Second-Round at 2018 U.S. Open- Dustin Johnson Lights Out

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Dustin Johnson
Weather: Morning showers turning into a mixture of clouds and sun in the afternoon. High of 65. Wind N 8-12 mph.
Second-Round Leaderboard
Dustin Johnson                  69-67—136 (-4)
Scott Piercy                        69-71—140 (E)
Charley Hoffman               71-69—140 (E)
Tommy Fleetwood            75-66—141 (+1)
Henrik Stenson                  71-70—141 (+1)
Justin Rose                         71-70—141 (+1)
Brooks Koepka                   75-66—141 (+1)
Ian Poulter                         69-72—141 (+1)
36-Hole Cut
64 professionals and 3 amateurs made the cut at 8-over 148.
Seven Things to Know
  • Dustin Johnson’s 4-stroke lead is the largest at the midway point of the U.S. Open since Martin Kaymer led by 6 in 2014
  • Making his 20th U.S. Open start, Tiger Woods missed the cut in his first start at the U.S. Open since 2015
  • Defending champion Brooks Koepka cards second-round 4-under 66 to move into contention
  • 8-over 148 marks the highest cut on TOUR since the 2013 Open Championship (8-over 150) and 2013 U.S. Open (8-over 148)
  • Notable missed cuts: Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
  • Three of the 20 amateurs in the field made the cut: Will Grimmer (+5), Matt Parziale (+7), Luis Gagne (+7)
  • Four players celebrated birthdays Friday but unfortunately none made the cut: Lanto Griffin (73), Richie Ramsey (76), Ollie Schniederjans (76), Michael Block (78).
Second-Round U.S. Open Lead Notes
41          Second-round leaders/co-leaders at the U.S. Open to win (most recent Brooks Koepka in 2017)
9/31       Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win on TOUR in 2017-18 (most recent Dustin Johnson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic)
6            Largest 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open (Tiger Woods/2000, Rory McIlroy/2011, Martin Kaymer/2014)
4            Largest 36-hole lead by a player who did not go on to win (Tom McNamara/1909)
11          Best come-from-behind win in the final 36 holes (Lou Graham/1975)
Dustin Johnson (-4/1)
Age: 33 (June 22, 1984)
Joined TOUR: 2008
Entering this week
#2          FedExCup
#1          OWGR
232        PGA TOUR starts
10          Starts at the U.S. Open (Win/2016)
11          PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
7            Top-10s in 2017-18 (Won – Sentry Tournament of Champions, FedEx St. Jude Classic)
Wins (18); has at least one win in each of his first 11 PGA TOUR seasons (2008-active)
  • Seeking to become the first player to win a PGA TOUR event (FedEx St. Jude Classic) and the U.S. Open the following week.
  • Largest 36-hole leads at the U.S. Open (6/Tiger Woods/2000/won; 6/Rory McIlroy/2011/won; 6/Martin Kaymer/2014/won; 5/Willie Anderson/1903/won; 4/Tom McNamara/1909/2nd; 4/James Barnes/1921/won; 4/Dustin Johnson/2018/TBD).
  • Has been 4-under 136 through 36 holes in three of the last four U.S. Opens (2015/T2, 2016/Won, 2018/TBD).
  • Has now held the second-round lead/co-lead 16 times on TOUR, going on to win 8 times (most recent at FedEx St. Jude Classic).
  • Has now led after the second round 3 times in major championships (2015 Open Championship/T49, 2016 U.S. Open/won).
  • Seeking to notch the 18th win by a player holding at least a share of the lead after each round at the U.S. Open
  • Hoping to become the 22nd multiple winner of the U.S. Open
  • 4-stroke 36-hole lead is the second-largest of the season (5/Webb Simpson/THE PLAYERS)
  • One of 6 multiple winners on TOUR this season.
  • A win would mark the third consecutive season with 3 or more victories on TOUR (2/2017-18, 4/2016-17, 3/2015-16).
Additional Player Notes
Tiger Woods (+10/MC)
  • Making his 20th start at the U.S. Open, posted rounds of 78-72 to finish 10-over 150.
  • Failed to advance to the weekend for just the third time at the U.S. Open (WD/1995, MC/2006, MC/2015)
Scott Piercy (T2)
  • At even-par 140, makes the cut in a major championship for the first time since finishing T2 at the 2016 U.S. Open.
  • T2 in 2016 represents his best finish in six previous starts at the U.S. Open.
  • Teamed with Billy Horschel to win the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his fourth PGA TOUR victory.
  • First alternate out of the Memphis, Tennessee qualifier and added to the field on Monday.
Charley Hoffman (T2)
  • In search of back-to-back top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open, having finished eighth in 2017.
  • Second-round 1-under 69 marked just his third sub-70 score in 24 U.S. Open rounds (R4/2011, R3/2017, R2/2018).
  • Making his 28th major championship start, with four of his five career top-25 finishes in majors coming in his last five starts.
  • Best finish in a major is 8th at the 2017 U.S. Open.
Tommy Fleetwood (T4)
  • Making third start at the U.S. Open (T27/2015, 4/2017).
  • After missing the cut in six of his first seven major championship starts, has since reeled off five straight made cuts, led by his fourth-place finish at the 2017 U.S. Open.
Henrik Stenson (T4)
  • Making 12th start at the U.S. Open, led by top-10 finishes in 2014 (T4) and 2009 (9).
  • Has five top-15 finishes in his last seven major championship starts, beginning with his win at the 2016 Open Championship and most recently a T5 finish at the 2018 Masters.
Justin Rose (T4)
  • Making his 13th start at the U.S. Open with a win in 2013 the best of his three top-10 finishes.
  • Hoping to become the 22nd multiple winner of the U.S. Open.
  • Seeking third win of the season (World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Fort Worth Invitational).
Brooks Koepka (T4)
  • Second-round 4-under 66 moves him within reach of becoming the first player to win back-to-back U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 (The Country Club in Brookline) and 1989 (Oak Hill).
  • Previous-best score at the U.S. Open was 67, posted in the first- and final-round en route to winning in 2017.
Ian Poulter (T4)
  • First-round co-leader was within one of Dustin Johnson’s lead until a triple-bogey 7 on his 17th hole (No. 8).
  • Making his 13th start at the U.S. Open with a T12 in 2006 his best finish.
  • Hoping to become the seventh multiple winner of the season (Houston Open).
  • Wins on the PGA TOUR (3): 2010 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions, 2018 Houston Open
Justin Thomas (T14)
  • FedExCup leader enters weekend nine behind Dustin Johnson in his fourth U.S. Open start (MC/2014, 32/2016, 9/2017).
  • Is in search of his ninth PGA TOUR victory (and third of the season).
Patrick Reed (T26)
  • Nine behind Dustin Johnson as he seeks to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year.
  • Six players (seven times) have performed the feat in the past, with Jordan Spieth (2015) the latest to do so.
Phil Mickelson (T35)
  • Posted a 1-under 69 in his 100th round at the U.S. Open (27 starts).
  • Marks his 19th round in the 60s at the U.S. Open.
  • Makes the cut for the 24th time in 27 starts at the U.S. Open.
  • A six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, with four of those coming in New York (including in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills).
Steve Stricker (T58)
  • Makes the cut for the 27th consecutive time in a major championship (last missed cut came at the 2009 PGA Championship).
Jordan Spieth (+9/MC)
  • One day after posting his highest score in 22 major championship starts (78), bounced back with a 1-over 71.
  • Missed the cut in a major for the first time since the 2014 PGA Championship and just the fourth time in 22 starts.
Rory McIlroy (+10/MC)
  • Five of eight missed cuts in major championships (38 appearances) have come at the U.S. Open, including the last three years.
Course Statistics
Toughest Hole                  
R1: par-4 14th (4.814)
R2: par-4 3rd (4.641)
Easiest Hole
R1: par-5 5th (4.686)
R2: par-5 5th (4.878)
Yardages
R1: 7,448 yards
R2: 7,402 yards
Scoring Averages
              Front 9                 Back 9                  Total                    Cumulative
R1:         37.699                  38.776                  76.474                  —
R2:         37.000                  36.596                  73.596                  75.035
Bogey-free rounds
R1: None
R2: None