Late second-round surge helps Jordan Spieth advance at U.S. Open

BROOKLYN, Mass. — With five birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey on 18 holes, it was a colorful scorecard, but Jordan Spieth — thanks to the last few holes — Advance weekend at the U.S. Open at the country club. on Friday.

Spieth, the 2015 U.S. Open champion, shot a flat 70 to cut by two strokes to tie for 40th at 2 over. But even late in his second round, he doesn’t seem to see that much headroom in the third round.

After an even-par front nine (Speth started on the back nine) with three birdies and three bogeys, he double-bogeyed the third hole. After his tee shot hit the deep rough to the left of the fairway and barely made a second shot, he hit the green in two more shots on the 496-yard par 4. He double-putted twice before dropping to 4 over, the final cut line.

But thanks to the par-3 fifth (thanks to an 8-foot birdie putt) and the par-5 seventh (thanks to a 207-yard approach shot 15 yards from the pin), the Jesuit graduate Seize the opportunity. 2 under par.

Will Zalatoris hits the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)(Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press)

Like Spieth, Zara Torres was late. The Dallas resident started on the back nine and shot an even-par 70 thanks to back-to-back birdies on the eighth and ninth holes. He finished at 1 under and tied for 16th.

The 25-year-old has advanced in all three majors this season. He finished tied for sixth at the Masters in April and beat Justin Thomas for runner-up at last month’s PGA Championship.

Morikawa leads the competition for the stars: Colin Morikawa opened majors twice in his career with rounds in the ’60s.

Twice — at the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2021 British Open — he went on to win.

Colin, what do you think?

“It’s a scary statistic,” he said Friday. “I mean, I’ve played 11 majors. It’s not a big enough stat to really make anything out of it, but hopefully. I’d love to make it three-on-three. Why not?”

After a 1-under 69 on Thursday, the 25-year-old shot a 4-under 66 in the second round — the best result in the tournament so far — and Climbing to the top of the leaderboard at 5 under. He is tied for first with Joel Dahmen.

World No. 7 golfer Morikawa made five birdies and only one bogey on Friday.

“Today, I thought a two-stroke score would be a very good result based on just the wind forecast, but we were lucky,” Morikawa said. The group on Friday afternoon was expected to battle thunderstorms, although Brookline was not affected by any severe weather. “I finally got a good run in the tie and it kind of calmed down a few holes, especially when we turned to the front.”

In total, 15 golfers were within three shots of the lead. The group includes world No. 3 Rory McIlroy (4-under, tied for third), world No. 2 Jon Rahm (also 4-under), world No. 1 Sri Lanka Kotty Scheffler (3 under, tied for eighth) and world No. 9 Sam Burns (2 under, tied for 13th).

Sam Bennett watched him hit the fourth hole in the first round of golf at the U.S. Open...
Sam Bennett watches as he plays in the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. hole shot. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)(Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press)

Two Texas amateurs make the cut: Texas teenager Travis Wake and Texas A&M senior Sam Bennett will both play their first majors over the weekend.

Houston native Vick shot a 1-under, even-par 69 in the first round on Friday. Bennett, a Madisonville native, also shot even par on Thursday and shot a 3-over 73 on Friday to cut by one stroke. Amateur Vick is tied for 16th so far. Bennett tied for 55th.

“I’m really excited to be here and tee off this week in my first major,” Bennett said. “My game feels good. I played well in the final round of the national team and I played well in qualifying here. I feel good out there. I’ve played three tours So yeah, it’s a grand slam, but it’s really nothing new for me.”


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