A quick look at facts, figures and quotes from Day 2 of the 122nd US Open
Weather: Partly cloudy. High of 86. Wind SW 7-14 mph, with gusts to 24 mph.
Cut: 60 professionals and four amateurs at 3-over 143 from a field of 141 professionals and 15 amateurs
Collin Morikawa 69-66—135 (-5)
Joel Dahmen 67-68—135 (-5)
Hayden Buckley 68-68—136 (-4)
Jon Rahm 69-67—136 (-4)
Rory McIlroy 67-69—136 (-4)
Aaron Wise 68-68—136 (-4)
Beau Hossler 69-67—136 (-4)
Leading Asian/Australian Scores
Joohyung Kim 72-68 – 140 (E, T24)
Hideki Matsuyama 70-70 – 140 (E, T24)
Marc Leishman 70-71 – 141 (+1, T31)
Adam Scott 68-73 – 142 (+2, T40)
K.H. Lee 71-72 – 143 (+3, T55)
Things to Know
- Collin Morikawa, winner of the 2020 PGA Championship and 2021 Open Championship, holds a share of the lead as he attempts to win a major for the third consecutive season
- The top three players in the Official World Golf Ranking are all within two strokes of the lead
- 2022 Masters winner & FedExCup leader Scottie Scheffler (No. 1)
- Defending U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm (No. 2)
- 4-time major champion last week’s RBC Canadian Open winner Rory McIlroy (No. 3)
- Joel Dahmen, playing in his ninth career major, is tied for the lead with Morikawa (first 36-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR)
- Making his third start in a major and debut in the U.S. Open, Korea’s Joohyung Kimcards a bogey-free 68 for T24 alongside 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (70) on 140, five off the lead. Kim, who turns 20 next Tuesday, has played nine times on the PGA TOUR, with a best finish of T15 at the 2021 Puerto Rico Open. He finished T217 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.
- H. Leemakes his first cut in the U.S. Open in what is his fourth appearance after adding a 72 to his opening 71 for T55. He made his first cut in a major with a T41 finish at the PGA Championship last month, a week after repeating as champion at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
- Notables to miss the cut include Cameron Smith, Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau and Phil Mickelson
Second-Round Lead Notes
41 Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win the U.S. Open (most recent: Gary Woodland, 2019)
8 Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win individual stroke-play events on TOUR in 2021-22 (most recent: Jon Rahm/Mexico Open at Vidanta)
Comparing the co-leaders (entering the week)
|Category||Collin Morikawa||Joel Dahmen|
|Age||25 (February 6, 1997)||34 (November 11, 1987)|
|FedExCup||No. 20||No. 75|
|OWGR||No. 7||No. 130|
|Starts – wins – top-10s in PGA TOUR career||68-5-24||143-1-16|
|Starts – wins – top-10s on TOUR in 2021-22||13-0-6||20-0-2|
|Starts – wins – top-10s at U.S. Open||3-0-1||2-0-0|
Collin Morikawa (T1/-5)
- Fifth score of 66 or better in a major championship; previous four all came en route to victory (65/R3, 64/R4 at 2020 PGA Championship; 64/R2, 66/R4 at 2021 Open Championship)
- 1-for-1 to date with the 36-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR (Won/2020 Workday Charity Open)
- Previous-best 36-hole position in a major: 2nd/2021 Open Championship (Won)
- Finished T4 at the 2021 U.S. Open (T35/2019, MC/2020)
- Two-time major championship winner (2020 PGA Championship, 2021 Open Championship)
- Last player to win a major in three consecutive years: Brooks Koepka (2017-2019)
- 10 players have won the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and The Open Championship (most recent: Rory McIlroy)
- Only player currently in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking without a win on the PGA TOUR this season; most recent TOUR victory: 2021 Open Championship
- Five PGA TOUR wins in 68 prior starts (2019 Barracuda Championship, 2020 Workday Charity Open, 2020 PGA Championship, 2021 WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession, 2021 Open Championship)
Joel Dahmen (T1/-5)
- First career 36-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR; previous-best 36-hole position: T2, 2019 Wells Fargo Championship (finished 2nd)
- One of three players in the field, along with Aaron Wise and Hayden Buckley, with multiple scores of 68 or better (67-68); entering the week, the last four players to record a 68 or better in each of the first two rounds of the U.S. Open went on to win (Rory McIlroy/2011, Martin Kaymer/2014, Jordan Spieth/2015, Gary Woodland/2019)
- One top-10 in eight prior starts in majors (T10/2020 PGA Championship)
- Playing in his third U.S. Open (MC/2019, MC/2020)
- Winner of the 2021 Corales Puntacana Championship
- Earned a spot in the U.S. Open via Final Qualifying at the Columbus, Ohio site
Jon Rahm (T3/-4) – defending champion
- Last player to successfully defend title in a major championship: Brooks Koepka, 2019 PGA Championship
- Last player to successfully defend title at the U.S. Open: Brooks Koepka, 2018
- Four players this season have successfully defended a title this season, including Rory McIlroy last week at the RBC Canadian Open; most in a season since 2016-17 (4)
- Last back-to-back tournaments with successful title defenses: 2007 RBC Canadian Open (Jim Furyk), 2007 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Tiger Woods), 2007 PGA Championship (Tiger Woods)
- One PGA TOUR win this season (Mexico Open at Vidanta)
Rory McIlroy (T3/-4)
- Successfully defended his title at last week’s RBC Canadian Open, earning his 21stPGA TOUR title and moving to T31 on the all-time PGA TOUR wins list
- Last player to win on TOUR and win a major the following week: McIlroy, 2014 (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship)
- No player since WWII has won the U.S. Open after winning on TOUR the week before
- Last to win back-to-back starts: Scottie Scheffler (2022 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, 2022 Masters Tournament)
- Last to win back-to-back tournaments: Patrick Cantlay (2021 BMW Championship, 2021 TOUR Championship)
- Last to win back-to-back tournaments (FedExCup Regular Season): Brendon Todd (2019 Bermuda Championship, 2019 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba)
- Four career major victories (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship, 2014 PGA Championship)
- 19 players have won five or more majors
Scottie Scheffler (T8/-3)
- World No. 1 and FedExCup leader
- Four PGA TOUR wins this season (WM Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Masters Tournament)
- Last to win multiple majors in a year: Brooks Koepka, 2018
- Last to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year: Jordan Spieth, 2015
- Last to win five times in a season on TOUR: Justin Thomas, 2016-17 (5)
- Last to win five times in a season on TOUR, including two or more majors: Jordan Spieth, 2014-15 (5 wins, 2 majors)
- Cameron Youngmade a hole-in-one at No. 6, his first career ace on TOUR; Young, who began the round on No. 10, made a quadruple-bogey-8 at No. 3 and was 9-over with five holes to play before finishing 4-over and missing the cut by one stroke (Nos. 5-9: birdie, ace, birdie, birdie, par)
- Harris English(+2/T40) extends his streak of consecutive cuts made in majors to 15, the longest active streak of any player; English makes the cut on TOUR for the first time since the Sony Open in Hawaii in January (second start since then)
- The cut (low 60 and ties) came at 3-over 143 with 60 professionals and four amateurs playing the weekend.
- Phil Mickelson, a six-time U.S. Open runner-up, was among the luminaries who missed the cut. The 1990 U.S. Amateur champion and six-time major winner was joined by 2021 U.S. Senior Open champion Jim Furyk, 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, 2021 U.S. Amateur champion James Piot, past Masters winner Sergio Garcia, Viktor Hovland, world No. 1 amateur Keita Nakajima, and local favorites Michael Thorbjornsen and Fran Quinn, at 57, the oldest qualifier in the last 40 years. Thorbjornsen, the 2018 U.S. Junior champion, rallied from an opening 77 to shoot a 69 on Friday.
- Four amateurs made the cut after none made it last year at Torrey Pines. Travis Vick, a 2021 U.S. Amateur semifinalist, led the way at 1-under 139. The University of Texas standout was joined by 2021 U.S. Amateur runner-up Austin Greaser, Texas A&M All-American Sam Bennett and reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad.
- Of the 64 players who made the cut, 23 were qualifiers, including three who survived both local and final qualifying: Chris Naegel, Sam Stevens and Chris Gotterup.
- Cameron Young registered the 48th known hole-in-one in U.S. Open history when he aced the 165-yard sixth hole with an 8-iron. The last holes-in-one came in 2020 at Winged Foot by Will Zalatoris and Patrick Reed, both on the seventh hole in Round 1.
- World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and his good friend, No. 9 Sam Burns, are sharing a house this week, along with Burns’ swing coach, Brad Pullin, and Scheffler’s caddie, Ted Scott. Scheffler and Burns are a combined 5 under par.
- Alex Fitzpatrick, who caddied for his older brother, Matthew, when he won the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club, was in attendance on Friday. The two-time Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup competitor just recently completed his eligibility at Wake Forest and has turned professional.
- “We don’t tee off until 3:45 [p.m.] tomorrow. I typically have to be home at 5 for dinner, so this will be different for sure.” – Joel Dahmen on being in the final pairing on Saturday.
- “Yeah, we got lucky. Jon [Rahm] and I were talking late in the round that for a few holes that it didn’t look great, and then I think we got kind of a good draw out of it. A lot of the day kind of calmed down, was really nice, really sunny.” – Collin Morikawa, on the afternoon thunderstorm that skirted the area.
- “It’s such a unique design to where you have options off the tee, and you can really pretty much choose whatever you want, and that’s why you have on the leader board so many players that hit it a bit different in length off the tee.” – defending champion Jon Rahm
- “I really like the course. It’s very challenging. I’ve just gone out with the strategy, frankly, to just try and make a par on every hole, try not to get too greedy on shots that sometimes that you are kind of licking your chops. You’ve just got to rein it in a little bit and basically understand that every green in regulation is a win in a U.S. Open. Fortunately, I was able to make a few birdies late in the round, but with that being said, if I had made 18 pars today, I would have been quite happy.” – Beau Hossler (4-under 136) on his strategy
- “I think this week I’ve found enough to make birdies, but my putting has just changed a lot. I’ve gotten a lot better speed with a putter change this week, and I feel a lot more confident inside of 10 feet, and that’s kind of been my struggle all year.” – Hayden Buckley (4-under 136) when asked how he’s changed from last year at Torrey Pines when he followed a 69 with an 82.
- “I started using this Neuropeak Pro, kind of breathing mechanism, and that’s helped me a lot, just focusing on my daily breathing. Then I started listening to my fiancé more on diet issues, so that helped.” – Nick Hardy (3-under 137) on changes to his lifestyle.
- “The golf course has been fantastic. The setup has been great. I think it’s tough but it’s fair. You get rewarded when you hit good shots, and when you get out of position it’s really difficult. I think that’s how the U.S. Open should be.” – Sam Burns (2-under 138) on the setup through two rounds.
- “I feel like I’m kind of an under-the-radar person. I don’t really feel like there’s much chatter going around with me. Rory won last week [in Canada], Tiger was at the PGA. I’ve been No. 1 in the world for a while now, and it doesn’t really feel like it. I can show up and do my thing and then go home and rest.” – Scottie Scheffler
(Courtesy: USGA and PGA Tour)