US Open golf 2022: second round – live! | US Open

… so perhaps Adam Hadwin’s street-fighting par on 10 was the harbinger of a scrappy day. He sends his tee shot at the short 11th into the heart of the green, but rolls an excitable downhill 20-footer six feet past, and can’t make the one coming back. All of a sudden, debutant MJ Daffue has a three-stroke lead at the US Open!

-6: Daffue (7)
3: Hadwin (2*), Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen
-2: Hovland (4*), Fitzpatrick (3*), D Johnson (3*), Buckley, NeSmith, Harman, Wise

Tell you who is full of confidence: MJ Daffue, that’s who! The 33-year-old South African, playing in his first major championship, comes up short of 7, his ball rolling back down the false front. But he putts anyway and sends a right-to-left monster into the cup! He sticks a triumphant finger in the sky, then clenches his fist, and you’d have got good odds on this state of affairs yesterday morning!

-6: Daffue (7)
-4: Hadwin (1*)
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen

The overnight leader Adam Hadwin is out and about. A drive down the middle of 10. Then an approach pulled into awkward greenside sand. Suddenly a JT-style blowout looks like a possibility. But with a downhill lie in the bunker and not much green to work with, he splashes to ten feet, about the best he could do, then salvages par with a right-to-left sliding putt. Harbinger of a scrappy day or the confidence-boosting foundation for another low round? Let’s see.

Another birdie, this time in more conventional style, for Viktor Hovland. The green found in regulation at 13, a 15-footer trundled in. He’s -2 for his round and the championship. Also -2: Matt Fitzpatrick, who bounces back from the careless dropped shot at 11 by sending his second at 12 to three feet and sealing the deal.

The PGA champion Justin Thomas got off to an awful start this morning. From the center of 10, he pulled his approach into the thick rough and ended up running up a double-bogey six. Then he followed that up with bogey at 11. Suddenly one of the pre-tournament favorites had crashed down to +2. But a big break on 13 could have arrested that downward momentum. He overhits a long birdie putt, but the ball slams into the back of the cup, thinks about pinging away, but slam dunks. Lucky he had that line plumb, because otherwise he was facing a ten footer coming back. Birdie out of nowhere, and he’s back to +1.

A couple of long birdie putts here. Brooks Koepka rakes a huge left-to-right swinger from the front of 3, the two-time winner rising to +2, while Shane Lowry whistles one in from the fringe of 10. He’s +1. And from long to big: MJ Daffue finds greenside sand at the drivable par-four 5th, splashes out to four feet, and makes it consecutive birdies. He’s the new sole leader of the US Open! Finally a short one missed by Matt Fitzpatrick on 11, and he slips back to -1.

-5: Daffue (5)
-4: Hadwin
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen
-2: Buckley, NeSmith, Harman, Wise, Fitzpatrick, Johnson (2*), Rose (1)

Sam Burns is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, and in terms of recent form alone, might be the next cab on the rank to break his major duck. The 25-year-old from Louisiana opens today with birdie, then adds another after nearly acing the par-three 2nd. It’s nicely placed at -1. Viktor Hovland may have something to say about that, though, and the Norwegian chips in from thick rough at the side of 12 to join Burns at -1 after yesterday’s 70.

Adam Hadwin is only playing this week as an alternate, having come through qualifying. He’s benefitting from Paul Casey’s withdrawal. Four of the other five first-round leaders are also qualifiers, the exception being Rory McIlroy. Very strange. Very refreshing. Might that, however, speak to their chances of staying the course over four days? Well, maybe, except MJ Daffue has just birdied 4 to join Hadwin in the lead, and Brookline has been known to deliver the odd surprise before, Francis Ouimet, all that, so you never know!

-4: Daffue (4), Hadwin
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen


Adam Hadwin leads after his opening round of 66 …but the likes of Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Adam Scott, Will Zalatoris, Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland and defending champ Jon Rahm are in hot pursuit. Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looks …

-4: Hadwin
-3: Tarren, Lingmerth, McIlroy, Dahmen, Daffue
-2: Buckley, NeSmith, Harman, Wise, Fitzpatrick, Johnson, Rose
-1: Rodgers, Morikawa, Piot, Rahm, Scott, Homa, Zalatoris, Hossler, Hardy, Thomas, Woodland, Kokrak

… and here’s when everyone’s teeing off. Let’s go, then. It’s on!

Starting at hole 1:
11:45 Sean Crocker, Jediah Morgan (Aus), Taylor Montgomery
11:56 MJ Daffue (Rsa), (a) Maxwell Moldovan, Yannik Paul (Ger)
12:07 Adria Arnaus (Spa), Talor Gooch, Tom Hoge
12:18 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Kevin Na
12:29 Patton Kizzire, Sam Burns, Thomas Pieters (Bel)
12:40 Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Smith (Aus)
12:51 Corey Conners (Can), (a) Austin Greaser, Luke List
13:02 Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose (Eng), Gary Woodland
13:13 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Kor), Patrick Reed
13:24 Harris English, Lucas Herbert (Aus), Jason Kokrak
13:35 (a) Ben Lorenz, Davis Shore, Samuel Stevens
13:46 (a) Adrien Dumont (Bel), Daijiro Izumida (Jpn), Sebastian Soederberg (Swe)
13:57 Brady Calkins, Ryan Gerard, Jesse Mueller
17:30 Hayden Buckley, Fran Quinn, Callum Tarren (Eng)
17:41 (a) Sam Bennett, Kurt Kitayama, Denny McCarthy
17:52 Wil Besseling (Ned), Wyndham Clark, Brandon Matthews
18:03 Si Woo Kim (Kor), Sepp Straka (Aut), David Lingmerth (Swe)
18:14 Victor Perez (Fra), Davis Riley, Scott Stallings
18:25 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Xander Schauffele
18:36 Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Kevin Kisner
18:47 Keegan Bradley, Marc Leishman (Aus), Aaron Wise
18:58 Stewart Cink, Francesco Molinari (Ita), (a) Laird Shepherd (Eng)
19:09 Marcel Schneider (Ger), Joseph Bramlett, Chan Kim
19:20 Joel Dahmen, Lanto Griffin, Jinichiro Kozuma (Jpn)
19:31 (a) Fred Biondi (Bra), Harry Hall (Eng), Chris Gotterup
19:42 Luke Gannon, Chris Naegel, Andrew Beckler

Starting at hole 10:
11:45 Kevin Chappell, Andrew Novak, Chase Seiffert
11:56 Thorbjoern Olesen (Den), Brian Stuard, Nick Hardy
12:07 Sam Horsfield (Eng), Shaun Norris (Rsa), Cameron Tringale
12:18 Sung Jae Im (Kor), Guillermo Mito Pereira (Chi), Erik van Rooyen (Rsa)
12:29 Tony Finau, Viktor Hovland (Nor), Justin Thomas
12:40 Joo-Hyung Kim (Kor), Min-Woo Lee (Aus), Seamus Power (Irl)
12:51 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson
13:02 Shane Lowry (Irl), Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
13:13 Danny Lee (Nzl), (a) Keita Nakajima (Jpn), Nick Taylor (Can)
13:24 (a) Nick Dunlap, Jim Furyk, Adam Hadwin (Can)
13:35 Richard Bland (Eng), Ryan Fox (Nzl), Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn)
13:46 Jonas Blixt (Swe), Bo Hoag, Todd Sinnott (Aus)
13:57 Sean Jacklin (Sco), (a) Charles Reiter, Isaiah Salinda
17:30 Matt McCarty, Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Erik Barnes
17:41 Matthew NeSmith, Patrick Rodgers, Travis Vick (a)
17:52 Troy Merritt, William Mouw (a), Andrew Putnam
18:03 Collin Morikawa, James Piot, Jon Rahm (Spa)
18:14 Max Homa, Adam Scott (Aus), Jordan Spieth
18:25 Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel
18:36 Sebastian Munoz (Col), Alexander Noren (Swe), Harold Varner III
18:47 Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Cameron Young, Will Zalatoris
18:58 (a) Stewart Hagestad, Grayson Murray, Adam Schenk
19:09 Branden Grace (Rsa), Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Guido Migliozzi (Ita)
19:20 Beau Hossler, Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), Kalle Samooja (Fin)
19:31 Richard Mansell (Eng), Roger Sloan (Can), Tomoyasu Sugiyama (Jpn)
19:42 Keith Greene, Benjamin Silverman (Can), (a) Caleb Manuel

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