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Radio Joe’s Round 2 Recap: Buckle up.

Joe Zenzola
June 16, 2017 - 9:36 pm
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It’s any man’s game.

Rickie Fowler had the opportunity today to give himself as much space as he could from a charging field; instead, after playing rock solid golf through 10 holes, the bogey barrage began. Fowler bogeyed three straight holes on 11, 12, 13; he parred the rest of the way…

Meanwhile, everyone wanted a piece of the lead. We have a four way tie at the top of the leaderboard between Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood, and Brooks Koepka, all of which are at -7. Then, there’s Fowler, J.B. Holmes, and Jamie Lovemark at -6. Five more players are at -5, including Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who is currently the highest ranked player (#4) in the world left in this field. Oh and by the way, he shot a bogey free 65 today (30-35). Look out for him…

There are 42 golfers under par at the U.S. Open…

Let me repeat…THERE ARE 42 GOLFERS UNDER PAR AT THE U.S. OPEN. THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AT THIS MAJOR!

Unusual is an understatement. This might be the strangest U.S. Open you will ever see...

It’s even more unusual that the three best golfers in the world, according to the World Golf Rankings, ALL MISSED THE CUT.

It’s odd that Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day are not playing on the weekend. Earlier in the week, I mentioned that these three haven’t been productive in recent weeks. Rory has battled a rib injury; Day was dealing with a bad back (and his mom is trying to recover from lung cancer); DJ played lousy at the Memorial, and also welcomed the birth of his second son.

Or they all just had bad days on the golf course…It’s golf, right? But how can you not take advantage of this fair setup by the USGA (which was fair again in Round 2) and the ideal weather conditions???

Last month at Media Day, the three architects of Erin Hills stressed that wind was going to be a significant factor in this tournament. If it wasn’t, which is pretty rare, there will be good scores. Sure enough, we’re getting just that. Winds yesterday and today were right around 10 mph.

Mike Davis of the USGA did set up some tougher pins, including the back-left location on the Par 3 9th and the front-right pin on 17 that players continued to miss short and right. The greens were a little faster, but not much. The fairways stayed soft as well. Fescue was still a problem for many players, including Lucas Glover. Along with other marshals and spectators, I helped search for his ball and luckily, we found it (but it was unplayable).

There were many scoring opportunities too. Players continued to attack all four Par 5s…

I don’t know if the USGA will make things any tougher with their setup for tomorrow. Should they? I do know that there will be storms going through the area tonight, which will soften things. There is a slight chance of a storm late in the afternoon, but otherwise, we’re going to get the same conditions as Day 1 and Day 2…Light wind and temps in the 80s…

Get ready for more birdies.

Here are some notable players to look out for tomorrow outside of the Top 10…

·     Bill Haas

·     Charley Hoffman

·     Martin Kaymer

·     Sergio Garcia

·     Justin Thomas

.     Brandt Snedeker

·     Ernie Els? That’s right…

·     And yes, Jordan Spieth. His putting continues to be lackluster, but you can’t rule him out

·     Wisconsinites Steve Stricker and Jordan Niebrugge both made the cut at +1. They play in back-to-back pairings tomorrow at 9:10 and 9:21am.

In all honesty, even the players at +1 and E could find their way back in this tournament if the leaders cannot separate themselves.

It’s going to be a lot of fun…buckle up.

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