops back to level par. Very disappointing given how well he was playing at the turn.
Daffue steadies himself with a par at the 16th
That was a good up and down to his credit, and he stays at three-under.
Rory McIlroy could well start with nobody in front of him
Birdie for Scheffler
Rolls in a putt for a three at the 13th and the World No 1 gets back to level par for the week.
Another dropped shot for Fitzpatrick
Got tangled up in the rough down the right of the 3rd, but at least he avoided a double bogey. His momentum has stalled and he falls back to one-under, but he does have some scoring holes between him and the clubhouse.
Despite back-to-back bogeys, he is only two off the lead because Daffue has dropped another shot at the 15th.
Things beginning to slide for the leader
Daffue’s drive at the long par four 15th dives into the right rough. Up against it to remain in the sole lead.
Fitzpatrick drops a shot
His tee shot on the brutal par three 2nd comes to rest on the front edge, 65 feet away from the back pin. His first putt ran 10 feet past and the effort for par lipped out. Back to two-under, but only two shots behind.
After all that Daffue drops a shot
He duffed a chip from the rough around the green, and made a six after that second from the hospitality tent. The lead in the US Open is now just four-under.
That Daffue shot in full
Another par in the bank for Fitzpatrick
Another fairway and green found at the 1st, but the birdie putt from 20 feet never looked likely. That’s the only part of his game that has not been sharp today. That’s one of those four tough holes out of the way.
Lead MJ Daffue has just hit a fairway wood from a hospitality tent
His second shot on the par five 14th. Made solid contact, but may have clipped a leaf. Looked like he advanced it a long way down the hole, but could be in the left rough.
Kokrak holes a tram-liner
Richard Bland is playing well
He endured a torrid week at the LIV event at Centurion last week, but finds himself one-under at the US Open.
Fitzpatrick oh so close
He thought he had that birdie putt to reach four-under, but playing that back nine in 34 is more than acceptable. The man from Sheffield needs to survive holes 1-4 on his back nine because some birdie chances follow.
The breeze is really picking up at Brookline
All in all, the draw has been pretty fair. The afternoon starters on both days have faced the slightly tougher conditions. McIlroy will face a tougher test than he did yesterday morning.
More excellence from Fitzpatrick
On the 18th, his 9th, his turns a wedge shot into the left-to-right breeze and it will leave him a birdie putt of around 11 feet. That for a front nine of 34 and to reach four-under.
Brad Faxon scathing
He doesn’t even look like Phil Mickelson, there are no smiles. He looks like a different human being – because he is.
A missed chance for Fitzpatrick at the short par four 17th
The birdie putt slips by but no harm done, and he follows it up with another thumping drive down the 18th, which is his 9th. Daffue settles for par on the 12th to stay at five-under.
Decent reply from Daffue
Feeds his approach from the right rough on the 12th to within birdie range. Chance to get back the shot he dropped on the 11th.
We’ve all done this Scottie
Viktor Hovland in a spot that only the US Open can provide
Unsurprisingly, that lie lead to a bogey on the 18th. Back to level par.
Hovland answering his short game critics at one-under
Dropped shot from Daffue
The leader really had not shot from beyond the 11th green and had to settle for a bogey four. The lead is now five-under.
Fitzpatrick made a stress-free par at the 16th, finding the green with another solid iron shot.
A rare high note this week for Tony Finau
Unforced error from Daffue
The par three 11th is only 130 yards and a gap wedge for these players, but the leader turns the toe over on that one and it flies long and left into the thick stuff.
It’s amazing how many players are making a mess of that hole. There can be something quite disconcerting about standing on a tee with a wedge. If you put the ball in the middle of a fairway and gave them the same shot, they’d probably be within 10 feet 80 per cent of the time.
Thomas gets one back
Rolls in a birdie putt at the 17th, and despite all his trials and tribulations the US PGA champion is only four shots behind the pack of players in a tie for second.
Yesterday’s leader Adam Hadwin has made two bogeys in his first four holes after starting on the 10th.
A chance goes for the leader
Daffue’s birdietry from 10 feet or so at the 10th slips by, but that is another difficult hole ticked off and the South African is finding fairways and greens.
Fitzpatrick has converted on the 15th to move to three-under for the championship. Strong response to a silly dropped shot on the short 11th.
Cracking golf from Fitzpatrick
He is not thought of as one of the longer hitters, but he reduces the 500-yard 15th to a drive and a wedge after crushing his tee shot right down the middle. His approach dances around the hole, leaving a birdie chance from five to six feet. Good chance to get under par for the day.
His ball speed on that drive was faster than playing partner Dustin Johnson’s.
Justin Thomas has gone backwards fast
Two sixes on his card after seven holes and he has tumbled back to two-over. While the pair are good pals, you would have to say that’s a boost for McIlroy’s chances.
MJ Daffue has reached the turn
He holed a nice par putt to save a four at the 9th, and looks to have found the right side of the fairway at the tough 10th.
Fitzpatrick and Johnson have both hit fine tee shots at the 500-yard par four 15th. The Englishman unchanged at two-under with Johnson one who further back.
That’s all from me
Dan Zeqiri will be your guide for the rest of the round – enjoy!
There are only seven golfers worse off than Mickelson
At the moment – and clearly I’m not talking about bank balances…
‘Lefty’ is at nine-over having bogeyed the par-four 13th. He was in the perfect position off the tee, he hit a decent enough approach just short of the green, but from there he woefully underhits his first putt and two-putts from there.
How Duffue went to six-under
Duffue now leads by three!
That because overnight leader Adam Hadwin has bogeyed the par-three 11th to fall back to three-under. He hit his tee shot to within 28 feet but three putts from there. He’s not the first, and won’t be the last, man to three-putt 11 today.
Fitzpatrick back to two-under
The Englishman hits a wonderful approach from the first cut at the 12th, that checks and leaves him with a three-footer for birdie – he makes no mistake and is where he started the day. Playing partner DJ pars and stays on the same number as Fitzpatrick.
The world No 296 has only gone and birdied another – his fifth in seven holes. He’s putted from off the green at the seventh after a poor, short approach and now leads by two on six-under.
Hovland is two-under through four
And at two-under for the tournament.
Woe for JT
Holes 10-14 are tough holes to start on and very likeable Justin Thomas currently two-over for the stretch. He opened with a double bogey on the 10th, and followed that up with a bogey at the short 11th – yet more proof that you don’t need to make par-threes a zillion yards long to make them tough. He’s, however, just got a shot back with a birdie at the 13th – thanks to this long putt – and he’s currently on one-over.
Daffue is loving it out there at the moment
He’s just popped in another birdie – his fourth of the round – at the fifth. He stiffed his approach to within six feet and rolled in the putt for the sole lead at five-under.
Bogey for Fitzpatrick
It comes at the delightful short par-three 11th. He’s on the green in regulation but a three-putt moves him back to one-under.
Playing partner Dustin Johnson doesn’t come a cropper at the same 122-yard hole and he stays at two-under.
Shane Lowry starts with a birdie
At the par-four 10th – that’s a great way to start and it gets him back to one-over.
His playing partners, the rebels Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson, were 15-over between them yesterday, sometimes that can interfere with your round. Let’s hope that’s not the case today.
Oosthuizen and Mickelson both parred the 10th and stay at seven and eight over respectively.
Matt Fitzpatrick’s second round is under way
And he’s opened up with a regulation par at the 10th – on the green in two and a stress-free two putt. He stays at two-under.
So close for Sam Burns
The American, currently on one-under, nearly aced the par-three second.
Daffue is a yo-yo
That’s because he’s back to four-under – a birdie came at the fourth after his drive found the fairway, his approach left him with a nine foot putt and the South African sunk that to rejoin Hadwin at the top of the leaderboard.
Daffue is back to three-under
He was on the green at the par-three second in regulation but a three-putt (ouch) means he drops a shot.
NJ Daffue joins Hadwin at the top of the leaderboard
The South African has opened his second round with a birdie and moves to four-under.
Today’s pin positions
Rory McIlroy off to a fast start
After months, weeks, days, hours of incessant debate about the rights and wrongs of the Saudi rebel series some actual golf broke out on Thursday, and it was a round packed with enough action for people to forget, momentarily, that the sport is engulfed in civil war.
Over the past few weeks Rory McIlroy has emerged as the face of the anti-LIV Golf faction and yesterday two tantrums, four birdies and just the solitary bogey again illustrated that if it’s pure box office you want the Northern Irishman and, by extension, the PGA Tour still has it in spades. It’s the second major running the world No 3 has started well and after a three-under 67 he lies just one back of first-round leader Adam Hadwin.
McIlroy is without a major since 2014 and is focused on ending the drought at Brookline.
“It’s been eight years since I won a major, and I just want to get my hands on one again,” he said after his round.
For so long it was his performances in the first rounds of majors that hampered him. Now for the second major running McIlroy is prominent on the leaderboard after 18 holes. But he’ll know as much as anyone that with 54 holes to go he still has much to do, and after the US PGA Championship a month ago, when he fired a first round 65 but finished back in eighth, the four-time major winner knows he has it all to do to win No.5.
McIlroy is in a five-way tie for second, with Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose two of seven on two-under.
One name prominent on the leaderboard but not known to many is Callum Tarren. The 31-year-old from Darlington shocked himself by shooting the same score as McIlroy. Having playing on the China Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour in the US he isn’t known to many in the UK but another round like the 67 from yesterday will make people sit up and take notice.
“I’m kind of pinching myself,” he said, after his his fine opening 18 holes.
Of the rebel golfers Dustin Johnson was the most impressive, the American shooting a two-under 68. For the most prominent LIV golfer, Phil Mickelson, it was a day to forget. The six-time major winner shooting a forgetful eight-over 78.
He’s among the early starters so stay here for all the day’s action.