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US Open: Richard Bland surges into clubhouse lead at Torrey Pines

2021-06-18 21:02:36

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Richard Bland is making his second US Open look 12 years after his first

England’s Richard Bland continued a dream US Open as he surged into the clubhouse lead early in spherical two.

The 48-year-old world quantity 115 is taking part in within the occasion for under the second time and shot a four-under-par 67 to set the tempo on 5 underneath.

Bland misplaced his European Tour card two years in the past, however fought again and received his first title in his 478th occasion in Might.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau is degree par after a 68 at Torrey Pines, whereas Rory McIlroy (73) is one over.

“I’m very proud,” Bland advised Sky Sports activities.

“To steer a serious is all the time fairly particular. I tied the lead at The Open in 2017 for a gap, so it’s good to have it a bit longer than that.”

South African Louis Oosthuizen, who was amongst 36 gamers who needed to full their first rounds on Friday morning, adopted a bogey-free 67 with a 71 that featured two late birdies to depart him one adrift of Bland.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson mounted an analogous cost Bland and his 67 left him two off the tempo on three underneath, alongside world quantity three Jon Rahm, who carded a 70.

Spaniard Rahm, who led a PGA Tour occasion earlier in June by six pictures, however was compelled to withdraw after a constructive coronavirus check, might now be capable to make amends on an even bigger stage.

American Russell Henley, who accomplished his first spherical on Thursday to set the in a single day clubhouse lead on 4 underneath, is amongst Friday’s later starters in California.

Italian Francesco Molinari and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello even have late tee occasions and completed spherical one three underneath par.

Phil Mickelson will begin preventing to make the minimize on 4 over as he continues his seek for a profession Grand Slam and two-time winner Brooks Koepka begins on two underneath.

Bland takes Mickelson inspiration in fairy-tale spherical

Richard Bland
Richard Bland claimed an emotional first European Tour win in Might

Following his emotional British Masters victory, 48-year-old Bland spoke of the inspiration offered by Phil Mickelson’s latest US PGA Championship win on the age of fifty, earlier than which the American was additionally ranked one hundred and fifteenth on the planet.

“For him to go and win a event like that – he performed the very best golf, it wasn’t handed to him – was vastly spectacular,” Bland continued.

“At just about 51 years outdated, that’s in all probability among the finest {golfing}, sporting achievements of this century.”

Bland, who turned skilled in 1996, began the day one underneath after two late bogeys blighted an in any other case spectacular spherical on Thursday, however he marched forward in spherical two.

The Staffordshire-born participant seemed buoyant after two birdies within the first 4 holes, then his momentum was considerably halted by two bogeys both facet of two extra birdies.

Bland is making simply his fourth main look and on the very least will make the US Open minimize for the primary time after a nerveless again 9 that featured three birdies earlier than a bogey on his seventeenth.

“That is solely my second US Open,” Bland defined. “You continue to have the mentality to not get overly aggressive.

“Perhaps I must be a bit extra aggressive after I might be. Proper now I am comfortable the place I’m.”

Fellow Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton will hope to make an analogous cost after they begin on one underneath afterward Friday, as will Marcus Armitage when he begins on degree par.

McIlroy as soon as had his personal US Open fairy-tale – when he received the title aged simply 22 – however the San Diego course turned a little bit of a battleground for the now 32-year-old on Friday.

His was at one level simply two off the lead, however three bogeys in a row on the entrance 9 and one other three after the flip left him in some hazard of lacking the minimize.

The Northern Irishman regathered himself with two birdies earlier than the shut and his two over may present a stable platform from which to assault over the weekend. Lee Westwood is in related place after a 72 left him on one over.

DeChambeau recovers, Watson leads American problem

As a sometimes difficult US Open course, Torrey Pines obtained the higher of DeChambeau at occasions on Thursday however the 27-year-old wrestled again some management within the second spherical.

It seemed as if he too could also be susceptible to lacking the minimize when he slipped to 4 over early on, however issues picked up and the American holed a welcome eagle on his ninth gap, the 18th.

A birdie straight after urged DeChambeau was transferring in the appropriate path however he undid his personal work with two bogeys earlier than ending on a excessive as he minimize yet another shot off his rating on the ultimate gap.

Watson – whose final main title got here on the 2014 Masters – was the main American among the many early starters and he got here to life in direction of the top of his spherical with 5 birdies and two bogeys in his final seven holes.

World primary Dustin Johnson regathered his composure in direction of the top of a bogey-riddled spherical however nonetheless slipped to 2 over, whereas former champion Jordan Spieth sits simply contained in the projected minimize on 4 over and will have a birdie on the 18th to thank if he makes it to the weekend.

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