US Open R2

Justin Rose was overtaken late in the day by American Gary Woodland

June 13-16
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
$12,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Gary Woodland held a two-shot lead at halfway in the US Open (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Gary Woodland held a two-shot lead at halfway in the US Open (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Justin Rose believes he will need to find an extra gear over the weekend to claim a second US Open title as Rory McIlroy plotted a “boring” path to glory at Pebble Beach.

Rose carded a second round of 70 to post consecutive sub-par scores in the tournament for the first time in his career and set a clubhouse target which was only overtaken late in the day by American Gary Woodland.

Woodland’s flawless 65 matched the lowest score in a US Open at Pebble Beach, which was set by Tiger Woods on his way to a record 15-shot victory in 2000 and equalled by Rose on Thursday.


At nine under par, Woodland led by two shots from Rose, with former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen on six under and McIlroy a shot further back alongside American Aaron Wise after veering from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again in his 69.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka, who is seeking a hat-trick of US Open titles and a fifth major victory in his last nine starts, was ominously placed on four under in a group which also contained England’s Matt Wallace, who was third in the US PGA Championship behind Koepka last month.

Graeme McDowell, who lifted the trophy at Pebble Beach in 2010, is three under par after a round of 70, with Masters champion Tiger Woods nine strokes off the pace following a disappointing 72.

“I’m happy although I felt like it was an opportunity to go a couple better,” said Rose, who started from the 10th and went out in 34 after birdies on 15 and 18.

“I felt like I left two or three out there coming in but parring eight and nine at least makes me feel like I’ve got something out of the day.


“I have no expectations for the weekend really. I just like my position, the course and the way I’m trending but I still don’t feel like I’m cooking and I’m going to need to find that (extra) gear if I’m going to hoist some silverware on the weekend.”

McIlroy was three under for his round after 12 holes before dropping a shot on the 13th and then running up a double bogey on the par-five 14th after spinning his approach off the green and dumping his next shot into a bunker.

The 30-year-old was understandably furious and could still be seen muttering to himself even after making amends with a birdie on the 15th, but his mood was improved considerably by another birdie on the next.

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 18th hole (David J Phillip/AP)
Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 18th hole (David J Phillip/AP)

“It was a bit of an unforced error on 14, I took a club that was not going to get to the back third of the green even after seeing other players do the same,” McIlroy said.

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“But I bounced back well and those birdies on 15 and 16 were huge to get me right back into this golf tournament this weekend.

“It’s boring and a cliche but you need to hit fairways and greens round here. I did not do that for a few holes on the back nine and paid the price and was lucky to bounce back.”

Koepka could also reflect on a number of missed opportunities but remained well placed to maintain his remarkable recent record in majors and join Scotland’s Willie Anderson (1903-05) as the only player to win three straight US Opens.


“I’m good at this patient game, I know you just need to be hanging around on the weekend,” Koepka said. “I have a chance, just have to clean it up for the weekend. If I can putt the way I did on Thursday and hit it like I did today, it’s a good combination.”

Woods, who single-putted 11 greens in an opening round of 70, was on course for his first bogey-free round in any US Open since his final round here in 2000 after one birdie and 15 pars, but bogeyed his last two holes.

The cut fell at two over par and Wales’s Rhys Enoch made it right on the mark thanks to a superb second round of 66.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Gary Woodland
USA
-9
68
65
133
2
Justin Rose
ENG
-7
65
70
135
3
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-6
66
70
136
T4
Aaron Wise
USA
-5
66
71
137
T4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-5
68
69
137
T6
Chez Reavie
USA
-4
68
70
138
T6
Chesson Hadley
USA
-4
68
70
138
T6
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
69
69
138
T6
Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
69
69
138
T6
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
70
68
138
T11
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-3
68
71
139
T11
Adam Scott
AUS
-3
70
69
139
T11
Scott Piercy
USA
-3
67
72
139
T11
Jon Rahm
ESP
-3
69
70
139
T11
Zach Johnson
USA
-3
70
69
139
T11
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
69
70
139
T11
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
69
70
139
T11
Xander Schauffele
USA
-3
66
73
139
T19
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
73
67
140
T19
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-2
68
72
140
T19
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
69
71
140
T19
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-2
70
70
140
T19
Sepp Straka
AUT
-2
68
72
140
T19
Dustin Johnson
USA
-2
71
69
140
T19
Brandon Wu
USA
-2
71
69
140
T19
Harris English
USA
-2
71
69
140
T27
Nate Lashley
USA
-1
67
74
141
T27
Jordan Spieth
USA
-1
72
69
141
T27
Jason Dufner
USA
-1
70
71
141
T27
Haotong Li
CHN
-1
71
70
141
T27
Phil Mickelson
USA
-1
72
69
141
T32
Charlie Danielson
USA
Par
72
70
142
T32
Charles Howell III
USA
Par
72
70
142
T32
Paul Casey
ENG
Par
70
72
142
T32
Viktor Hovland
NOR
Par
69
73
142
T32
Webb Simpson
USA
Par
74
68
142
T32
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
70
72
142
T32
Tiger Woods
USA
Par
70
72
142
T32
Chandler Eaton
USA
Par
72
70
142
T32
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
Par
68
74
142
T32
Luke Donald
ENG
Par
72
70
142
T32
Danny Willett
ENG
Par
71
71
142
T32
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
Par
69
73
142
T32
Abraham Ancer
USA
Par
74
68
142
T45
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
1
72
71
143
T45
Daniel Berger
USA
1
73
70
143
T45
Billy Hurley III
USA
1
73
70
143
T45
Billy Horschel
USA
1
73
70
143
T45
Marc Leishman
AUS
1
69
74
143
T45
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
69
74
143
T45
Jason Day
AUS
1
70
73
143
T45
Kevin Kisner
USA
1
73
70
143
T45
Rickie Fowler
USA
1
66
77
143
T45
Cameron Smith
AUS
1
71
72
143
T45
Andy Pope
USA
1
72
71
143
T56
Brian Stuard
USA
2
71
73
144
T56
Collin Morikawa
USA
2
71
73
144
T56
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
2
74
70
144
T56
Chip McDaniel
USA
2
71
73
144
T56
Michael Thorbjornsen
USA
2
71
73
144
T56
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
70
74
144
T56
Brandt Snedeker
USA
2
75
69
144
T56
Patrick Cantlay
USA
2
73
71
144
T56
Andrew Putnam
USA
2
73
71
144
T56
Alex Prugh
USA
2
75
69
144
T56
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
2
71
73
144
T56
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
71
73
144
T56
Adria Arnaus
ESP
2
69
75
144
T56
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
76
68
144
T56
Tom Hoge
USA
2
71
73
144
T56
Nick Taylor
CAN
2
74
70
144
T56
Kyle Stanley
USA
2
71
73
144
T56
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
69
75
144
T56
Shane Lowry
IRL
2
75
69
144
T56
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
2
70
74
144
T56
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
2
71
73
144
T56
Patrick Reed
USA
2
71
73
144
T56
Justin Walters
RSA
2
72
72
144
T56
Rhys Enoch
WAL
2
78
66
144
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Joseph Bramlett
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
73
72
145
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
3
74
71
145
CUT
Nick Hardy
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
3
75
70
145
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Spencer Tibbits
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Brendon Todd
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
David Toms
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Hayden Shieh
USA
4
77
69
146
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jovan Rebula
RSA
4
70
76
146
CUT
Julian Etulain
ARG
4
76
70
146
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Thomas
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Luke List
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Scottie Scheffler
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Tony Finau
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
5
75
72
147
CUT
Austin Eckroat
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Chun-An Yu
TPE
5
74
73
147
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
5
76
71
147
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
5
80
67
147
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
5
74
73
147
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Callum Tarren
ENG
6
73
75
148
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
6
74
74
148
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Mike Weir
CAN
6
74
74
148
CUT
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
6
73
75
148
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
6
71
77
148
CUT
Daniel Hillier
NZL
7
76
73
149
CUT
Guillermo Pereira
CHI
7
77
72
149
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
7
72
77
149
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
7
72
77
149
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Kevin Na
USA
7
72
77
149
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
7
71
78
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Stewart Hagestad
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Connor Arendell
USA
8
77
73
150
CUT
Kevin O’Connell
USA
8
76
74
150
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
8
76
74
150
CUT
Luke Guthrie
USA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Richard Lee
NZL
8
72
78
150
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
8
75
75
150
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
8
76
74
150
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
9
74
77
151
CUT
Brian Davis
ENG
9
75
76
151
CUT
Cameron Young
USA
9
75
76
151
CUT
Matt Parziale
USA
9
74
77
151
CUT
Chan Kim
USA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
10
73
79
152
CUT
Ryan Sullivan
USA
10
73
79
152
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
10
76
76
152
CUT
Brett Drewitt
AUS
11
77
76
153
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
11
80
73
153
CUT
Matthew Naumec
USA
11
74
79
153
CUT
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
12
80
74
154
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
13
80
75
155
CUT
Noah Norton
USA
13
80
75
155
CUT
Roberto Castro
USA
13
78
77
155
CUT
Zac Blair
USA
13
83
72
155
CUT
Andreas Halvorsen
NOR
14
74
82
156
CUT
Eric Dietrich
USA
16
83
75
158
CUT
Merrick Bremner
RSA
16
79
79
158
CUT
Devon Bling
USA
20
82
80
162