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Day two of the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club provided plenty of drama, with Rickie Fowler taking the solo lead at 10-under par and many big names missing the cut, such as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
Wyndham Clark surged up the leaderboard and sits in solo second at 9-under with Rory McIlroy (-8), Xander Schauffele (-8) and Harris English (-7) lurking in the distance.
U.S. Open Leaderboard
- 1 U.S. Open Leaderboard
- 2 Key Moments of the Day
- 3 U.S. Open odds after day 2
|Position||Player||To par (Thru)|
|1||Rickie Fowler||-10 (F)|
|2||Wyndham Clark||-9 (F)|
|T-3||Rory McIlroy||-8 (F)|
|T-3||Xander Schauffele||-8 (F)|
|5||Harris English||-7 (F)|
|T-6||Dustin Johnson||-6 (F)|
|T-6||Min Woo Lee||-6 (F)|
Key Moments of the Day
The following section will showcase the highlights and memorable moments of round two.
Rickie Fowler maintains stellar form, takes solo lead
The Murrieta, California native recorded a 2-under par round of 68 to move to 10-under for the tournament and hold the 36-hole lead. Fowler sunk eight birdies during his round, including one on No. 17 to put him alone at the top.
A birdie machine!
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 17, 2023
The 34-year-old has broken multiple records through the first two days.
- His 18 birdies in the first 36 holes are the most ever in U.S. Open history.
- The Oklahoma State product’s 130 strokes through 36 holes are tied for the lowest at a U.S. Open with Martin Kaymer.
- An opening round 62 was the best single round ever at the tournament (tied with Schauffele).
Fowler, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, is still on the quest for his first major championship. His 12 top 10s since 2010 are tied with Matt Kuchar for the most without a win.
"What are you doing?" – Fan in crowd
Rickie Fowler: 🤷♂️
The current leader at the U.S. Open is having fun 😂pic.twitter.com/DO6bEQhCFG
— ActionGolfHQ (@ActionGolfHQ) June 16, 2023
A handful of top players miss the cut, Jon Rahm sneaks in
The following household names who were highly touted coming into the week failed to make the cut at 2-over par:
Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Sungjae Im, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Max Homa, Corey Conners, Emiliano Grillo, Nick Taylor, Mito Pereira
World No. 2 Jon Rahm narrowly made the cut on the number after bogeying the 18th. Rahm was the second pretournament favorite at 10-1 to win outright.
Wyndham Clark climbs up to second
The recent winner of the Wells Fargo Championship shot a 3-under 67 after recording a 64 yesterday to put himself in second place. After a bogey on the fourth, Clark put together a clean card with four birdies and 10 pars to give himself a chance at a first major title.
Justin Thomas explodes with an 81
The two-time major winner carded three double bogeys and seven bogeys en route to shooting 11-over for the day. After his round, the former World No. 1 stated it’s ‘the lowest I’ve felt’ and said he hopes to do better at the Open next month so fans will forget about his poor play this week.
Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick makes a hole-in-one
The winner of last year’s event at Brookline made his first career ace at the par 3 15th from 115 yards out. The 28-year-old Englishman sits in a tie for 39th at 1-over.
— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) June 16, 2023
U.S. Open odds after day 2
Rory McIlroy: +300
Rickie Fowler: +360
Xander Schauffele: +400
Wyndham Clark: +650
Scottie Scheffler: +700
Dustin Johnson: +1400
Harris English: +2500
Min Woo Lee: +2800
Cameron Smith: +3300
Tony Finau: +7000
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