US Open, day two as it happened

Live text commentary of the second round from Olympic Club as Tiger Woods keeps up his bid for a 15th major

16 June 2012 Last updated at 03:12

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As it happened

  1. 0305: 

    There may well be someone somewhere on the planet crouching over their laptop waiting to discover whether Kevin Streelman will birdie one of his last two holes to make the cut, but they will have to discover his fate elsewhere, we're wrapping for the night. It's going to be a crackerjack weekend, sleep tight...

  2. 0258: 

    It's a bogey for Choi on 16, the Korean grinder drops down to +3...

  3. 0251: 

    Schwartzel bogeys the last and the 2010 Masters champion is in with a 70 for three over overall and four off the lead. Australia's Presnell rocking and rolling down the front nine, but mainly rocking - double at one, bogeys at three and five, back to +4 with three to play.

  4. 0247: 

    Marc Warren of Scotland is five over through 13 and should be around this weekend, which is a fine achievement in his maiden major. Korea's YE Yang could do without dropping anything over the last three holes, he's right on the cut mark at +8. As I write, he's dropped one at 16...

  5. 0239: 

    Davis Love in with a 74, he'll be here at the weekend - but he better set his alarm early. Harrington in for par at the last and a round of 70, the Irishman very much in the hunt going into the final two days, just five shots off the lead.

  6. 0237: 

    Harrington with a peach of a bunker escape on 18, that should disappear for a par and a round of 70. Schwartzel just misses with his eagle attempt on 17 but taps in for birdie to climb to +2 and three off the lead. Toms in for a par at the last, a round of 70 and a share of the overnight lead on one under par.


    Tiger Woods: "It's rough out there, it's some kind of fast. The greens are no easy matter, they're getting dicey.

    "I feel good about what I'm doing. All the work I've been doing with Sean [coach Sean Foley] is finally starting to pay off. But we've got a long way to go."

  8. 0231: 

    Padraig finds the bunker to the right of the 18th green... here's Goosen for birdie on seven and the two-time champion makes it to get to +6, the South African very much here at the weekend.

  9. 0230: 

    Toms' birdie effort on 17 breaks too soon and he stays one under. Here he is down the last and the metronomic former PGA champion chimes his drive down the middle. Birdies at 13 and 14 for Freddie Jacobsen, the Swede now three off the lead.

  10. 0222: 

    Simon Dyson of Yorkshire will be here this weekend after two rounds of 74. Here's Padraig Harrington on 17, chance for a birdie after a neat chip on. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel carving out a very decent round - two birdies, two bogeys, he's +3 through 16.

  11. 0216: 

    Mickelson squeezes in that birdie putt on 18 and he's safely negotiated his way into the weekend - a 71 for +7 overall. Bubba also with a 71, but the Masters champion will miss out at +9. Woods in for a level-par 70, he leads on one under, alongside Jim Furyk and David Toms, who has two to play.

  12. 0212: 

    PGA champion Keegan Bradley chips in on the par-four fifth to get to five over par and six off the lead. Woods in a head-high bunker on 18... sweet as a nut, stiffs it to within a few feet. Choi for birdie on 14, left himself with plenty of chicken on the bone for par. Bubba can't hole that escape, he's toast.

  13. 0209: 

    Mickelson pulls out a plum at just the right time, and he might even make birdie from there, the guts of the 18th green. Bubba finds a trap, he probably needs to stick that in from there. Woods finds the trap directly in front.

  14. 0205: 

    Woods screams another one down there on 18, he really is hitting the ball a treat this week, to the extent that I'd actually be surprised if he doesn't win this thing. Mickelson down the middle, too, he really needs to make par at the last or he's toast.

  15. 0204: 

    Toms' ball running scared of the hole on 16, he can't grab the outright lead either. Harrington makes a four-foot birdie on 16 to get to four over, only five shots off the lead. Toms makes his par, as you were at the top...

  16. 0200: 

    Mickelson has made hardly anything these last two days and another one slides by on 17. Watson leaves his eagle putt short but should tap in to scramble to +9, probably needing a birdie on 18 to make it to the weekend. Woods' birdie effort doesn't come back, he stays tied for the lead.

  17. 0157: 

    Jacquelin finishes his second round and will go into the weekend +3 and four off the lead. Fellow Frenchman Gregory Havret, remember, took Graeme McDowell to the wire at Pebble Beach two years ago. Some shot from Woods, absolute stunner of a recovery to give hm a chance of a birdie on 17. Choi bends in a birdie putt on 13 and gets back to +2. Closing two for overnight leader Thompson, round of 75, only two off the lead.

  18. 0150: 

    Choi lets a shot go on 12, last year's Players champion drops back to three over and into a share of 10th. Mickelson out of the frying pan and into the fire on the 17th, Lefty dicing with death at the moment, he can't afford to drop anything here. Woods cutting in an iron... looks great, but it's got too much heat on it and spits over the back and into a divot at the bottom of the slope. Better from Bubba, just short of the green.

  19. 0145: 

    Michael Thompson led overnight on four under and while he has slipped through the field - he's now +2 after 16 second-round holes - he's only three off the lead. Double for bogey on the first for Presnell, his 11th, he'll drop back to +2.

  20. 0142: 

    Watson on tee on 17, 522 yards to go - larrups it down there with that big pink stick of his... Woods with a three wood and he stings it down there... Mickelso gives hmiself no chance of reaching the green in two, finding the rough with his tee shot. Toms in for par on 15, stays -1 and in a share of the lead.

  21. 0139: 

    Hossler makes bogey on his last hole, but that's a very creditable 73 for three over overall. The 17-year-old will be heading out late tomorrow. Woods missed that birdie effort on 16 and Mickelson also misses on the left.

  22. 0134: 

    A huge swath of players still out there on six, seven and eight over, sitting just above the projected cut, which is eight over par. Davis Love, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley are +6, Mickelson and Zach Johnson +7, Goosen at +8. Woods with a decent sand escape on 16, chance for birdie.

  23. 0128: 

    Andy Zhang, the 14-year-old kid from Florida via Beijing, is doing OK - six over through 13, +15 overall. Which sounds horrible, but there are some illustrious names below, including Miguel Angel Jimenez. Bubba with driver off the turf on 16 - not something I'd recommend - and he finds the trap front left. Woods in the bunker opposite, here's Toms on 14, beautifully-judged birdie attempt which finishes a few feet long.

  24. 0120: 

    Woods screws a doozy down the 16th with his driver, as does Mickelson. Two birdies in a row for Presnell of Australia on 16 and 17, he's one off the lead at level par. He's got a long-ranger for birdie on 18, but has left himself a nasty one for par. Hossler with a chip-in for birdie on seven, the young man back to +2.

  25. 0116: 

    Woods for par at 15, a four-foot knee-knocker... straight down the pipe... Bubba in for birdie to get to +10, Mickelson in for par to stay +7. Toms makes a birdie putt disappear on 13 to join Woods and Furyk in a share of the lead on -1.

  26. 0110: 

    Harrington dropped a shot at nine but is still chugging away on four over through 12. Molinari needs to get the spanner set out, his wheels are starting to come off - four over today through 10, the Italian back to +5 with the hardest part of the course to negotiate.

  27. 0107: 

    Presnell makes birdie on 17 to get to level and one off the lead. Looks like Hossler could let another one go on six, the teeth of the course starting to chew the youngster. WE'VE GOT A NEW GOLF CHANT! "LIGHT THE CANDLE!" Tiger did indeed light the candle, whatever that means, finding the front of the green. Bubba doesn't so much light a candle as ignite a flame-thrower, all over the pin with his tee shot.

  28. 0101: 

    Mickelson could do with something happening here but nothing does, that birdie putt on 14 racing by the cup. Scotland's Marc Warren, in his first ever major championship, bends one in on seven to get to +6. Toms for birdie on 12 and a share of the lead... doesn't hit it, stays level and third overall.


    BBC Radio 5 live golf producer Graham McMillan on Twitter: "A stat for you. The Open last year was the first time the worlds 1+2 missed the cut at a major. Today will be the second time."

  30. 0055: 

    Presnell with a scrurrier onto the 17th green, the US Open debutant has that long-range eagle putt for a share of the lead. Woods on 14, putting from Washington State... cosies it up, taps in for par.

  31. 0053: 

    Mickelson isn't so much flirting with the cut line, he's about ready to climb into bed with it at seven over. But that's a neat second into the heart of the 14th green. Woods cutting his second on to the front, the wind took that.

  32. 0052: 

    This is a KJ kind of course and Choi is putting together a very neat round - six pars, a birdie, another par, the Korean +2 and three off the lead. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is still in this, the South African remains three over through 10.


    Luke Donald on Twitter: "Chuffed to bits about the MBE, cheers for all the messages, I better start playing better in the majors otherwise they might take it away:)"


    Dave in Aberdeen asks via text: "Given that both McIlroy and Donald have missed the cut, can Woods now return to world no. 1 if he wins this week?" Alas not, David.

  35. 0049: 

    Many thanks Hodgo, Ben Dirs is indeed back in the chair. Another shot gone for Hossler, although that was a pretty good curling effort from miles out on five. Tiger on 14 and he drills a long iron 280 yards down the fairway. Who needs a driver when you can hit irons as long as that? Toms makes birdie at 11 to climb back to level. Michael Thompson has nicked a shot back on four to climb back to +1.

  36. 0044: 

    Woods stalks his birdie chance on 13. Stands over it in dappled shade, pause, firm the hole. Tied at the top with Furyk at one under. And with that, Ben Dirs is back in the chair to take you through to the end. Night.

  37. 0037: 

    That's a peach, hun. Tiger strokes a seven iron to within feet on the 13th. Hossler, in trouble in sand on another fairway while playing the fifth, takes on a glory shot through trees and pulls off a cracker to get back onto the right fairway.

  38. 0030: 

    Luke Donald has been made MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Donald became the first golfer to top both the European and PGA Tour money lists last year and has had 48 weeks as world number one since first achieving that honour in May 2011.

    "I am truly honoured to be awarded an MBE by Her Majesty, particularly in her Jubilee year," Donald said.

    "Both 2011 and 2012 have been very significant years for me, both personally and professionally, and I am touched that my accomplishments have been recognised in this way."

  39. 0025: 
    That's ugly!

    Beau dear. Double bogey for Hossler on the fourth after tangling with trees on the left. Back to +1.

  40. 0015: 

    Woods leaves his approach to the 11th a long way short of the pin. Mickleson too. Phil putts first and sticks it to inches. Tiger's stops shorter. Pars both. Overnight leader Michael Thompson is six over for the day after 12, +2 overall. Hossler in trouble in trees to left of fourth.

  41. 0008: 

    Woods spanks another missile down 11 with his driver. Beau jangles a decent birdie chance holewards on three but it slips past. Makes the tiddler coming back.

  42. 2358: 

    Hossler bogeys the second via the sand to slip back alongside Furyk at one under. Woods rolls a beauty at the cup on 10 and the raised putter says it all. Birdie time and back to level par.

  43. 2356: 

    Watson's iron off the 10th tee goes 307 yards and then he falls short with his wedged second. Woods produces a brilliant second, landing it short and feeding it on...looks brilliant until it just keeps rolling about 15ft past.

  44. 2349: 

    Woods, Mickelson and Watson all par the ninth and move on. Woods takes another driver on the 10th and unleashes merry hell, not bothering to watch it land. Watson, totally out of character, takes an iron and still tonks it miles.

  45. 2346: 

    Rory McIlroy, speaking after carding 73 to end 10 over: "Obviously I'm disappointed. It wasn't the way I wanted to play. I left myself with a lot of work to do after yesterday's round, and to be honest overall I don't feel like I played that badly for the last two days."

    He added: "We're not used to having to land balls before the edge of the greens to let them run on. It's just something that you have to adjust to in this tournament. I wasn't able to do that very well this week."

  46. 2340: 

    Driver for Woods off the ninth tee and he thumps a good one down there. Pitches up and it bounces past the hole before checking. Mickelson and Watson both on in two. Hossler, by the way, is from Rancho Santa Margarita in California and missed the cut in his first US Open last year.

  47. 2334: 

    Wowsers. What you were you doing when you were 17? Beau Hossler has birdied the first, his 11th, to lead the US Open at two under.

  48. 2330: 

    Mickelson feeds a beauty of a chip into a couple of feet from the rough to the left of the eighth green. Makes his par. Woods, from 20-ish feet, leaves it short. He'll tap in for par. Watson drops another one to slide to eight over.

  49. 2325: 

    Hatless Englishman Robert Rock chips in on the fifth to go back to seven over.

  50. 2324: 

    Mickelson and Watson miss the eighth green to the left, Woods finds the meat of it.

  51. 2317: 

    Turns out Woods got a break from the sand and his ball actually bounced into the middle of the bunker with a decent lie. He splashes out to about 10ft. He settles over it and takes his time but it slides past the right lip and races a long way past. The par putt coming back lips out, too. That's three bogeys in a row and he's now one over. Ouch.

    Mickelson's eagle putt comes up the hill, over a ramp and to a couple of feet. Birdie for Phil to get back to seven over. Edging away from the cut.

  52. 2309: 
    That's ugly!

    Tiger Woods on driveable par-four seventh - and he's stuck it into the left bunker, right under the lip to boot. Oops. Mickelson finds the putting surface, Watson misses right.

  53. 2305: 

    I'm taking a break, Rob Hodgetts with you for a short while...

  54. 2303: 

    Jacquelin climbs to +1 after making that birdie on 17, as Woods lets one go on six to drop back to level. Hossler rams that par putt in, he stays tied with Thompson and Furyk for the lead on one under. Mickelson slides to +8 after another bogey at six, flirting outrageously with the cut line...

  55. 2302: 

    Raphael Jacquelin of France has got something going, birdie at 15 and now a cute pitch at 17, chance for another one. Woods has had a terrible break on six - the ball is about thigh height - but that's a pretty good shot from there, even though he's left himself a monster for par. Hossler for birdie on 18, from about 20 feet... pretty good, should make the par putt coming back to stay one under.

  56. 2256: 

    Hossler is into a tie for the lead after birdie at 17, his ninth, while Thompson misses with his birdie effort on 16. Francesco Molinari makes a biggun disappear! Birdie on 11 for the Italian, he's back to +1. Tiger has got a horror shot coming up after his second at six scrags on the collar of a bunker, no idea how he's going to play that, unless he's got a snooker cue on his bag.

  57. 2250: 

    Thompson with his third into the par-five 16th, this hole boasting 670 yards this week, and that's a decent effort. Watson has absolutely spangled that drive down six, it's carried the bunker and carried on about 30 yards down the fairway. Remarkable, he had to fly that 320 yards, even Woods looks amused.

  58. 2244: 

    Webb Simpson, world ranked 14, is still very much in the pack, being as he is +1 through three. Get in there Paddy! Harrington drains a crackerjack from miles out to get to +3, or so I believe. We were only just chatting about the fact there are no hatless golfers any more, and Robert Rock of England appears on our screens, titfer-less and struggling after bogeys at one and two.

  59. 2241: 

    Woods squirts that par putt right and falls back into a share of the lead at one under, Karlsson double bogeys the second to slip back to +2. Hossler has now parred the first eight - remember, this kid's 17...

  60. 2238: 

    Peach of an escape by Woods, should make that par. Thompson made birdie at 15 and clatters his drive down 16, the overnight leader back to -1 and one off the lead. Mickelson doesn't hit his birdie putt on five, stays seven over.

  61. 2232: 

    Harrington for par at the third and he makes that nasty little four-footer to stay +4. Mickelson with 245 yards left on the par-four fifth and that's a doozy, curling to within 10 feet of the cup. Woods has leaked his approach right into the sand.


    Graeme McDowell on Twitter: "Another hard day out there. I'd be lying if I told you that I'm enjoying myself, but where else on the golfing planet would I rather be?"

  63. 2228: 

    Toms with a good up-and-down at the second, he stays level. Thompson all over the pin at the par-three 15th, he needed that. At the risk of repeating myself, Hossler has made it seven straight pars... Toms for par at three, great saver from eight feet...


    Jim Furyk, the 2003 champion, after shooting 69 to end one under: "I'm obviously happy, I feel great about the 69. You have to realise at the US Open that par is a really good score and you're going to make some bogeys."


    Luke Donald, after rounds of 79, 72 to end 11 over: "It was a little better today, but little consolation obviously. I think I missed nine putts inside 10 feet yesterday and just couldn't get the feel for the greens, the reads, the speed.

    "And if I had putted a little bit better yesterday I could have ground out a score today and maybe been somewhere decently placed for the weekend. But it wasn't to be and I'm trying to learn from it and come back stronger next time."

  66. 2223: 

    Hossler is the first high school player since the early 1950s to qualify for consecutive US Opens and had a practice round with Mickelson earlier this week. Lefty's advice? "Conservative lines and aggressive swings". Robert Karlsson of Sweden is on course and has parred the first to stay level. Thompson back to level after bogey at five, his challenge melting into the San Francisco haze...

  67. 2218: 

    Mickelson rolls his 50-footer to within a couple of feet, Toms squeezes in his par putt on two. Woods leaves his racy one just short but should chase it in for par. Thompson settled the ship on his fifth to stay one under, a single stroke behind Tiger.

  68. 2215: 

    Toms with his second into two, dressed in orange and beige, he looks like a 1970s kitchen. Woods bang-middle at the fourth and his second is bang-middle on the green - I think we can safely say Woods is back... Mickelson on as well, as Hossler just misses with his birdie attempt on seven.

  69. 2211: 

    Padraig of Ireland has parred the first and remains four over. Andy Zhang, the 14-year-old boy-man-thing, has kicked off with two straight pars and stays +9. Woods must have been all over the flag with his tee shot at three, he only had a four-footer for the bird...

  70. 2205: 

    ... Woods has grabbed the outright lead, birdie at the par-three third...

  71. 2204: 

    Toms has dropped one at the first to leave a three-way tie for the lead, although something tells me it will be a one-way tie for the lead by the end of the day - Woods, and particularly Thompson, will do well to stay there as the course hardens up and the wind gets gusting.

  72. 2157: 

    Hossler makes it five successive pars, some big names who are likely tobe going home after today include, Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, world number one Luke Donald and former champions Lucas Glover, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Campbell and, of course, Rory McIlroy. Double-bogey for Thompson on 12, we have a four-way tie for the lead - Thompson, Woods, Toms and Furyk, but only Furyk has his feet up in the clubhouse.

  73. 2152: 

    Woods makes that par putt to stay one under and two off the lead, but he might be about to become joint leader, depending on the mopping-up job Thompson does on the 12th, his fourth...

  74. 2150: 

    Woods with a cute wedge on two, pace almost perfect, five-footer for par. Thompson with his third on four and the leader is imploding - poor tee shot and now he knifes a wedge into the sand...

  75. 2144: 

    Leader Thompson on the 12th tee and this time he's pushed it right. Woods with his second on two, 172 out of the second cut... just left, but short of the sand. Mickelson, currently +7, with a nine iron and that's decent enough. Blake Adams just misses with a lengthy birdie attempt on 17, stays +1.

  76. 2140: 

    Rickie Fowler in with a 76, which constitutes a good recovery, he was going badly out of shape at one point- eight over for the tournament, he should be here at the weekend... just.

  77. 2135: 

    Thompson putting from the apron on three... can't make it, our leader drops to -3. Woods chucks in that par putt on one, stays -1. Hossler has strung together four successive pars, the 17-year-old stays level, three off the lead.

  78. 2132: 

    Tiger for birdie at the first... and that is some effort from there, that went three different ways before coming to rest a few feet from the hole. Bubba's birdie putt slides about eight feet by...

  79. 2128: 

    Els with a fine clutch putt on 18 for a round of 69 and four over overall, the two-time winner would have the record for the longest gap between US Open titles, at 15 years, were he to triumph this week. Hunter Mahan, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, in with a 71 for three over overall.

  80. 2121: 

    Leader Thompson just misses with his birdie attempt on two, he's uncowed and creating early chances...

  81. 2120: 

    Poults can put his feet up after a grafter's round of 75, the Englishman still in it at five over par. Some big guns about to explode back on the first and here's Mickelson leading off with a booming drive down the middle. Woods next on tee, carving one round the corner and into the middle of the fairway. Masters champion Bubba Watson, with that pink wand of his, chases them down there and gobbles them both up.


    Graeme McDowell on Sky Sports, after shooting 69, 72: "Today wasn't bad either. It's difficult to play this golf course starting on the ninth and finishing with the toughest stretch. I bogeyed three of the last four which is a little disappointing. What I'm doing is making a lot of birdies, relatively, for a US Open. I hung in well with my putter, but maybe didn't hit the ball quite as well. But the course is set up as difficult if not more difficult.

    "Level par is going to be very close to the number this week. They can really protect this golf course. It was noticeably softer this morning but as we were finishing they got firmer and started to bake out. I'll be watching with interest this afternoon."

  83. 2115: 

    Kuchar with his second into 18 and that's a peach, he could make birdie from there to get to two over. Dufner for birdie on 17, the understated one gets to +3. Stricker for birdie from eight feet on 18 and he drains it for a 68, the best round of the day - and it could still be six hours from now.

  84. 2110: 
    That's ugly!

    Players champion Matt Kuchar is holding things together, three over through 17, three over overall. Miguel Angel Jimenez, I'm sorry to say, is not: the cigar-chomping Spaniard carded an 81 on Thursday and despite returning birdies at 17 and 18, he's 18 over with three to play.

  85. 2107: 

    Michael Thompson with a long-ranger for birdie on his first hole, decent effort, stays four under. News of 17-year-old schoolboy Beau Hossler, who kicked off with a phenomenal level-par 70 on Thursday - he remains level after two second-round holes.

  86. 2104: 

    Justin Rose so unlucky - or lucky, whichever way you want to look at it - hitting the stick with a sand escape at 18. Garcia still very much in it after a second-round 71m the Spaniard +4 overall, alongside Nick Watney, who carded a 75. Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer in with a 71 for +5, eight over looking like it might be the cut at the moment.

  87. 2100: 

    Ian Poulter struggling to keep the wheels on down the back straight, he's +5 for his round after another bogey at 16. Spare a thought for Brian Rowell of the United States - playing in his first US Open, he had a first-round 86 and is 11 over for his second through 17. Furyk in with a 69 to go with his frist-round 70, the 2003 champion one under and likely to be in the final group tomorrow. McDowell, champion in 2010, in with a 71 for level overall.

  88. 2055: 

    Furyk has the eye of the tiger today, he's making long, wistful love to every shot he hits, and his tee shot on eight, his final hole, is just high of the hole. McDowell with four iron and he's just over the back, huge putt coming back across marble.

  89. 2052: 

    Jack Nicklaus said yesterday morning that the winner of this year's tournament would come from the Westwood, McIlroy, Donald group. Defending champion McIlroy is gone, world number one Donald is gone - but world number three Lee Westwood is right in the blender for the weekend. Leader Michael Thompson on the first and he's skewed his tee shot right...

  90. 2050: 

    Furyk getting those sharp elbows going and he's now the only player in his half of the draw under par after birdie on 16. McIlroy misses with that birdie effort on eight... glory be, he's missed the three-footer coming back and left himself a seven-footer for bogey, looks like the defending champion is about to be beheaded by the cut... shot gone for Westwood, a 72, +5, very much still in it. McIlroy makes that putt but he's +10 and out of it.

  91. 2047: 

    Poulter now, for birdie on 16... doesn't hit it, stays +4. McDowell with a monster for birdie on seven and he's left himself an eight-footer for par. Here's Westwood with that horror shot on eight - fine effort, to within 10 feet, that for a round of 71.

  92. 2043: 

    McIlroy with a peach of a tee shot on the 192-yard eighth, his final hole. Westwood with an iffy swing, pushed short and right, good luck getting up and down from there. Colsaerts in with a one-under 69 for +1 overall, the Belgian scenting a Ryder Cup spot later this year.

  93. 2040: 

    Watney makes birdie on the 17th to get to +3, McIlroy drains that birdie effort coming back to climb to +9, Westwood makes a safe par. Blake Adams for birdie on 13, having let one go on 12, and he makes a big left-to-righter to be level again.

  94. 2034: 

    Furyk, 'The Grinder', unfurls that snake of a swing of his and comes up short and left on seven. McDowell with the big stick and he's cut it into the trees off to the right, the Norn Iron man struggling to hold things together. McIlroy's curling eagle putt on seven misses left and dribbles about eight feet past...

  95. 2029: 

    Justin Rose of England for par on 16... 10-footer, doesn't commit and he drops to +4. Nick Watney with his second at 17 - albatross yesterday but he makes a horrible mess of this one, that's 20 feet away, eagle at best from there...

  96. 2026: 

    Westwood missed the dancefloor off the tee on seven, as does Donald. Not sure what's happened to Donald's game, it's been a chastening two days for the world number one. McDowell's par putt on six lips out, the 2010 champion back to level.

  97. 2023: 

    Colsaerts of Belgium for birdie on eight, his final hole, and he comes up just short. But he's +1 overall and right in the mix. Fine bunker escape by McDowell, gives himself a chance of par on six after that iffy tee shot. McIlroy having a slash at the pin off the tee on seven... what a shot, chance of an eagle.

  98. 2021: 

    Rickie Fowler had a creditable 72 yesterday but kicked off with a triple today, doubled eight and is currently 10 over. Just when you thought you had this course licked... Furyk from the sand on six, the only fairway trap on the course... great shot, into the heart of the green.

  99. 2018: 

    Two-time champion Ernie Els has let two shots go on three and four to drop back to +4, world number one Luke Donald has dropped another on six and is now +11 and more than likely to be missing the weekend.

  100. 2015: 

    Blake Adams of the United States is two under for his round through 11 and level overall, four birds between seven and 11. Westwood with a 20-footer for par on six and that's a great saver, Westwood still right in this. Poulter on the par-three 15th... decent enough...

  101. 2011: 

    Westwood from bang centre on six - good swing but is skips through the back. McIlroy safely on, the defending champion, currently +10, struggling to make it to the weekend. Garcia starts his tee shot miles right on six, hits a branch and his ball comes straight down 100 yards down the fairway. McDowell squirts his tee shot right, John Peterson in with a 70 to go with his first-round 71.

  102. 2006: 

    Many thanks Hodgo, Ben Dirs sliding into the seat now and here's McDowell jabbing out of the green-side cabbage on five - fine shot, it's finished 15 feet past. Justin Rose drains a longun at the par-three 15th to get back to +3, McDowell lets one go to drop back to -1.

  103. 2000: 

    Just over an hour until Messrs Woods, Mickelson and Watson come out to play (21:18 BST). And with that, I'll leave you in the esteemed hands of Mr Ben Dirs. Laters.

  104. 1957: 

    Best player on the course right now? Ernie Els, three under for the round, two over for the tournament after nine. Won in 1994 and 1997.

  105. 1953: 

    Lee Westwood raises his arms in mock delight and does an ironic uppercut after draining a good sized one on the fifth to get back to four over.

  106. 1949: 

    Poulter short of the 12th green and watches in agony as his par putt lips out. Back to four over. Another bogey for Rose on 13, down to three over. Hunter Mahan fighting back well from that triple on six with birdies on 11 and 13 to inch to two over. That's slap bang still in this. Only five men under par - Thompson, Woods, McDowell, Furyk, Toms.

  107. 1935: 

    Rarer than the sun in Britain currently, Luke Donald makes a birdie. Back to, wait for it, 10 over. At this rate, he'll have to cancel his weekend plans and turn up again tomorrow morning. Doh.

  108. 1930: 

    Here comes a mover. Two, in fact. Jim Furyk, winner in 2003, drains a good 'un on the third to climb to one under. McDowell follows him to edge back to two under.

    From BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: "Maybe in an Olympic year the Olympic Club winner will be an Olympia Fields champion. Jim Furyk looking very well suited to this test."

  109. 1928: 

    Uh oh. Another bogey for Donald at the third, slips further away to 11 over. He's the best player in the world, you know. To be fair, he might only miss the cut (top 60 and ties) by a couple at this rate. McIlroy also bogeys the third and is now nine over. And just for kicks, so did Westwood to go +4. Peter Lawrie also +11, Lee Slattery +12

  110. 1923: 

    More on the "is the US Open too hard?" debate. From Blair, St Neots GC via text: "I think most prefer the birdie golf courses where the winner shoots around 10 under. Think this course has been set up a little too hard considering the weather there, we don't talk about Zach johnsons 1 over par at Augusta, we talk about Rory's 261 (?) last year.. A little too hard?" Not if you ask Michael Thompson.

  111. 1913: 

    Poulter slides in a cute one for par on 10 to arrest a run of two straight bogeys and stay three over. A wry smile plays upon his face. Westwood, Donald and McIlroy all par the first and second. Rose three over for the day, two over for the tournament after 10.

  112. 1903: 

    McDowell makes a very important par putt on the first, his 11th, to slip back to one under. Bogeys are ok, just no doubles. Repeat, ad nauseam...

  113. 1858: 

    So Westwood bogeyed 18 and is back to three over going into the treacherous front six having started on the ninth (if you didn't catch it yesterday, they start at nine, not 10 'cos it's near the clubhouse.) Playing partners McIlroy and Donald still +8 and +10- respectively.

  114. 1855: 

    From Alex McIntyre on Twitter: "Go on Gmac, when Gmac wins a US Open, Europe wins the Ryder Cup."

    From Stephen Buckley on Twitter: "I know the PGA want to test the pros but golf seems to be the loser here. Pros and fans alike not got much to smile about." Absorbing, though, innit?

  115. 1850: 

    Bogey for Justin Rose on nine so unfortunately the Hampshireman with the South African/US lilt is back to two over. Poulter, staunchly English of voice despite his spangly new mansion in Florida, also drops a shot at the eighth and is two over alongside Garcia, who swears in Spanish as I write, and Ernst Stavro BlofEls. See what I've done there? He's -3 for the day, too.

  116. 1845: 

    Hardest hole on the course so far overall? The 520-yard par-four first, with an average of 4.5625. The sixth is the second hardest, the fifth the third most difficult. Big daddy - or the 670-yard par-five 16th as its known - ranks fourth at 5.4754. Easiest? 522-yard par-five 17th at 4.7709. You've been statted. And it's nice and sunny. Hence the icon.

  117. 1842: 

    Martin Laird fans - yer man is on the up with birdies at 15 and the monster-long 16th to inch his way back to five over after eight holes. Shot 77 on Thursday.

  118. 1837: 

    McDowell misses the birdie chance on 18 but slots home the one coming back to stay two under. From Andy in Bangor, Co Down via text: "Let's hope G-mac can make it 3 in a row for northern Irish golfers! Can't wait to see them play at Royal Portrush at end of month!"

  119. 1835: 

    McDowell, confident in his salmon pink strides, wields that quirky swing to good effect and fires a decent one into about 12ft at 18. England's Lee Slattery, by the way, has dropped three shots in his first five holes and is 12 over, while Ireland's Peter Lawrie is 11 over.

  120. 1818: 

    A little recap, then - Westwood one under for the day and up to two over after nine, though in a spot of trouble with rough in front of 18. Rose two over for the day, one over for the tournament after seven. Poulter slips to one over after six but has a birdie chance on seven and McDowell showing he may be a bit of a US Open specialist at two under after eight. Who else? Ah yes, McIlroy one over for the day, +8 overall after nine. And Donald is one over for his round, 10 over for the tournament after nine.

  121. 1813: 

    Evening all. Let's kick off with a little gee up for the home boys. From Stephen Hanneffy on Twitter: "A bit of me thinks if Justin Rose can put in a solid round today he has the game currently to see him to the win. #comeonrose"

    And here's old Jamie Hockin on Twitter: "There is an air about him this week saying he may just do it this time.. Hope so. @WestwoodLee #bbcgolf"

  122. 1807: 

    Rose out the bunker on seven and he's on the top ridge and that's a 20-footer for par. McDowell looking anxiously after his drive on the par-five 17th but that stays on the fairway. Westwood up near the green and he putts that a couple of feet short - he'll have that for par. Time for me to move on. I'll leave you in the capable hands of Rob Hodgetts for the next couple of hours. See you for more on Saturday.

  123. 1804: 

    Westwood short of the par-five 17th with his third after missing the fairway with his tee shot. Garcia back on 16 races his birdie putt the same length past but that's a good one back for par - the Spaniard annoyed with himself though.

  124. 1801: 

    Up steps McDowell on 16 and that is supber from the Northern Irishman. Straight in the middle of the cup and he is on his own at two under par. Mahan takes out his frustrations on the short par-four seventh smashing his ball through the back of the green. Rose finds the bunker with his drive. Colsaerts has been quietly going about his business and he knocks in a birdie on 18 - his third in 10 holes to get to level par.

  125. 1756: 

    Furyk from 245 yards with his third shot on the monster 16th and that skips up the fairway and nestles in a greenside bunker. Mahan leaves a second chip in the rubbish and then flops his fifth effort onto the green. Horrible first putt though and his second catches the edge and he's in for a triple-bogey seven. McDowell, black jumper, pink pants, looking like a dolly mixture, in a good spot on the 16th, 115 yards or so to go with his third shot, obligatory divot and that screws back nicely to leave a dozen feet for another birdie. Rose makes his par with a good two-putt.

  126. 1750: 

    Westwood's birdie putt is off and running, and running, past the hole and that's two, three, four feet past - another twitchy one for par but that's a solid putt. Hunter Mahan in a bit of bother on six. Ball resting in the rough, just off a path, lots of spectators being incredibly trusting standing that close and he makes a hash of that and leaves it in the deep stuff.

  127. 1747: 

    Westwood from the rough to the right of the green on 16 with his third shot and that skips on through and past the hole, coming to rest 20 feet past on the back edge and he'll have that for a birdie coming back. McIlroy eyeing up a monster birdie putt from the front edge and that pulls up a couple of feet short. Over on five and Poults is out the bunker and that's a great par-save from a dozen feet.

  128. 1743: 

    Here's Poulter on five from the first cut of rough and he's pushed that into the greenside bunker and short-sided himself. One hole ahead on six and Rose comes up a fraction short with his approach, tough two-putt for par coming up. McIlroy bends his third round the trees on the 16th but that is also short

  129. 1736: 

    Big cheers on 15 and they are for...McDowell. The 2010 Champion judges his putt to perfection and that's a tremendous birdie to get back to one under. Furyk with a big chance to also pick up a shot and he confidently strokes that in and he's up to level par. Westwood pounds his drive on the par-five 16th right down the middle. Top shot that. Lee looking good out there today.

  130. 1735: 

    This course is just plain brutal today. Apart from McDowell on level par, every other golfer out on the course is over par. Here's Donald in pristine white trousers on the long 16th and he's not liking that and with good reason as it ends up in the long stuff.

  131. 1732: 

    Furyk, playing with McDowell and Garcia has the honour on the 143-yard 15th. The players can't see the bottom of the flag from the tee but an excitable crowd tells the American he's close and that rolls three feet by. Garcia flicks his to almost the same spot as Westwood, who got down in two for par, moments earlier. McDowell walking after his ball - he likes this, but it holds the green and spins back near Rory country.

  132. 1728: 

    Top putt from Rors who knocks in the par putt. Patience is the watchword remember. But that's a shocker from Donald - he's missed the birdie putt by a mile and has a par putt of a simlar distance from the other side now. Awful putt. Delicate from Rose from out of the greenside rough on five and that flops only a couple of feet in front of him but rolls stone dead - but he's dropping one there.

  133. 1725: 

    McIlroy with a tough putt on 15, putting over the shoulder of the bunker and he can't get that putt started far enough left and it dribbles to a halt some 10 feet - tough par putt coming up for the defending champ. Here's McDowell back on 14, resplendent in pink pants, and that's curling, curling, curling, ohhhh, it's an inch too low and it misses to the right. Garcia across the green from five feet closer, straight up the hill and he misses just left, tap-in pars though.

  134. 1723: 

    Here's Donald on the short 15th - "stay right" he implores his ball and it obeys, landing softly and finishing five feet from the pin - a little too late maybe? Westwood up next and his pulls up 20 feet short, but that's another birdie opportunity. Rose hacks out the cabbage but he can't reach the green from there. Poulter on in regulation on the fourth but that's a long, long, long birdie putt.

  135. 1720: 

    Peter Lawrie finding the opening five holes tough - a double and three bogeys surround a par on the third and he's sliding to nine over. Rose off the tee on the fifth and that's heading off way left and through the trees - may get lucky with the lie though. Rickie Fowler in an all-white number drops three shots on the first to go to five over. McDowell and Garcia find the green with their second to 14.

  136. 1716: 

    Pete from Stockport, via text on 81111: "As much as I hate to say it, Donald will never win a major in the US as he is just not long enough. Westy and Rors were getting 30 to 40 yds on him off the tee. It makes his angle of attack too shallow to these hard greens."

  137. 1715: 

    Westwood for birdie on 14 and that slides just past the front door, simple tap in for a fifth par in six holes - that's tremendous golf round this course - although the tougher front 'eight' is yet to come. McIlroy's putt also stays up but a ray of light for Donald who rolls in a birdie from four feet to get to nine over.

  138. 1712: 

    McDowell drops his second shot of the day on the 12th but follows it with a par on the short 13th - he's level par and perhaps tellingly the only people under par in the tournament - leader Michael Thompson on four under, and Tiger Woods and David Toms on one under - are yet to begin their second rounds.

  139. 1708: 

    Poulter bogeys the second to go to one over, while America's Matt Kuchar, who started the day alongside the Englishman on level par, doubles the first to go two over. Nick Watney also going backwards - a bogey, double bogey, bogey start and he's at four over. Those opening six holes yesterday were played in 430 over...

  140. 1704: 

    Rose pars the third to remain level but McIlroy is going backwards - his birdie putt on 12 narrowly missed but it rolled off the green, leading to his bogey. Another bogey follows on the 13th, and he is at nine over. Donald also disappearing out of contention, dropping on 13 to go to 10 over. Westwood clinging on with four pars and a birdie so far.

  141. 1659: 

    John Heaphy from Gullane, via text on 81111: "The first time i played Muirfield I had 19 bunker shots and lost 11 balls. Played it recently, broke 90 thanks to 333 at 13, 14 and 15. I play off 8."

    Johno from Birmingham, via text on 81111: "I was lucky enough to play the Players Course at Sawgrass a few years ago. Had a birdie 2 at the par 3 third, but also made an 11 at the infamous island green 17th after dunking 4 balls into the water!"

  142. 1655: 

    For the second day, Rose bogeys the second hole and he is at level - not a disaster by any stretch though - the 428-yard hole gave up just 11 birdies on the opening day. Argentina's Angel Cabrera, the 2007 champion, opens with a birdie on the ninth and he is also at one over.

  143. 1651: 

    From Chris in Northwich, via text on 81111: "Zhang will be much more settled today so we'll see what the boy can really do!" 14-year-old Zhang matched world number one Luke Donald's nine-over 79 in round one.

  144. 1647: 

    Nice start from Poults on the first - the Englishman safely in for par and he stays at level, one behind McDowell who pars the 11th. What the golfing gods giveth...Sergio back to three over after a bogey on 11. Donald also in for par on 12 to stay way back on nine over while Westwood matches him to stay at two over but McIlroy bogeys and the defending champion is struggling on eight over.

  145. 1642: 

    Freddie from Epsom, via text on 81111: "Feeling pretty good about my game - I was lucky enough to play the Lake Course a couple of years ago - shot 88 off a 15 handicap - thinking I should turn pro looking at the scores." Anyone care to share their scores from a round on a 'proper course'? Here's your starter...I lobbed two successive three-woods off the first tee onto the 18th green at Gleneagle's King's Course a couple of years back, startling a greenkeeper or two...regale me people. Text on 81111. Tweet #bbcgolf

  146. 1637: 

    Terrible start for albatross-man Watney who follows his opening-hole bogey with a double on the second and he plummets from a tie for second to 22nd in two holes. He is joined on two over by Sergio who birdies the 10th to get his round off to a cracking start.

  147. 1635: 

    McDowell atones for the bogey at nine with a birdie three on the 10th and he's back to one under. England's Rose opens with a par at the first to remain tied second on one under. Par golf from McIlroy but there's a birdie for Westwood on 11 and he's up to two over. Donald drops though and is back to nine over.

  148. 1630: 

    However, it appears as though the players are as in the dark as the rest of us. "It was certainly something that was in the application for entry," USGA executive director Mike Davis assured the Associated Press. "And I think I know it was in the player memo." However, Zach Johnson who opened with a 77 said: "It's just odd they didn't announce it." And Phil Mickelson, who is 10 shots back after a first-round 76, said: "Honestly, I haevn't looked if there might be a note or something, I don't know. I haven't really looked at it." So there you go.

  149. 1629: 

    The United States Golfing Association (USGA) decided to eliminate the 10-shot rule in making the cut for this year's tournament. The idea was to limit it to the top 60 and ties to stop the third and fourth rounds from being too congested.

  150. 1625: 

    Sean from Belfast, via text on 81111: "Leader after today will be evens at best. Why does 10 shot rule not apply in US Open for determining cut?" Answer coming up Sean...

  151. 1621: 

    Not the start McDowell is looking for as he drops a shot on his first, the ninth. American Nick Watney, who holed that albatross on Thursday remember, also starts with a bogey - he's starting on the first. Donald follows his opening birdie with a par and McIlroy and Westwood follow suit. Sergio Garcia also starts with a par and he's on three over with Westy.

  152. 1617: 

    An optimistic Paddy Agnew from Lisburn via text on 81111: "My golf match rained off thank god, looking forward to seeing Rory roar back in to contention with a 64!" Think Rory may need some of that rain to head westwards, and quickly, to give him any chance of a 64.

  153. 1614: 

    Ireland's Peter Lawrie, who started fast on Thursday with a couple of birdies in his opening three holes before fading to a four-over 74, is slow out of the blocks today with a bogey five at the first. Those first six holes playing devilishly difficult though. On Thursday, five of the first six were ranked as the hardest on the course. The fourth was the only hole not in the top six and that was ranked ninth hardest.

  154. 1609: 

    Mark from Durham via text on 81111: "Luke does not have the power of Woods? He has the power of the force Barry! (See 1554) Needs to make some putts to figure this weekend."

  155. 1607: 

    Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts the only man near the top of the leaderboard moving in the right direction so far. A birdie three on the ninth and a couple of pars mean the 29-year-old is up to one over and tied for 15th.

  156. 1605: 

    The reason we all love golf? Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen triple-bogeyed the first on Thursday and also had two doubles and eight single bogeys in a 15-over-par 85. He opens round two with a birdie three on the first. Marvellous.

  157. 1601: 

    Steve in Bristol via text on 81111: "I love the look of the US Open and my boss knows I am doing nothing else for the rest of the day!"

  158. 1600: 

    Regulation pars for Westwood and McIlroy on the ninth (their opening hole) but Donald is not dealing in fours today. A birdie three for the Englishman and he's off to a flyer and up to eight over.

  159. 1554: 

    Barry from Sutton via text on 81111: "Unfortunately Donald doesn't have the power of Woods or McIlroy to be able to take an iron off the tee, which served Woods very well yesterday. So unless his driving starts hitting the fairway I don't see a way back. Mind you, Westwood and McIlroy were straight off the tee to start, but couldn't find the green!"

  160. 1551: 

    Steph on Twitter: "Westwood to make the Cut, Donald and McIlroy to miss the cut." #bbcgolf

  161. 1548: 

    England's Simon Dyson is also among the early starters. He mixed three birdies with seven bogeys in a four-over-par 74 on Thursday. He's parred his first hole of the day, the ninth, to make a solid start.

  162. 1546: 

    Right then let's get down to business. McIlroy, Westwood and Donald are up on the ninth tee for the start of their second rounds. How are they going to fare? Who has the game to get back in contention? Tweet me #bbcgolf or Text on 81111 - please put GOLF at the start of your message and include your name, otherwise I cannot use your message.

  163. 1543: 

    "It's sort of sadistic fun said Rose after shooting a 69 on Thursday. "Mediocre stuff gets penalised for the most part." McDowell was just relieved to be in under par. "It's nice to break par on this track," he told BBC Sport. "There's no hiding on this course, compared to Pebble [Beach where McDowell won the US Open] a couple of years ago. Patience is the key to success. Accept you're going to hit it into trouble and take your medicine. If this course starts to beat you up early there's no let up and it does generally continue to beat you up."

  164. 1537: 

    Also heading out early this morning are Northern Ireland's 2012 champion Graeme McDowell (15:55) and England's Justin Rose (16:10) - both are on one under and have the chance to set a challenging halfway score before the likes of Thomspon, Woods and Toms head out this evening.

  165. 1533: 

    That's not great news for the likes of world number one Luke Donald, who is 13 shots off the pace after a nine-over 79 on Thursday. Defending champion Rory McIlroy is not much better placed on seven over. The halfway cut is the top 60 plus ties - currently four over. This is not a course to attack on though. Patience very much the watchword. The duo head out in about 15 minutes, with Lee Westwood, who posted a 73 on Thursday and is on three over.

  166. 1529: 

    According to the weather forecast it should be a lovely sunny day in San Francisco with zero chance of rain. Sounds perfect for golf, but not on a course like the Olympic. The greens were firming up on Thursday afternoon and Woods predicts they will get faster and faster as the weekend progresses.

  167. 1522: 

    Friday is dawning on the California coast and American trio Cameron Wilson, Casey Martin and Dennis Miller are the first men out on the course. The western side of the United States is eight hours behind us here in Salford, so it's an early start for them.

  168. 1517: 

    Thompson leads the field by three. Ominously lurking at one under though are Woods, 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms, 2010 US Open champ Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, England's Justin Rose and Nick Watney of the US, who recorded only the third albatross in the tournament's history by holing his second shot on the par-five 17th.

  169. 1511: 

    Our leader is Michael Thompson on four under. He made his Tour debut last year and here's what else we've found out about the 27-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama. He always marks his ball on the putting green with a 1985 quarter, head's up, would love to play in a dream foursome with his grandfather (Don), Davis Love III and Ben Hogan and he is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

  170. 1505: 

    Hello all and welcome to live text commentary of the second day's play at the Olympic Club, San Francisco. A tough opening day in California for our 156 pros then. Just six players head into Friday's second round with an under par score.

  171. 1500: 

    "This is a tough one. This is tough to make birdies. This golf course, it's so demanding and if you're off your game just a little bit, you're going to pay the price." So said Tiger Woods after a one-under-par 69 opening round at the US Open on Thursday.

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