US Open Golf : is set for an enthralling finish, with some of the world’s finest golfers positioning themselves well at the halfway point of the competition.
Gary Woodland is setting the pace after two days of play at Pebble Beach, California, with his excellent six under par round on Friday putting him on nine under overall. He’s two clear of Englishman Justin Rose, who will go out with the American in the final pairing on Saturday.
It’s time for Moving Day at Pebble Beach.
The third round of the U.S. Open is underway, and a number of the game’s biggest stars are in contention to win the year’s third major. Gary Woodland held a two-shot lead at the halfway point after shooting nine-under 133 for the first two rounds—one shot lower than Tiger Woods shot when he won by 15 here in 2000—but Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka and a host of other contenders are hot on his heels.
Tiger Woods will need to make up some ground, as he sat at even par through 36 holes. Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth enter Saturday at one under, while Dustin Johnson, the pre-tournament favorite, is a two under.
If you’re a devoted fan of watching golf on TV, there are few things better than a west coast U.S. Open. On normal PGA Tour weeks — or really just any other event of the year, truly following all 18 holes for the leaders involves surrendering an entire weekend afternoon. That’s a bargain many are willing to make for big events, trading an April Sunday afternoon for a Tiger Woods Masters win is an easy transaction. Explaining to your significant other why you need to sit inside all day on a July Saturday afternoon to watch Ryan Moore stretch his lead to five at the John Deere Classic? (From experience, it’s a bit harder.)