US Open: Rory McIlroy ‘couldn’t be happier’ as second-round recovery sees him a whim away | Golf News


Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jon Rahm in the group are tied for second on four under, with Collin Morikawa posting a second-lap 66 to share the lead with Joel Dahmen at Brookline; Watch day three of the US Open live on Saturday from 4 p.m. on Sky Sports Golf

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Rory McIlroy was happy with how he bounced back from his double bogey on the third hole after being stuck in the fescue for three shots

Rory McIlroy was happy with how he bounced back from his double bogey on the third hole after being stuck in the fescue for three shots

Rory McIlroy said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ after a 1-under 69 on day two of the US Open sent him off the lead at four under going into the weekend at the Brookline Country Club.

McIlroy overcame a major hiccup on the third hole, where he took three shots to get out of the heavy rough to the right of the green, but once he did he then drilled a massive 20ft putt to limit the damage to a double bogey. .

He would birdie on two of his next five holes, only for a bogey on the 10 to take him down to two for the day, but a hot finish saw the Northern Irishman fire again in the 60s and took him down. kept firmly in contention for a fifth. major title.

“After 36 holes in a major championship, all you want to do is get in on the action before the weekend,” McIlroy told reporters.

“For a small part of the day there, it looked like I was going to be a bit more behind, but I dug deep and played the last eight holes really well.

“That was the goal. After bogeying 10, I just wanted to try to shoot under par. I had a few chances to come.

“I just played eight really clean holes, which was nice. Hitting the fairways, hitting the greens, giving myself chances, getting back into the tournament.

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“I was trying to work my way into the final group and then I was told by scoring that the final group would start at 3:45 tomorrow. It’s, like, maybe I don’t want to be in the final group Seems very late.

“I was trying to birdie out of 18 to try to get to five cents, but I’m really happy with my position.

“I played a great round of golf yesterday. I came back strong today after a rough start, and yes, right in the middle. Couldn’t be happier.”

Will history repeat itself with Morikawa at the US Open?

Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa says he is excited for the weekend after an incredible four under 66 to co-lead ahead of the weekend as he seeks to win his third major in three years.

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Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa says he is excited for the weekend after an incredible four under 66 to co-lead ahead of the weekend as he seeks to win his third major in three years.

Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa says he is excited for the weekend after an incredible four under 66 to co-lead ahead of the weekend as he seeks to win his third major in three years.

McIlroy is one stroke behind co-leaders Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen at five under, and Morikawa hopes history can repeat itself and he can follow successive rounds into the 60s with a third major victory at the US Open.

When asked if he believed in fate after his two previous victories, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Open last year, came under such circumstances, Morikawa joked: “It’s such a statistic. terrible.

“I mean, I’ve played 11 majors, so it’s not a big enough stat to really draw anything out of it, but I’d like to make it three for three.

“Nobody has pushed it all the way so far and kind of run away, but you know what, right now my game feels really good.

“The last few days are a huge boost for me heading into this weekend, and hopefully we can sort of make a separation somehow.”

Rahm relishing the challenge against golf’s best

Defending US Open champion Jon Rahm is also part of Morikawa and Dahmen’s returning group one at four under and said he is relishing the prospect of facing the biggest names in golf this weekend. , including world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler vying for three. below.

“Oh, that’s awesome,” Rahm said after the round. “I think it’s a testament to the health and state of this game.

“It’s pretty amazing to see Rory back – it’s not like he’s ever gone anywhere, but playing back-to-back weeks and playing at the level he can.

“Obviously Scottie is doing what he’s been doing all year, Collin is doing what he always does, myself doing what I’m trying to do.

“It’s fun for all of us because we all want to compete against the best and beat the best, and obviously it’s a lot more fun to watch people.

“I think it’s great for the game of golf to have the top ranked players and the best players up there, especially in the tournament where really the best player ends up winning.”

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