When the Brookline battle begins, McIlroy sits in one of Morikawa and Damen.U.S. Open

From faction battles to attrition warfare. The US Open broke out at the US Open on Friday. Its welcome intimacy provided at least a short distraction from everything related to the withdrawal tour. All golfers in a wonderfully crowded field have a reasonable desire to win the penultimate men’s major of the year, even those who cut with chinos skin.

Just as Brookline bare his teeth, he stuck for the life that the best in the world love. Rory McIlroy needed three attempts to find the green from the thick fesk adjacent to the third putting surface. A double bogey putt modified from 22 feet by the Northern Irish could prove to be very important as this measure is rushing to a conclusion. Minimizing errors is more important than swashbacking golf in this area.

“I stayed patiently,” McIlroy said. “I thought that just hitting the ball like before would create an opportunity. Today was a really good example of just having a good attitude.”

After the fight with 69, with a par 4 under, McIlroy sits on one drift of Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen. If things could easily fill the three holes for McIlroy, he would be completely happy with this position. He is, of course, well aware of how dangerous Morikawa is. McIlroy covered 12 to 17 holes with a par 3 under. The often criticized putting was an important strength of McIlroy this week.

The 66 delivered by Morikawa was the performance of the second round. Morikawa, whose gentle approach is very beneficial in this environment, is aiming for a third big win with 11 starts. The 8th and 17th Eagle putts shot a wide range of holes from 5 feet and surprised the British Open champion, but Birdie was enough for him to edge in front of the field. Morikawa miscued the second shot to the last hole, but left the chips after that within the tap-in range. This shows that Morikawa recorded the lowest score in two rounds at the National Open. Dermen will be the only leader, but in the end a 9-foot birdie putt squeezed past the hole in agony.

US Open defending champion Jon Rahm, who played for Morikawa’s company, is lurking for a minus four. The Spaniards added 67 to 69 on the first day. Ram’s touch towards this tournament was widely overlooked.

The world’s No. 259 Hayden Buckley is an outlier for this leaderboard. Buckley was featured just by missing a cut at one of the earlier majors, the 2021 US Open. Under the show’s Buckley, four 68 consecutive rounds haven’t been overwhelmed by a sense of opportunity so far. Aaron Wise and Bohosler made a birdie from the greenside bunker on the last 9th to complete the minus 4 quintet.

Scottie Scheffler was quietly moving around before getting out of the rough in search of an eagle on the 14th. Chefler collected another shot on the 16th. That is, he occupies most of the equation with minus three. The Masters winner, Chefler, is one of the world’s top golfers, but continues to do business with minimal commotion.

“I feel like I’m under a sort of radar,” Chefler said. “I don’t feel like there’s a lot of chatting with me. Rory won last week, Tiger was on the PGA.

“I’ve been the best in the world for a while and it doesn’t really feel that way, so I’m like being just below the radar. I show up, do my own thing, and rest home can do.”

Matthew Nesmis, Brian Harman, Patrick Rodgers and Nick Hardy are in line with Schaeffler’s 54-hole score. Matt Fitzpatrick’s 70 means he’s the shy of Chefler and one of his companions. Yorkshireman lamented the poor putting performance. Sam Berns, chasing his third victory in 2022, is on par with Fitzpatrick by minus two.

Rory McIlroy makes a birdie putt in the second round. Photo: Warren Little / Getty Images

Brooks Koepka improved 6 shots on Thursday, 73rd. Even Par, he is eager to win his third victory at the National Open. “I wouldn’t come here hoping for second place,” said the typically bullish Koepka. “If you’re a good player, I want to come here and win. That’s why everyone is teeing it up. No one has the goal of making cuts.

“I’m pretty confident, but I feel everyone should be confident. People hate self-confidence, so people aren’t big fans of me.” Koepka’s cage rattles forever. Seems to be doing.

Those who missed the cut included Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland. The latter played his closing 11 holes with a 9 over par on the way to 77. Phil Mickelson also, of course, bowed early with a plus 11.

For the six big winners, once a great manipulator of public opinion, things don’t seem to be the same again. He looked like 36 holes with no joy.

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