Schauffele finally makes a bogey at US Open

Marco Green
June 19, 2017

The 33-year-old Victorian backed his first-round 68 with an gutsy even-par 72 during Friday's second round to keep his four-under-par total, despite officials opting for a more hard course set-up at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Paula Dougherty of Murrieta, Calif., hugs her son Kevin after he finished the second round of the USA open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Dougherty finished the day shooting.

The 24-year-old's score is the lowest in relation to par in the history of the US Open, surpassing the eight-under 63 carded by Johnny Miller to win at Oakmont in 1973.

Fowler, who held a one shot advantage overnight, cruised through an error free front nine that included two birdies.

"I had been swinging it well and it felt really, really good a couple holes later to be picking the ball out of the hole for a birdie".

The up-and-down round ended with the Englishman signing for one-under 71 and walking into the clubhouse level with Fowler, who had yet to start his round.

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers.

Only a bogey 6 on the 667-yard 18th hole, where he hit a 3-wood off the tee to avoid the bunkers but hit it into one of them anyway, spoiled his round. "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless. Later, a long put for bogey rolled just right of the hole before he tapped in. As full as the leaderboard was, however, most of the usual suspects at golf's majors were missing.

"The finish was awesome. But with that being said, he did shoot nine under".

But not long after he signed for his record score and an 11-under 205, he began to appreciate the significance of a 63 on this day.

"I have no expectations", he said. "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there". Schauffele went 26 consecutive holes without a bogey until he rammed his long birdie putt on No. 9 about 12 feet by the hole and narrowly missed the par putt.

The 117th U.S. Open started on Thursday. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills.

Koepka, playing the back nine first, birdied four of his first seven holes. Brandt Snedeker, who is two shots off the lead, said it was unfortunate that so many big names are gone but also understandable. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68.

"If somebody shoots nine under tomorrow in the top few (as Thomas did on Saturday) then I'll have to shoot 10, I guess". He was 10 under. "Looking forward to the next two days".

"Just to see their games and how they play, I've grown up watching them. Just excited to get on a run of golf and get going".

At a monstrous 7,741 yards Erin Hills will be the first par 72 US Open since 1992 at Pebble Beach.

Rickie Fowler, on the verge of being left behind, rallied with three straight birdies and shot 68.

Provided the rain stays away, Brandt Snedeker believes the course will get dry and fast enough to create a little more separation.

But the 27-year-old expects no repeat of Thomas' round with stronger winds forecast for Sunday.

Now consider that the largest 36-hole comeback in U.S. Open history was 11 shots by Lou Graham in 1975. But then he three-putted from long range on the 13th and the 14th, and lost all hope when he missed the green on the 17th while going after the flag. In the hay left of the 12th fairway, he gouged it out with a 9-iron and watched it roll to 10 feet.

Johnson, who missed the US Masters after hurting his back, failed to make the halfway cut at the Memorial tournament last week while McIlroy has not played in almost a month, since reporting back problems at the Players Championship.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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