It’s all about me
Dan Zeqiri will be your guide for the rest of the round – enjoy!
There are only seven golfers worse off than Mickelson
For now – and clearly I’m not talking about bank balances…
‘Lefty’ is over nine after bogeying the par-four 13th. He was in the perfect position off the tee, he hit a pretty decent approach just before the green, but from there he unfortunately under-hit his first putt and two putts from there.
How Duffe went to six cents
Duffe now leads by three!
This because overnight leader Adam Hadwin bogeyed the 11th by three to drop back to three under. He hit his tee shot within 28 feet but three putts away. He’s not the first, and won’t be the last, man to three-putt 11 today.
Fitzpatrick back to pennies
The Englishman hits a wonderful approach from the first cut on the 12th, which checks and leaves him with a three-footer for a birdie – he makes no mistakes and that’s where he started the day. Play partner DJ go and stay on the same number as Fitzpatrick.
The world No. 296 birdied just another birdie – his fifth in seven holes. He was pushed off the green on the seventh after a poor, short approach and now leads by two of six under.
Hovland is two pennies to four
And two pennies for the tournament.
Woe to JT
Holes 10-14 are tough holes to start with and the very likeable Justin Thomas is currently down two for the stretch. He started with a double bogey on 10, and followed that up with a bogey on short 11 – yet more proof that you don’t have to make par-threes a million yards long to make them difficult. However, he has just recovered a shot with a birdie in the 13th – thanks to this long putt – and he is currently on an over.
Daffue is loving it right now
He just made another birdie – his fourth of the round – at fifth. He stiffened his approach to within six feet and rolled into the putt for the only five-under lead.
Bogey for Fitzpatrick
He comes to the lovely short par-three 11th. He’s on the green in regulation time but a three-putt brings him down to one under.
Playing partner Dustin Johnson doesn’t get to the same 122-yard hole and he’s down to two under.
Shane Lowry starts with a birdie
At the 10th par four – that’s a great way to start and brings it down to an overhand.
His playing partners, rebels Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson, were 15-over between them yesterday, sometimes that can interfere with your turn. Let’s hope that’s not the case today.
Oosthuizen and Mickelson both parried the 10th and remain at seven and eight points respectively.
Matt Fitzpatrick’s second round is underway
And he opened with a regulation par on the 10th – on the green in two and a stress-free two-putt. It remains at two cents.
So close for Sam Burns
The American, currently at one under, almost made the par three seconds.
Daffue is a yo-yo
That’s because he’s back to four under – a birdie came on fourth after his drive found the fairway, his approach left him with a nine-foot putt and the South African sank to join Hadwin tops the leaderboard.
Daffue is back to three cents
He was on the green at par three seconds into regulation, but a three-putt (ouch) means he drops a shot.
NJ Daffue joins Hadwin at the top of the leaderboard
The South African opened his second round with a birdie and went four under.
Today’s Pin Positions
Rory McIlroy gets off to a fast start
After months, weeks, days, hours of endless debate over the rights and wrongs of the Saudi rebel series, real golf broke out on Thursday, and it was a game filled with enough action that people momentarily forget that sport is engulfed in civil war.
Over the past few weeks Rory McIlroy has become the face of the anti-LIV Golf faction and yesterday two tantrums, four birdies and just the lone bogey again illustrated that if this is pure box office you want the Northern Irish and, by extension, the PGA Tour always has it in spades. This is the second major running, the world No. 3 has started well and after a three under 67 he is only one back behind first-round leader Adam Hadwin.
McIlroy has been without a major since 2014 and is focused on ending the drought at Brookline.
“It’s been eight years since I won a major, and I just want to do one again,” he said after his round.
For so long, it was his performances in the early rounds of the majors that hampered him. Now, for the second major run, McIlroy leads the standings after 18 holes. But he knows as well as anyone that with 54 holes to go he still has a lot to do, and after the US PGA Championship a month ago, when he shot a first-round 65 but finished eighth, the four-time major winner knows that he has everything to do to win the n°5.
McIlroy is in a five-for-two tie for second, with Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose two-for-seven-for-two-under.
A prominent name in the rankings but little known to many is Callum Tarren. The 31-year-old from Darlington shocked himself by shooting the same score as McIlroy. Having played on the China Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour in the US, he’s not known to many in the UK, but another tour like yesterday’s 67 will have people sitting up and taking notice .
“I’m pinching myself a bit,” he said after his fine opening 18 holes.
Of the rebel golfers, Dustin Johnson was the most impressive, with the American shooting an under-68 score. For LIV’s most prominent golfer, Phil Mickelson, it was a day to forget. The six-time major winner shot an oblivious eight of 78.
It’s an early starter, so stick around for all the day’s action.