Dustin Johnson is making it look every bit as tough as advertised. Johnson birdied his opening two holes of the second round in his bid to first make sure he had a tee time Saturday, and then try to make up ground on the lead. Tee time: 8:24 a.m. He was holding his own until the fescue ate him up on 15, then on 17, when he hit into the tall grass on the side of a steep hill and had to hit the next shot with the ball so far above his feet, he couldn't tell where it was going to go.
Schauffele double bogeyed the par-3 13th hole.
What raises immediate questions about Erin Hills is the number of players under par, even with so many top stars struggling. He's back at 1 under as he finishes his round on the front nine.
That's when he made a birdie at the par-5 18th hole. "It's the kind of golf course that if you're on point and playing well and you're in the fairways, you really feel like you can be aggressive and attack and make some birdies".
"I was thinking about that coming down the last few holes, wondering if I was close", he said. The Erin Hills course was just beginning to dry out after a wet morning, and Scott elected to get the flat stick out rather than chip from off the green, after hitting two bombs to set up the chance. It did not end well.
As bad as the Northern Irishman's day was it was still better than playing competitor world number three Jason Day, the Australian slumping to a seven-over 79 that included two triple bogeys. His third shot hooked into gnarly rough in an awkward stance above a bunker. If I don't three-putt, I shoot even.
"The biggest thing is you don't have to be aggressive too often - pars are great, sneak a birdie in when you can and avoid the big numbers". Temperatures are expected in the high 80s with little chance of rain.
Rory McIlroy signed for a 78 after joking that anyone who couldn't hit such wide fairways should pack their bags and go home. What we got was a slew of birdies, and some low scores at the top of the leaderboard after one round, with the leader sitting at -7.
There's a group of six, including Whee Kim and Talor Gooch, at 2 under.
Tournament guests at the fan central portion of Erin Hills shared their thoughts on round two of the championship.
At Erin Hills, Day, now ranked No. 3 in the world, stands to miss the weekend rounds after going 7-over, a score compounded by triple bogeys on Nos. Kaymer opened with birdie and Spieth made par.
Rickie Fowler says on Twitter on Sunday that he's going to the Olympics, and Patrick Reed said he would be joining him in Rio. Mickelson was replaced by Roberto Diaz of Mexico. With his famous father on the bag, Love IV made his pro debut, shooting a 1-under 71 at the U.S. Open to kick off his pro career. He missed the Masters in 1994 while recovering from a broken leg suffered in a skiing accident. He won't play again until the British Open.