So close to Sam Burns
The American, currently down one, nearly won the second par three.
Daffue is a yo-yo
That’s because he’s back to four under par: A birdie came in the fourth after his shot found the fairway, his approach left him with a nine-foot putt and the South African sank it to meet Hadwin at the top of the lane. leaderboard.
Daffue is back at three under par
He was on the green in the second par three of regulation, but a triple (ouch!) means he missed a shot.
NJ Daffue joins Hadwin at the top of the standings
The South African has opened his second round with a birdie and moves to four under par.
Today’s pin positions
Rory McIlroy got off to a fast start
After months, weeks, days, hours of incessant debate over the rights and wrongs of the Saudi rebel series, some real golf broke out on Thursday, and it was enough of an action-packed round that people forgot, momentarily, that the sport it is wrapped in the civil war.
In recent weeks, Rory McIlroy has become the face of the anti-LIV Golf faction and yesterday two tantrums, four birdies and only the solitary bogey once again illustrated that if it’s pure box office, you want the Northern Irishman and, by extension, the PGA Tour still has it in spades. It is the second major race in which the world No. 3 has started well and after a three-under 67, he finds himself just one behind first-round leader Adam Hadwin.
McIlroy hasn’t had a race since 2014 and is focused on ending the drought at Brookline.
“It’s been eight years since I’ve won a major, and I just want to get my hands on one again,” he said after his round.
For a long time it was his performances in the early rounds of the majors that hindered him. Now McIlroy, the second great runner, is high up in the standings after 18 holes. But he will know as well as anyone that with 54 holes to go he still has a lot to do, and after the US PGA Championship the winner knows he has everything to do to win No.5.
McIlroy is tied at five for second, with Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose two for seven at two under.
A prominent name in the ranking but unknown to many is Callum Tarren. The 31-year-old from Darlington was surprised to score the same score as McIlroy. Having played on the China Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour in the US, he is not known to many in the UK, but another round like yesterday’s 67 will make people sit up and take notice.
“I’m pinching myself a little bit,” he said, after his excellent 18-hole opening.
Of the maverick golfers, Dustin Johnson was the most impressive, the American hitting a two-under 68. For leading LIV golfer Phil Mickelson, it was a day to forget. The six-time Grand Slam winner shooting a forgetful eight over 78.
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