Sport U.S. Open: Patience pays off as Bland surges to top of leaderboard, DeChambeau five back
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Jon Rahm was through 13 holes when day two of the PGA Tour event was suspended on Friday.The opening round was hit by storms at Muirfield Village, where most of the field managed to complete their second rounds on Friday.
Richard Bland upstaged a star-studded field to earn a share of the U.S. Open lead at the halfway stage as defending champion Bryson DeChambeau soared up the leaderboard.
Unheralded Englishman Bland, 48, powered to the top of the summit at Torrey Pines thanks to his four-under-par 67 in San Diego, where he continues to prove patience pays off.
Alongside Russell Henley (70) for the one-stroke lead after two rounds, Bland is benefitting from perseverance, having gone almost 20 years without a European Tour title.
At the 478th attempt on the European Tour last month, Bland claimed an emotional win at the British Masters, which earned him a place in his fourth major championship.
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The 48-year-old’s only previous tournament in America was the 2009 US Open.Bland’s victory in the British Masters prompted an outpouring of support on social media, with Fred Couples calling him “inspirational” and comedian Stephen Fry admitting to “much weeping” following the play-off win over Guido Migliozzi.
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Bland – who missed the cut at his one previous U.S. Open appearance in 2009 – dazzled on day two of this year's tournament, storming into the clubhouse lead before being joined by American Henley.
After opening with a 70, Bland holed seven birdies and three bogeys to catapult himself to the top of the standings, before Henley teed off in his second round, amid his improbable dream of clinching a major.
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"I feel good about my game," said three-time PGA Tour champion Henley, whose previous best performance at a major came via an 11th-place finish at the 2017 Masters.
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The defending US Open champion has an ongoing rivalry with Brooks Koepka.Stricker made it clear last week that he was unhappy to see two of his team for September’s contest at Whistling Straits “going back and forth on social media”.
"I've never been in this position before in a major. Just feel like I'm going to learn something no matter what happens."
Louis Oosthuizen (71), who was the overnight co-leader along with Henley, ended day two in a tie for third position alongside Matthew Wolff (68), while Bubba Watson (67) and Jon Rahm (70) are a shot further back at three under through 36 holes.
DeChambeau boosted his hopes of back-to-back U.S. Open titles, though the big-hitting American star remains five strokes off the pace heading into the weekend.
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A two-under-par 69 saw DeChambeau move to even par as he rose 47 positions into a tie for 13th alongside rival and two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (73), Justin Thomas (69), Collin Morikawa (67), Harris English (70), Branden Grace (70), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (70) and Adam Hadwin (72).
Koepka – eyeing a fifth major crown – lost ground on the leaders after mixing five bogeys and just three birdies, while Rory McIlroy followed his opening-round 70 with a 73 to be one over the card as world number one Dustin Johnson (73) ended the day two over.
US PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson emerged from the jaws of elimination, qualifying for the weekend via a two-under-par 69 after his forgettable 75 on Thursday.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (76), Adam Scott (75), Sergio Garcia (74), Patrick Reed (73) and Jordan Spieth (69) all avoided the cut, but Justin Rose (77) was not so fortunate at 13 over.
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Express Sport provides live leaderboard updates from the final day of the US Open.Rory McIlroy is up there with a group of players in contention to win the US Open in what looks set to be a fascinating final round at Torrey Pines. Englishman Richard Bland headed into Saturday sharing the lead with Russell Henley at five-under par.