Second-Round Notes – Friday, June16, 2017
Weather: Cloudy with periods of sunshine. Temperatures in the mid-80s. SW wind at 8-14 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
66 professionals and two amateurs at 1-over 145 from a field of 142 professionals and 14 amateurs made the cut.
Most players tied for the lead through 36 holes: 6 (Pebble Beach, 1972).
The lowest 36-hole cut in U.S. Open history occurred in 2003 at Olympia Fields when 143 (+3) was the score required to advance to the weekend. This week’s cut at 1-over matched the lowest at the U.S. Open in relation to par (1990, Medinah).
Paul Casey 137 (-7)
Brian Harman 137 (-7)
Tommy Fleetwood 137 (-7)
Brooks Koepka 137 (-7)
Jamie Lovemark 138 (-6)
Rickie Fowler 138 (-6)
J.B. Holmes 138 (-6)
The last six major champions are first time winners of major championships (Sergio Garcia/2017 Masters, Jimmy Walker/2016 PGA, Henrik Stenson/2016 The Open, Dustin Johnson/2016/U.S. Open, Danny Willet/2016 Masters, Jason Day/2015 PGA).
Major Championship Starts (counting this week) among Top 23 (3-under or better) on Leaderboard
The top 23 players on the leaderboard account for three Major Championship victories in 476 overall starts. Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship. 2014 U.S. Open) and Sergio Garcia (2017 Masters), both T19 at 3-under, are the major champions on this list.
Paul Casey 53 (T3 – 2010 The Open)
Brian Harman 8 (T26 – 2014 The Open)
Tommy Fleetwood 8 (T27 – 2015 U.S. Open)
Brooks Koepka 15 (T4 – 2014 U.S. Open, 2016 PGA)
Jamie Lovemark 4 (T18 – 2015 U.S. Open)
Rickie Fowler 30 (T2 – 2014 U.S. Open, The Open)
J.B. Holmes 28 (3rd – 2016 The Open)
Si Woo Kim 3 (MC – 2016 PGA, 2017 Masters)
Xander Schauffele 1 (first major appearance)
Cameron Champ (a) 1 (first major appearance)
Brandt Snedeker 39 (T3 – 2008 Masters, 2012 The Open)
Hideki Matsuyama 19 (T4 – 2016 PGA)
Brendan Steele 11 (T12 – 2015 PGA)
Marc Leishman 23 (T2 – 2015 The Open)
Harris English 14 (T15 – 2013 The Open)
Bill Haas 31 (T9 – 2016 The Open)
Charley Hoffman 24 (T9 – 2015 Masters)
Chez Reavie 11 (T45 – 2011 U.S. Open)
William McGirt 6 (T10 – 2016 PGA)
Russell Henley 18 (T11 – 2017 Masters)
Sergio Garcia 75 (Won – 2017 Masters)
Bernd Wiesberger 16 (T15 – 2014 PGA)
Martin Kaymer 38 (2 Wins – 2010 PGA, 2014 U.S. Open)
For the first time since 1986 when the ranking began, the top three players in the Official World Golf Ranking missed the cut in the same major championship. Here’s a look at the results of the top 10 players in the ranking;
Dustin Johnson MC
Rory McIlroy MC
Jason Day MC
Hideki Matsuyama T8
Jordan Spieth T43
Henrik Stenson MC
Sergio Garcia T19
Alex Noren MC
Rickie Fowler T5
Jon Rahm MC
Paul Casey’s 1-under 71 in the second round included a triple bogey 8 at the par-5 14th hole. With a bogey at No. 15, Casey sat 4-over through six holes for the round before reeling off five straight birdies (holes 17-3) and closing with six consecutive pars.
Casey’s 137 (-7) 36-hole total betters his previous-best through 36 holes at the U.S. Open by four strokes (72-69—141, Chambers Bay, 2015).
Casey’s previous-best position through 36 holes at the U.S. Open was 6th in 2010, when he eventually finished T40.
Casey also shot 137 after 36 holes at the 2015 Masters to sit T3 headed into the weekend, eventually finishing T6.
Casey has held three 36-hole leads/co-leads on the PGA TOUR. He went on to win the 2009 Shell Houston Open after sharing the 36-hole lead. At the 2007 Safeway Open he finished T7 after leading at the halfway point. In 2014, he finished T13 at the Memorial Tournament while holding the 36-hole lead earlier that week.
Casey is seeking his second top-10 finish in his 14th U.S. Open appearance. His lone top-10 (T10) came in 2007, one of seven cuts he’s made in this event.
This week marks Casey’s 53rd start in a major championship. A T3 at The Open Championship in 2007 is his best result at any major. Casey finished sixth at the Masters this year, five back of winner Sergio Garcia.
In 15 starts this season, Casey has recorded 10 top-25s with his best showing coming at the Safeway Open (T3). He is currently No. 26 in the FedExCup standings, seeking to improve on his career-best fifth-place finish a year ago.
At the 2009 Shell Houston Open, Casey defeated J.B. Holmes in a playoff for his only PGA TOUR win. After 54 holes, he was in a six-way tie for the lead and carded a final-round 72 to force overtime. Casey also has 13 victories on the European Tour, the most recent coming at the 2014 KLM Open.
Savannah, Georgia native Brian Harman posted a 2-under 70 to share the lead through 36 holes in his third U.S. Open appearance. This marks the first 36-hole lead/co-lead for Harman on the PGA TOUR.
Harman, 30, recently claimed his second career PGA TOUR win with victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in May with birdies at the final two holes to win by a stroke at 10-under 278 over Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. Harman is also the winner of the 2014 John Deere Classic.
Harman was the first left-handed winner of the Wells Fargo Championship and first left-hander to win on the PGA TOUR since Greg Chalmers at the 2016 Barracuda Championship. No left-hander has won the U.S. Open, the only major championship without a left-handed winner.
Harman is making his third start at the U.S. Open, with missed cuts in both previous starts in 2012 (77-72) and 2015 (69-79).
This is Harman’s 20th start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. He owns five top-10 results and 10 top-25 finishes, matching his career-high 10 top-25s last season. His most recent top-10 was T7 at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood posted a 2-under 70 to share the lead in his second U.S. Open appearance. Fleetwood finished T27 with rounds of 74-69-73-69 in his only other U.S. Open start in 2015.
This is the first time in 19 career starts on the PGA TOUR that Fleetwood has held a lead/co-lead after any round.
This is the eighth appearance in a major championship for Fleetwood. Before today, his T27 finish in the 2015 U.S. Open was the only time he had advanced to the weekend at any major championship.
The two-time European Tour winner claimed his most recent title earlier this year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Fleetwood’s best showing in 18 previous starts on the PGA TOUR was T2 at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship earlier this year. Before that, he was T5 at the 2015 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (T5) when he lost to countryman Danny Willett in the quarterfinals.
After opening with a 6-over 78 in the first round of this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Fleetwood posted rounds of 66-70-68 to finish T10. In need of just four non-member FedExCup points to qualify for Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR, Fleetwood easily achieved the points and earned Special Temporary Membership. He currently has 415 non-member FedExCup points.
Starting on the back nine, Brooks Koepka went out in 4-under 32 before making his first bogey of the day at the par-5 first hole. He added another at the par-3 6th hole to come home in 38 for a 2-under 70.
Koepka is making his fifth appearance at the U.S. Open. After missing the cut in his first start in 2012, he was T4 in 2014, T18 in 2015 and T13 last year.
Koepka’s lead marks his third second-round lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. Both previous times he led through 36 holes Koepka eventually finished T3.
2013 Safeway Open
2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic
2017 U.S. Open
Koepka sat T5 at the halfway stage on the 2014 U.S. Open before finishing T4.
This week is Koepka’s 15th major championship appearance. He missed the cut in his first two major championship starts, the U.S. Open in 2012 and The Open in 2013. Since then, Koepka has made the cut in 13 consecutive major championships.
Koepka owns four top-10 finishes in major championships (T4-2016 PGA, T4-2014 U.S. Open, T5-2015 PGA, T10-2015 The Open).
En route to his lone PGA TOUR victory, Koepka came from three strokes back to win the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open by one shot. This year’s runner-up finish at the Valero Texas Open marked Koepka’s fourth runner-up finish on TOUR (2016 AT&T Byron Nelson, 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic, 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 2017 Valero Texas Open).
In September last year, Koepka made his first-ever start at the Ryder Cup, going 3-1 in his four matches in the United States’ 17-11 victory at Hazeltine, including a dominating 5&4 singles victory over former Masters champion Danny Willet. His three-point total (tied with Brandt Snedeker) was second only to Patrick Reed’s 3 ½ points.
Second-Round Statistics at the U.S. Open
Number of times the second-round leader/co-leader at the U.S. Open has gone on to win: 40.
Lowest second-round score: Vijay Singh (7-under 63/2003/Olympia Fields).
Lowest score to lead field after 36 holes: 130 (Martin Kaymer/2014/Pinehurst No. 2).
Highest score to lead field after 36 holes (since World War II): 144, nine players.
Largest 36-hole lead: 6 strokes (Tiger Woods/2000/Pebble Beach, Rory McIlroy/2011/Congressional, Martin Kaymer/2014/Pinehurst No. 2).
The largest come-from-behind victory at the U.S. Open in the final 36 holes was recorded by Lou Graham in 1975 at Medinah. He was 11 strokes behind 36-hole leader Tom Watson before storming back to win.
On the PGA TOUR this season, the second-round leader/co-leader has won 14 times in 30 stroke-play events, most recently Jason Dufner at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
Making his ninth U.S. Open appearance, Rickie Fowler reached 9-under through 25 holes and posted his first bogey of the week at his 29th hole. The bogey started a run of three-in-a-row (holes11-13) before Fowler salvaged the round, closing with five pars for a 1-over 73.
Fowler’s opening-round 65 was his record low at any major championship. He previously posted 66 at the 2014 PGA Championship and The Open Championship in 2015.
Fowler’s best positions at the halfway stage in major championships;
Year Position thru 36 Tournament
2014 T14 U.S. Open
Fowler owns two top-10 results in eight previous starts in the U.S. Open. He was T10 in 2013 and runner-up to Martin Kaymer at Pinehurst in 2014, the same year he recorded top-5 finishes in each of the four major championships, becoming the first player to perform that feat since Tiger Woods did so in 2005.
This marks Fowler’s 30th major championship appearance. He’s posted six top-10 results in 29 major starts.
Heading in to the U.S. Open, Fowler was one of just three players with a season scoring average below 69.50 (Sergio Garcia – 69.304, Jordan Spieth – 69.411, Rickie Fowler – 69.419). In advance of this week Fowler was ranked No. 1 in three statistical categories for this season – Total Driving (58), Sand Saves (72.37%) and All Around (197).
In February, Fowler won The Honda Classic for his fourth PGA TOUR title (212 Wells Fargo Championship, 2015 THE PLAYERS, 2015 Dell Technologies Championship, 2017 The Honda Classic). He also owns two European Tour wins (2015 Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open, 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Classic).
In 12 starts this season, Fowler recorded his fifth top-10 of the season earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide when he tied for second, three strokes behind Jason Dufner. He missed the cut at last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Fowler began this week at No. 8 in the FedExCup standings and No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Going into the week, Fowler was sixth in the Presidents Cup US Team points standings and is on track to qualify for his second Presidents Cup. He went 1-3-1 for the US Team in 2015 in Korea.
Jamie Lovemark posted a pair of 69s to sit T5 through 36 holes. In his only previous U.S. Open appearance, Lovemark shot 70-68 to sit ninth through 36 holes at Chambers Bay in 2015, eventually finishing T18.
This is Lovemark’s fourth major championship appearance. After the T18 at the 2015 U.S. Open he missed the cut at The Open Championship and PGA Championship last year.
Lovemark owns three top-10s in 19 starts this season, the most recent coming in his last start at the Memorial Tournament (T10). He was also T4 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and T6 at The RSM Classic.
Lovemark is seeking his first PGA TOUR win in his 111th career start this week. He owns two runner-up finishes, both after playoff defeats (2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 2009 Safeway Open).
J.B. Holmes shot a pair of 69s to sit T5 through 36 holes. Before this week, Holmes owned three sub-70 scores in 22 rounds in the U.S. Open with all three coming in the second round.
Holmes, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is in search of his first win since the 2015 Shell Houston Open.
Holmes is making his eighth start in the U.S. Open this week. Of the four 36-hole cuts he had previously made in this event, the T17 finish in 2014 is his best result.
This is Holmes best position through 36 holes at the U.S. Open. He sat ninth at the halfway stage in 2015.
Holmes is making his 16th start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week, with a T5 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans his lone top-10 showing. In the two-man team event at TPC Louisiana, he partnered with Bubba Watson.
En route to a 30th-place finish on last year’s FedExCup points list, Holmes recorded four top-five showings.
Si Woo Kim
Despite a bogey at his final hole (the 153-yard par-3 9th, the shortest hole on the course) when he failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, Si Woo Kim fired 2-under 70 to sit 5-under through 36 holes. His only other bogey came at the 12th hole and three of his four birdies occurred consecutively (holes 17-1).
Kim, making his 64th PGA TOUR start and first appearance at the U.S. Open, missed the cut in the only two major championships he has previously contested – the 2016 PGA Championship and this year’s Masters Tournament.
Kim won this year’s THE PLAYERS Championship to earn his second career PGA TOUR victory in his 61st PGA TOUR start. His maiden win came at the 2016 Wyndham Championship.
At the age of 21 years, 10 months, 16 days, Kim is the youngest winner of THE PLAYERS Championship. Adam Scott was 23 years, 8 months, 12 days when he won in 2004.
Kim is seeking to join Martin Kaymer (2014) as the only PLAYERS champion to win the U.S. Open in the same year as his victory at TPC Sawgrass. With a win this week, Kim would become the fifth player to win THE PLAYERS and a major championship in the same year; Jack Nicklaus, 1978 (Open Championship), Hal Sutton, 1983 (PGA Championship), Tiger Woods, 2001 (Masters), Martin Kaymer, 2014 (U.S. Open).
Kim is the fourth-youngest player to win twice on the PGA TOUR in the last 25 years:
1996 Tiger Woods 20 years, 9 months, 6 days
2001 Sergio Garcia 21 years, 5 months, 15 days
2015 Jordan Spieth 21 years, 7 months, 16 days
2017 Si Woo Kim 21 years, 10 months, 16 days
Kim has a mixed bag of results this season on TOUR with eight missed cuts and five WDs. Along with his victory at THE PLAYERS, his only other top-10 showing was a T10 in his season-starter at the CIMB Classic.
Kim currently sits No. 25 on the FedExCup standings. Last season, Kim was one of two PGA TOUR rookies to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship. He ended the season at No. 17 in the FedExCup.
Kim is No. 7 in the International Presidents Cup team standings and No. 32 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Kim is one of eight Korean-born players to win on the PGA TOUR and the fifth with multiple victories: K.J. Choi (8), Y.E. Yang (2), Sangmoon Bae (2), James Hahn (2), Si Woo Kim (2), Kevin Na (1), Seung-Yul Noh (1), Danny Lee (1).
Si Woo Kim will turn 22 on June 28 this year. A player of Korean-descent in their 20s has won on the PGA TOUR each of the last six seasons:
Anthony Kim – (2010 Shell Houston Open/24 years, 9 months, 16 days)
Kevin Na – (2011 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/28 years, 17 days)
John Huh – (2012 OHL Classic at Mayakoba/21 years, 9 months, 5 days)
Sangmoon Bae – (2013 AT&T Byron Nelson/26 years, 10 months, 29 days)
Seung-Yul Noh – (2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans/22 years, 10 months, 29 days)
Sangmoon Bae – (2014 Safeway Open/28 years, 3 months, 21 days)
Danny Lee – (2015 The Greenbrier Classic/24 years, 11 months, 11 days)
Si Woo Kim – (2016 Wyndham Championship/21 years, 1 month, 24 days)
Si Woo Kim – (2017 PLAYERS Championship)/21 years, 10 months, 16 days)
Kim remains the youngest player to graduate from PGA TOUR Q-School. He finished T20 at the 2012 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament at PGA West in Palm Springs at the age of 17 years, 5 months, 6 days. Kim’s rookie season on the PGA TOUR was in 2013, but only made eight starts because he did not turn 18 until June 28. Kim returned back to Web.com Tour until he locked up his PGA TOUR Card for the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season by finishing 23rd on the 2015 Web.com Tour priority list.
Kim won the 2015 Stonebrae Classic on the Web.com Tour.
Xander Schauffele backed up a first-round 66 with 1-over 73 in round two. The 23-year-old was tied for the lead at 7-under early in the round but was derailed by a double bogey at the par-3 13th hole.
Schauffele is making his first start in a major championship after shooting 64-71 and surviving a five-man playoff for the final two spots in the Memphis sectional qualifier.
Schauffele is seeking to become the first player since Francis Ouimet in 2013 to win the U.S. Open in his first attempt. He’s also looking to join Ouimet, Ben Curtis (2003/The Open Championship) and Keegan Bradley (2011/PGA Championship) as a title winner in his first major championship appearance.
Schauffele advanced to the PGA TOUR this season after finishing 45th in the priority ranking of the Web.com Tour. The former San Diego State golfer finished T5 at the Sanderson Farms Championship in his second start as a TOUR member. His only other top-20 finish this season was at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, when he paired with Tag Ridings in the two-man team event to finish T11.
Schauffele’s best results on the Web.com Tour came in back-to-back weeks in July last year when he finished third at the Utah Championship and followed with a T3 at the Ellie Mae Classic the next week.
Schauffele’s mother is from Chinese Taipei (but grew up in Japan) and his father is half French and German.
Hideki Matsuyama shot 7-under 65 in the second round, narrowly missing a birdie putt from four feet on the final hole which would have matched the low round, in relation to par, in the championship.
Lowest Score, Any Round
63 (-8), Johnny Miller, R4, Oakmont, 1973
Lowest Score, Second Round
63 (-7), Vijay Singh, Olympia Fields, 2003
Matsuyama has been at the top, or near the top, of the FedExCup standings this season and currently lies third behind leader Dustin Johnson and No. 2 Justin Thomas.
Matsuyama is making his fifth appearance at the U.S. Open, with a T10 in his first start in 2013 his best result.
Matsuyama owns at least one top-10 result in each of the four major championships (T4-2016 PGA, 5-2015 Masters, T6-2013 The Open, T7-2016 Masters, T10-2013 U.S. Open).
Current Masters champion Sergio Garcia (T19) contested his first U.S. Open in 2000 and is making his 18th consecutive U.S. Open start this week, with a T5 finish last year one of five top-10 results. Garcia’s best finish was T3 in 2005 but he followed that result with his only two missed cuts in the event in 2006 and 2007.
Garcia is attempting to become the fourth player to win two majors in the same year since 2008: Jordan Spieth (2015 Masters Tournament and U.S. Open), Rory McIlroy (2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship), Padraig Harrington (2008 British Open and PGA Championship).
Garcia is seeking to become the 17th player to win the Masters and U.S. Open during their careers, with six players performing the feat in the same season (designated with an *):
Gene Sarazen 1922, 1932 U.S. Open; 1935 Masters
Byron Nelson 1939 U.S. Open; 1937, 1942 Masters
Ralph Guldahl 1937, 1938 U.S. Open; 1939 Masters
*Craig Wood 1941 U.S. Open; 1941 Masters
*Ben Hogan 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953 U.S. Open; 1951, 1953 Masters
Cary Middlecoff 1949, 1956 U.S. Open; 1955 Masters
*Arnold Palmer 1960 U.S. Open; 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 Masters
Billy Casper 1959, 1966 U.S. Open; 1970 Masters
*Jack Nicklaus 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 U.S. Open; 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986 Masters
Gary Player 1965 U.S. Open; 1961, 1974, 1978 Masters
Tom Watson 1982 U.S. Open; 1977, 1981 Masters
Fuzzy Zoeller 1984 U.S. Open; 1979 Masters
Raymond Floyd 1986 U.S. Open; 1976 Masters
*Tiger Woods 2000, 2002, 2008 U.S. Open; 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 Masters
Angel Cabrera 2007 U.S. Open; 2009 Masters
*Jordan Spieth 2015 Masters, 2015 U.S. Open
Additional player notes
Chex Reavie improved 10 shots on his first round with a second-round 7-under 65, marking the first time in 14 rounds at the U.S. Open that Reavie posted a sub-70 round.
Fourteen amateur participants teed it up in the 2017 U.S. Open and two – Cameron Champ (T8) and Scottie Scheffler (T33) – made the cut. In 2015, 16 amateurs were in the field and six advanced to the weekend. The U.S. Open has had eight amateur winners (5 players): Francis Ouimet (1913), Jerome D. Travers (1915), Charles Evans Jr. (1916), Robert T. Jones Jr. (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), John Goodman (1933). The last amateur to finish inside the top 15 was Spencer Levin (T13) in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills.
2011 FedExCup champion Bill Haas shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 to follow his even-par 72 and sit T13 at 4-under through 36 holes. Friday’s 68 is Haas’ third sub-70 round in 26 career rounds at the U.S. Open and his first bogey-free effort in the championship (68/R2/2017, 69/R2/2016, 68/R3/2011). Although Haas has made 22 cuts in 30 major championship appearances, his lone top-10 result is T9 at last year’s Open Championship. Haas’ best result in eight starts in the U.S. Open is T23 in 2011.
Ernie Els (T24) advanced to the weekend in his 25th consecutive appearance at the U.S. Open. Els, with wins in 1994 and 1997 among his 10 top 10s, is seeking to become the seventh player with at least three U.S. Open wins (4 – Willie Anderson, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus; 3 – Hale Irwin, Tiger Woods).
Wisconsin native and U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Steve Stricker qualified for his 20th U.S. Open, a week ahead of competing and hosting the American Family Insurance Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions event outside Madison. Stricker, who finished fifth in both 1998 and 1999, shot 73-72 to make the cut for the 18th time in 20 appearances.
Having led the FedExCup the last 12 weeks and 23 total weeks in his career, Dustin Johnson (MC) is now third in all-time weeks leading the FedExCup behind Tiger Woods (85 weeks) and Jimmy Walker (48 weeks). Two players have a chance to surpass Johnson with a win at the U.S. Open: No. 2 Justin Thomas (T24) and No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama (T8).
Eleven past U.S. Open champions (12 wins) are in the field: Dustin Johnson (MC/2016), Jordan Spieth (T43/2015), Martin Kaymer (T19/2014), Justin Rose (MC/2013), Webb Simpson (T55/2012), Rory McIlroy (MC/2011), Graeme McDowell (MC/2010), Lucas Glover (MC/2009), Angel Cabrera (MC/2007), Jim Furyk (T43/2003), Ernie Els (T24/1994, 1997).
Erin Hills Notes
The par-72 Erin Hills measured 7,845 yards during Thursday’s opening round, the longest course in tournament history. At 7,839 yards in the second round, Erin Hills is also the second-longest course in U.S. Open history. The previous-longest layout for the U.S. Open was 7,695 yards in the second round of 2015 championship at Chambers Bay.
The par-5 18th hole measured 676 yards in the second round, making it the second-longest hole in tournament history. The 12th hole at Oakmont last year measured 684 yards in the first round.
Erin Hills is the first par-72 setup in a U.S. Open since 1992 when Pebble Beach Golf Links hosted and ninth since World War II.
Erin Hills is the third course in the last decade to host a U.S. Open for the first time (Torrey Pines/2008/won by Tiger Woods, Chambers Bay/2015/won by Jordan Spieth)
Round 1 – Rickie Fowler (65), Xander Schauffele (66), Brian Harman (67), Tommy Fleetwood (67).
Round 2 – Hideki Matsuyama (65), Bill Haas (68), Kevin Chappell (70).
Scoring Averages at the par-70 Oakmont Country Club:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Round 1 36.897 36.487 73.385 —
Round 2 36.535 36.690 73.226 73.305
The par-4 fourth hole played the most difficult during round two, yielding a 4.284 average. The par-5 seventh hole was the easiest at 4.600.
England’s Danny Willett withdrew due to a back injury before starting the second round.