18 Jun 2022

Collin Morikawa Joins US Open Lead, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy One Adrift!

The last few days have really boosted my confidence this weekend, and I hope we can break up somehow. "

Morikawa won last year's British Open and the 2020 PGA Championship and the 25-year-old American could find himself 75% on the way to his Grand Slam career on Sunday night.

"I can't talk about what it would be like to win this. I have to focus on tomorrow," Morikawa said. "I have to make sure I don't run out of energy ... I have to find a way to focus a little bit deeper and be really driven to the next 36."

From the 10th tee, Morikawa made 10-foot birdie putts in the 12th hole, 13 feet in the 5th par 14, 14 feet in the 17th and 33 feet in the first.

After his bogey alone in fourth place, Morikawa lowered his second shot to 4th place eight feet four feet from the cup but missed his eagle putt ready for the bird.

"I knew the tempo was too low," Morikawa said. "It just turned out to be a very bad stroke. So I'm not really worried about it."

McIlroy, who endured a double-bogey catastrophe in the third hole, dipped the 15-foot [15 m] birdie putt into 12th place, drove the green double to stop the bird at the tap by par-14 14 and sank 12-foot. birdie putt at 17.

"I'm in a good position," McIlroy said. "I'm very happy with where my game is and I think it's the most important thing."

McIlroy, who is chasing his first major title since 2014, won last week's PGA Canadian Open. Not since 1934 the player won last week and took the US Open.

"I have to come up with an idea this week that I will try to win for the first time again," said McIlroy. "I play as good golf as I used to."

Top Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, with an eagle and two birds in the last six holes, was 137.

"I've always been very patient," Scheffler said. "If a few putts came in instead of rotating, it would have been a really special day."

Rahm, the back-9 starter, punched a 12-foot eagle putt in par-5 14th, drove the green to stop the bird in 4th place and snatched it before the bird game at 8 p.m. .

"It's good about the game of golf that the top players and top players are there," Rahm said. "It's fun for all of us because we all want to compete with the best and beat the best."

Dahmen, 34, won his only PGA title last year in the Dominican Republic. He missed a 10-foot-tall 18-year-old birdie putt that could have given him the lead on his own.

"It's all kind of a blur, it's probably a good thing," Dahmen said. "The nerves are well treated there. It will be quite a weekend."

Mickelson misses the cut

Six-time winner Phil Mickelson failed to score 11 points over 151. The 52-year-old U.S. left was among 15 rebels from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series in the face of US PGA Tour stars.

US champions Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed were the best of the LIV players on the field at 141, with Bryson DeChambeau and Richard Bland also at 142. But the LIV players combined for 53 overs on Thursday and 36 overs on Friday.

With the richest pockets in golf history, LIV Golf has attracted talent on the PGA Tour, which barred 17 members now and in the past after playing its first LIV event in England.

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