U.S. Open tracker: Day 2 at Chambers Bay

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2015, 1:30 pm

The 115th U.S. Open takes place this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's second major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional U.S. Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. And click here for "Live From" air times. All-times for the U.S. Open tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). If you want to check out all the action we tracked on Day 1, you can find that here.


11:13PM: That's a wrap on Day 2. Pretty nice leaderboard heading into the weekend. We'll be back tomorrow with more updates.


11:01PM: McIlroy's colorful card:The world No. 1 went from contender to pretender very quickly.


10:49PM: DJ closes with two bogeys, and it's looking like Reed-Spieth in Saturday's final pairing.


10:37PM: Reed birdies No. 16 to move one ahead of DJ and Spieth.


10:27PM: DJ and Reed make bogeys, and they are now tied with Spieth for the lead at 5 under par.


10:21PM: Not a good day for Mickelson, but he should be around for the weekend.


10:14PM: Some big names are hanging around contention at one over par


10:07PM: ICYMI: Chris Kirk has the lead for Shot of the Day.


10:01PM: Video replay: Here's Reed's eagle on the par-4 12th.


9:51PM: DJ bogeys 14, but Reed follows up with a bogey on 13 and they're still tied at six under par.


9:48PM: Every WDs


9:33PM: Reed rebounds quickly with a birdie on 11 and an eagle on the par-4 12th to tie DJ for the lead.


9:19PM: Mickelson bogeys 6, his 15th, and is now at 3 over par, and in danger of missing the cut (now at 4 over). Meanwhile, McIlroy eagles par-4 12th to get back to one over.


9:03PM: Reed is heading in the wrong direction with three bogeys in his last four holes.


8:54PM: Dustin Johnson birdies No. 11 to build a two-shot lead over Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.


8:43PM: Whomever finishes with the lead today has some recent history on their side.


8:30PM: As Henrik Stenson birdies to get back to 4 under, other big names are floundering. Phil Mickelson is at 2 over (3 over for the day) and Rory McIlroy is at 3 over (1 over on the day).


8:25PM: Another change at the top. Patrick Reed two-putts for birdie at the par-5 eighth to tie Dustin Johnson at 6 under.


8:22PM: Here's a snapshot of the leaderboard at the moment.


8:18PM: Make sure to watch "Live From the U.S. Open" at 11 p.m. ET for more on Jason Day.


8:12PM: And just like that, a two-shot lead is down to one. Dustin Johnson misses a 5-foot par putt at the ninth to drop to 6 under (1-under 34 on the front nine).


8:09PM: As for others in the afternoon wave, only Henrik Stenson (3 under) is within five shots of Dustin Johnson right now. Everyone else at 2 under or better is done for the day.


7:55PM: Two-shot swing on two separate holes. Dustin Johnson birdies the eighth while Patrick Reed bogeys the seventh. Johnson jumps to 7 under; Reed drops to 5 under. Two-shot lead for DJ.


7:44PM: Rex Hoggard writes that Tiger Woods vows to keep fighting after missing his second career U.S. Open cut. Click here to check it out.


7:35PM: Dustin Johnson regains a share of the lead after a 2-foot birdie at the seventh hole. He and Patrick Reed at knotted at 6 under.


7:25PM: Anyone seen Matt Kuchar? Gotta look down the leaderboard. After an opening 68, he's 5 over through seven holes today.


7:14PM: Back-to-back bogeys for Henrik Stenson and he's three off the pace now, at 3 under.


7:12PM: Phil Mickelson makes his third bogey of the day on the par-4 18th, his ninth hole, and turns in 3-over 38. He's 2 over for the tournament.


7:08PM: Lee Westwood played this morning and is 2 over through two rounds. He seems pleased to be done, for the time being.


7:03PM: Check that! Patrick Reed birdies the fourth hole to get to 6 under and take the outright lead over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.


7:02PM: The lead is still at 5 under, but Henrik Stenson isn't among them. He bogeyed the 14th, his fifth hole of the day, to fall to 4 under. Meanwhile, Patrick Reed birdied the second hole to tie for the top spot.


7PM: The projected cut line is currently at 4 over par. There are 90 players on or inside that number at the moment.


6:54PM: Nice bounce back by DJ. Johnson follows a bogey at the third with a birdie at the fourth to regain a share of the lead at 5 under.


6:50PM: Graeme McDowell nearly gets an ace at the par-3 third hole.


6:40PM: Dustin Johnson drops a shot at the third hole to fall out of a share of the lead. He's at 4 under, one back of Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth.


6:35PM: Rex Hoggard reports on Jason Day's physical collapse on his final hole Friday, before closing out an even-par 70. Click here to check it out.


6:30PM: That's a bogey for Rory McIlroy at the third hole. He's back to 2 over the tournament, seven off the lead.


6:22PM: Ryan Lavner reports on Jordan Spieth second round and his candor regarding the par-4 (4, right?) 18th. Click here to check it out.


6:20PM: Rory McIlroy birdies his first hole in the second round to reach 1 over for the event. Here's visual proof:


6:15PM: Phil Mickelson curls in a bogey putt to drop to 1 over for the tournament, 2 over on the day.


6:12PM: Some instant analysis regarding Jordan Spieth's second-round 67.


6:04PM: Slow start to Phil Mickelson's second round. He bogeyed his first hole and has three pars since. Even par for the event and five off the lead.


5:50PM: How good has Jordan Spieth been at the majors this year?


5:37PM: With half the day in the books, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is on the course, but he's got a lot of work to do to get in contention for his second U.S. Open title.


5:26PM: Hey U.S. Open leader Jordan Spieth ... tell us how you really feel:


5:22PM: The Dustin Johnson-Adam Scott-Sergio Garcia group is off. No surprise they're all down the middle of the fairway. Also no surprise DJ is the longest.


5:18PM: Woods, who is good friends with Day and was playing in the group behind him, "I played with him at Memorial and we talked about [the vertigo] in depth ... I hope he's OK, I'll call him as soon as I'm done here and see if he's alright."


5:06PM: And Tiger Woods is in the clubhouse after rounds of 80-76. The 14-time major champ now has 14 career missed cuts.


5:01PM: More on Day as he's helped into a van and shuttled away from Chambers Bay.


4:54PM: Suddenly the secondary story, but Day's playing partner Jordan Spieth makes birdie on his last hole of the day to tie for the lead at 5 under.


4:50PM: Day manages to finish the round. Splashes out of the bunker and makes bogey, then kneels back to the ground before being helped off the course. Status for tomorrow is up in the air, but is currently just three back after a even-par 70.


4:40PM: Jason Day has fallen and he can't get up on the ninth hole. Paramedics are on the scene. Has dealt with dizzy spells in the past, including at the Byron Nelson three weeks ago where he withdrew.


4:33PM: And ... Phil Mickelson is off. Pipes a 3-wood down the fairway on 10.


4:16PM: Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about Tiger. Currently sits T-151 (with Fowler) and on the verge of history ... for him.


3:58PM: Poor Webb Simpson ... starting to think that reputation for hitting shanks is going to stick with him.


3:45PM: Moving on up: J.B. Holmes in the clubhouse with the round of the day (66) so far. Currently sits T-10.


3:21PM: Maybe he can fight Brian Harmanny Pacquiao?


3:13PM: When did Jordan Spieth start doing this thing where he looks at the hole on short putts?

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Kidding.


3:05PM: Two new names have ascended to the top of the leaderboard.


3:02PM: Not to pile on, but here are seven images of Tiger Woods falling down on the first hole. He's 2 over today through 12.


2:55PM: Video of the Day hole-out on 1:


2:38PM: Images of Spieth on 18, site of the "dumbest hole [he's] ever played in [his] life":


2:25PM: Spieth bounces back with a birdie at No. 1 to get back to minus-5. A strong response to the double on 18. Brian Campbell, by the way, did not deal well with sharing the Open lead. He's now back to 2 under after a bogey, two pars and a double.


2:20PM: More outstanding commentary from the Spieth-Day-Rose group. Jason threw his club in the air after the make.


2:15PM: Hot take.

Is he talking about the hole - or how he played it?


2:07PM: For the superintendents and budding agronomists following along:


2:01PM: Hard to believe what can happen to a golf game in six years. The 2009 champion Lucas Glover:


1:55PM: And it is a double bogey-6 for Spieth at 18. DJ and Henrik are once again your leaders. Spieth put his ball in the left bunker off the tee, needed four shots to reach the green and then two-putted. His front-nine scorecard:


1:48PM: Where's Tiger? It's worth noting that unlike Thursday night, when viewers got the full breadth of Woods' opening 80, the coverage of his second round has been far less extensive. Woods is 1 over today and about to enter the difficult 18th hole.


1:43PM: So much for the 18th hole proving "friendly." The 617-yard par 5 in Round 1 is a 514-yard par 4 in Round 2. Spieth is in serious trouble on this hole. Three shots have him only in the front bunker. We may be adding to Brandel's "dbl+" count shortly.


1:31PM: Spieth the new outright leader at 6 under. Follows the par save on 16 with a 220-yard 7-iron off the 17th tee and an 8-foot birdie putt. Four birdies and four pars through eight holes.


1:22PM: Just like that, Campbell falls back to 4 under with a bogey at the fourth. Spieth, on the other hand, just pulled off a spectacular up-and-down on the 16th after missing the fairway and finding the back bunker way over the green. Special stuff from the 21-year-old Masters champ. A funny note, the amateur Campbell (22) is the older of the two.


1:18PM: To follow up on the Snedeker tweet regarding the greens, Tim Rosaforte caught up with players on the practice range this morning and the feedback, as you might imagine, was not positive. Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els called the greens the worst he's putted in his major career:

Darren Clarke agreed and more players sounded off here:


1:10PM: Add Jordan Spieth to the list of co-leaders at 5 under. Early cards from Spieth and Campbell:


1:04PM: Mr. Brian Campbell is your new U.S. Open co-leader. Birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 have the Illini standout tied with Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, who tee off in the afternoon. The last amateur to win? Johnny Goodman in 1933.


12:57PM: Your latest take on the Chambers Bay greens comes from Brandt Snedeker, who echoes what Phil Mickelson had to say Thursday about the inconsistency of the speeds from one green to another and - apparently - from the practice area to the course. This, of course, is in addition to the bumpy mix of poa and fescue.


12:53PM: Looking for a restaurant recommendation? First-round scores for the dinner party: Na (E), Matsuyama (E), Simpson (+2). Webb, the 2012 champ, was T-32 in 2013 and T-45 last year.


12:45PM: To add insult to injury (or injury to insult?), Tiger Woods also happened to fall down en route to his opening bogey. In case you missed it:


12:29PM: Only 15 more to go ... and he's right back in this thing.


12:28PM: How will you remember the 115th U.S. Open?


12:25PM: To be fair and balanced ... we just showed you the top of the leaderboard. Now let's take a look at the bottom of the leaderboard, shall we?


12:18PM: Lovemark is in the air ... and climbing the leaderboard in the second round (2 under, T-7):


11:59AM: His caddie's clubs. That's what Sam Saunders (Arnold Palmer's grandson) used to qualify for this year's U.S. Open. And he's playing with them again this week, which helped him to a 2-over 72 in Thursday's opening round. He's on-site at Chambers Bay, warming up for his second-round tee time at 12:12 p.m. ET.


11:54AM: H-Am and eggs ... Amateur Brian Campbell shot 3-under 67 on Thursday. (And eggs just sound good, don't they?) Here's how other successful amateurs have fared in the U.S. Open:


11:50AM: World No. 195 update:


11:39AM: Way to look ... at the bright side.


11:35AM: Here we go ... World No. 2 Jordan Spieth birdied No. 10 (his first hole on Friday) and is now 3 under, two back of Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. On Thursday, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13. #justsayin


11:25AM: Is Tiger Woods done? "If it were anybody else," says John Feinstein, when he's asked about the dismal state of Woods as of late and what he thinks about his future, as told to Kelly Tilghman on "Live From" the U.S. Open.


11:19AM: It's Fri-yay


11:12AM: For those Phil fans out there ... his opening round (1-under 69) was a glass half full, glass half empty sort of scenario.


11:03AM: "He can't be worse." - John Feinstein, on what he expects to see from Tiger Woods on Friday, following his opening 10-over 80 in the first round of the U.S. Open.


10:44AM: Bundle of joy. As cold as she is, Kelly's still sporting a smile.


10:41AM: Tiger sets another record. Just not the kind he might like.


10:37AM: It's not cool, it's cold. That's how Kelly Tilghman described the weather from the "Live From" the U.S. Open set at Chambers Bay.


10:35AM: Hole locations for Friday:


10:21AM: Update on Nos. 1 and 18:


10:14AM: An ace in the hole? If someone were to dunk one at the 12th today, they'd find themselves in the history books:


10:05AM: World No. 2 Jordan Spieth is on-site at Chambers Bay, warming up on the putting green. He goes out at 11:17 a.m. ET off the 10th tee alongside Jason Day and Justin Rose. Also on-site is world No. 195 (doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?) Tiger Woods, who's off the 10th tee at 11:28 a.m. ET alongside Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen.


9:58AM: Leave it to Tweeter Alliss to hit the nail on the head:


9:50AM: Before we get started ... Here's a look at the leaderboard after Thursday:


9:33AM: Tim Rosaforte reported on Friday morning on “Live From” the U.S. Open that USGA executive director Mike Davis said, “In theory (Friday) should be the best scoring day we’re going to see this week at the U.S. Open.”


9:30AM: Guess who's back? Golf Channel's U.S. Open tracker had so much fun bringing you all the action from Thursday's opening round, we decided to do it again.


Day 1 tracker | Tiger's futility clinic | DJ 2.0 leads Round 1 | Players ease into Open


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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.

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Ortiz leads LAAC through 54; Niemann, Gana one back

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Mexico's Alvaro Ortiz shot a 1-under 70 Monday to take the 54-hole lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship in Chile.

At 4 under for the week, he leads by one over over Argentina's Jaime Lopez Rivarola, Chile's Toto Gana and Joaquin Niemann, and Guatemala's Dnaiel Gurtner.

Ortiz is the younger brother of three-time Web.com winner Carlos. Alvaro, a senior at Arkansas, finished tied for third at the LAAC in 2016 and lost in a three-way playoff last year that included Niemann and Gana, the champion.

Ortiz shared the 54-hole lead with Gana last year and they will once again play in the final group on Tuesday, along with Gurtner, a redshirt junior at TCU.

“Literally, I've been thinking about [winning] all year long," Ortiz said Monday. "Yes, I am a very emotional player, but tomorrow I want to go out calm and with a lot of patience. I don't want the emotions to get the better of me. What I've learned this past year, especially in the tournaments I’ve played for my university, is that I have become more mature and that I have learned how to control myself on the inside on the golf course.”

In the group behind, Niemann is the top-ranked amateur in the world who is poised to turn professional, unless of course he walks away with the title.

“I feel a lot of motivation at the moment, especially because I am the only player in the field that shot seven under (during the second round), and I am actually just one shot off the lead," he said. "So I believe that tomorrow I can shoot another very low round."

Tuesday's winner will earn an invitation to this year's Masters and exemptions into the The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur, sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, and final qualifying for The Open.