Chief Adam Hadwin is set to start early this morning as the second round of the US Open kicks off on Friday while Rory McIlroy and defensive back Jon Rahm may have to deal with the afternoon thunderstorms. Hadwin of Canada opened on Thursday in the National Team with a four-under par 66, his least career round in a major, to take a one-goal lead over McIlroy’s third place and another four behind 18 holes. Hadwin, the first Canadian to host the US Open since Mike Weir in 2009, has not been better than 24th in the 19 before major starts but expects more success when he starts at 8:24 am (1224 GMT) off tee 10th.
“Take a pitch. Have a number in mind and try and play. Go and hit again,” Hadwin said of his second stint on the 7,254-yard base.
“I’ve done a great job with this in the last few. It’s getting easier as I continue to play better to keep in mind.
“There is a lot of golf left and this course will only be hard.”
Hadwin made it into the field as an option when England’s Paul Casey was ruled out last week due to a back injury.
England’s Callum Tarren, Sweden’s David Lingmerth, America’s Joel Dahmen and South Africa’s MJ Daffue – with only 19 major starts between them – join four-time major champion McIlroy in the second at 67.
Daffue, in his first appearance, did not even plan to try and call for the event before entering a PGA tour site. Now he is the first starter among the top trackers, out on the other side off the first tee.
“Sometimes you have to go this route to end up in the right place,” Daffue said. “I’m really happy. I’m enjoying everything about it.”
Scattered storms and scorching winds were expected in the area while second-place McIlroy and Rahm were due to leave early in the afternoon.
Any delay means that the cut will not take place until Saturday and will set a hero limit for the site to try and complete 72 holes through the West Coast.
McIlroy, pursuing his first major title since 2014, came off a win at last week’s Canadian Open PGA. Not since 1934 has a player won the week before and then behind the US Open.
The 33-year-old from Northern Ireland made his 29th major debut in the 60s on Thursday. When he opened the majors with back-to-back rounds in the 60s, McIlroy won three times.
Top Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, trying to match Tiger Woods as the only world number to win a US Open, starts with a 70.
DJ’s 68 is the best LIV
England’s Matt Fitapatrick, who sits two yards on 68, won the 2013 American Amateur at The Country Club. The only player to win the US Open and US Amateur at the same venue was Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach.
Even at 68 with morning starts at Justin Rose of England, US Open 2013 champion, and American Dustin Johnson, 2016 US Open and Masters 2020 champion.
Johnson had the lowest score among 15 LIV Golf players in 156 points, a team that went an average of 53-over par in opening its first event against the talented PGA Tour US.
With the best bags in golf history, Saudi-backed LIV Golf has attracted players from the PGA Tour, which banned 17 current and former members from its events last week. after their first LIV debut event in England.
A regular-season LIV event offers $ 25 million in prize money, $ 7.5 million more than Open US payouts.
The US Golf Association decided to stick with the selection requirements and did not ban LIV golf players for this week, but USGA President Mike Whan warned such a move could be made in the future.
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