Johnson maintains U.S. Open lead through two rounds

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Second round play concluded Saturday afternoon and Dustin Johnson remained the leader at the U.S. Open. In fact, three of the top-six players will not hit a shot until late Saturday afternoon.

Perhaps the biggest seesaw was that of Andrew Landry. He told himself he was not hitting any bad shots, but he started his round with a 4-over par front-nine bringing him back to even par for the tournament.

His back-nine fell more in line with how he played Thursday as he birdied three holes including 17 and 18 to end his round.

“I feel very comfortable,” Landry said. “I feel like this golf course suits me very well. I can just get out there and play my game. I’m not the player that’s going to go out and shoot 28 under par. I’ve never been that guy, so I’m always the guy that’s going to kind of just dink it around right there and make pars and throw in a couple birdies.”

Lee Westwood may have had the most roller coaster round of the day. He started quickly with a birdie on the par-4 first hole and then recovered from his approach shot spinning off the green some 30-feet from the flag a hole later for a par. After a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole placed him at 5-under par, Westwood appeared to be making a strong claim for his first Major Tournament win.

His round sputtered soon after with bogeys on 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 14 which turned his lead into a larger deficit. Westwood did rally to birdie 16 and 18 which has him in a tie for seventh place at -1.

“I didn’t hit the ball very well,” said Westwood. “I struggled on the range this morning to find my swing and really couldn’t find it all day today on the golf course until the last hole. I feel like I got a little feeling there. Maybe I’ll find it for the third round. It was a professional round of 72. The mistakes I made weren’t killers, weren’t disastrous. They were only bogeys, and then I finished strongly with two birdies on the last three holes.”

In the early stages of his round, Gregory Bourdy was at 2-over par and looking to jump start his day. That came when he birdied the par-4 fifth hole and par-3 sixth hole before birding the par-4 ninth hole to make the turn at -1.

Then as Bourdy hit his approach to 11 green, this happened.

The eagle was followed by birdies at 13 and 14 putting him at 5-under par and in the lead. With a 6-under par second round of 64 going, Bourdy needed one birdie on the final four holes to match Johnny Miller’s round of 63, the lowest in a U.S. Open played at Oakmont Country Club.

Instead, Bourdy bogeyed the par-3 16th and double bogeyed the par-4 18th hole finishing at -2 which is tied for third place.

“I knew at the beginning of this week, I could do something well,” he said. “I feel very good in my game the last few weeks, and I really love the difficulty of this course. I can play some great tee shots, good irons. Today, I holed some putts as well, so A plus. At the end it was a very good day on a very difficult course like this.”

Shane Lowry also is at 2-under par mixing a birdies on holes 4 and 6 with bogeys on 10 and 16. Lowry is the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner.

“It was very tough today,” said Lowry. “I’m very happy with the way I hit the ball. My putter feels good in my hands as well. I’m happy with the way my game is going into this afternoon.”

Shot of the day

Yusaku Miyazato ended his second round in style and is tied for 21st at 2-over par.

Second round leaderboard

Dustin Johnson -4

2. Andrew Landry -3

T3. Scott Piercy -2

T3. Sergio Garcia -2

T3. Gregory Bourdy -2

T3. Shane Lowry -2

T7. Daniel Summerhays -1

T7. Andy Sullivan -1

T7. Jim Furyk -1

T7. Lee Westwood -1

Notables to miss the cut

Phil Mickelson +7

Justin Rose +8

Patrick Reed +8

Rory McIlroy +8

Keegan Bradley +9

J.B. Holmes +9

Kevin Chappell +9

Ernie Els +10

Brandt Snedeker +11

Webb Simpson +11

Jimmy Walker +11

Rickie Fowler +11

Hideki Matsuyama +12

Henrik Stenson WD due to minor neck and knee issues

 

Author: Zac Weiss

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