Woods starts with birdie in 2nd round of US Open

Ruben Hill
June 17, 2018

"Being at home sitting on the sofa watching the U.S. Open the last couple years has been kind of frustrating", he said.

The drivers with their refined geocoustic soles.

The swings subject to more computer analysis than any NASCAR powertrain.

It was Thursday just as it ever was. Woods has yet to put all the pieces together, and the U.S. Open is the type of crucible that exposes even the smallest flaws. 36 holes left no matter what position I'm in.

Those who did manage to keep a tunnel-vision focus while all else around them were falling apart included Ian Poulter who shares the lead at -1. Exactly like Fleetwood got on Friday morning at Shinnecock Hills. We have seen players choke under pressure on the weekend and seen miraculous comebacks from players who never give up.

Johnson was at 4-under 136, four shots ahead of Hoffman and Scott Piercy. At 16 - he played the back side first - Walker reached the green in two and sank a twisting 15-foot putt.

"I've got a lot of confidence in my game", Johnson said after the round, but he conceded that "every shot out there was hard".

"I feel great as of right now". I did a lot of good stuff.

The Ryder Cup stalwart sits one-over par for the tournament and will hope Johnson, who moved four strokes clear of the field at four-under for the tournament, will start making some mistakes of his own over the next two days. He doubled over in laughter. After two birdies in his first nine holes, Johnson made his only bogey of the day at the first, unable to get up and down for par from a greenside bunker. Tiger Woods did it twice, and won both times (2000, '02).

"Our whole careers are pretty much measured as if you can win four times a year", Woods said. "I just think today was the toughest day we'll have all week". Woods continues to struggle with his short game, and he flirted with disaster a few too many times. After a chunked chip and a battle with the fescue, he walked off with triple bogey.

At least he wasn't the high man in his group.

Several major winners missed the cut, including Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

Hoffman has only been in the top-10 through 54 holes three times and then has just two top-10 finishes through 72 holes in majors. But he couldn't outrun the carnage. Over his final eight holes he went 6 over, including consecutive double bogeys.

Henley emerged from the hard opening round sounding as confident as anyone could be. I've beaten all these guys before. "Eventually I want to be on the European Tour or PGA Tour".

"I'm expecting it to be very tough; the greens will speed up because I don't think they would have liked the scores they saw this afternoon", Leishman said. Dustin Johnson returned to No. 1 in the world by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The Northern Irishman's challenge was over nearly as soon as it begun, after he racked up a disastrous 10-over-par 80 on the first day at the challenging NY layout. The other nine were a combined 52 over Thursday. They were long off the course when Johnson finished. "In that situation, I would gladly take the two shots".

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