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A resurgent Rickie Fowler will take a one-shot lead into the weekend after a pulsating round in which he made eight birdies. Fowler held the overnight lead with Xander Schauffele at eight under but will begin the weekend on -10 after a birdie-laden round at Los Angeles Country Club.

The American leads Wyndham Clark by one shot, who took advantage of generous fairways and soft morning conditions to reach nine under, while Rory McIlroy overcame a sluggish start to card a 67 which leaves him two back alongside Xander Schauffele, who finished well to shoot a 70 in the tougher afternoon conditions.

Early on Friday, defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick enjoyed another memorable moment in this tournament as he recorded the third hole-in-one of the week. Fitzpatrick’s tee shot on the 115-yard 15th pitched beyond the flag and span back into the hole, although he could not see where the ball had landed and was walking off the tee before the crowd’s roar sparked wild celebrations.

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Birdie finish for Schauffele

Schauffele -8 (70), Rahm +1 (72), Hovland -1 (70)

Hovland up first and it’s a marvellous up and down. He somehow creates an angle out of the bunker before ramming home his par putt. An even-par round of 70 from the Norweigian who sits nine shots back.

Schauffele is next and his birdie effort looks in from the moment it leaves the putter blade. A birdie-birdie finish to remain at even par for the day and just two shots of Fowler.

Rahm’s par putt just misses on the right side and it’s a finishing bogey for the Masters champion who makes the cut on the number after a two-over par round of 72.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 03:34


Rahm in the thick rough

Schauffele -7 (17), Rahm +1 (17), Hovland -1 (17)

Another break that Rahm will no doubt be over the moon with as his ball nestles down in the bermuda rough. He can only hack out and will have a wedge in to save his par.

Hovland hacks his into the bunker and he’ll have a very awkward stance to save his par too. Schauffele once more seizes the initiative, though, with a divine iron into the green. A great opportunity to get within two shots of Fowler with his final putt.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 03:26


Rahm enraged on 17 as Schauffele makes birdie

Schauffele -7 (17), Rahm +1 (17), Hovland -1 (17)

Someone needs to get Jon Rahm a stiff drink ready for when he is finished today – it’s not gone the Spaniard’s way this afternoon and he yells an expletive that no doubt reverberated around the hills of Beverly as his bunker shot flies past the hole

He can’t save his par and needs to ensure he doesn’t do anything silly on the last to miss the cut.

Hovland also makes a bogey after getting in trouble off the tee but the hole belongs to Schauffele who hits a beauty of an iron into four feet and makes a birdie to get back to seven under par.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 03:18


Max Homa misses the cut

Scheffler -5 (68), Homa +4 (76), Morikawa E (69)

A really disappointing round comes to an end for Max Homa – a six-over-par 76 to miss the cut in his home state. It still hasn’t come together for him on the biggest stage.

Scheffler and Morikawa, however, will be here into the weekend. Scheffler continued to grind and is well-positioned at five under and that score is well in it if these conditions keep getting tougher. Morikawa finished with a flurry but will need to go low to trouble those at the top come Sunday evening.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 03:14


Rickie Fowler signs off, leads by one

Fowler -10 (68), Day +9 (78), Rose +4 (68)

Will Rickie have a look at birdie on the last…of course he will. Simply relentless shotmaking from the American. The putt doesn’t drop but he taps in for par and a two-under-par 68.

Just four pars, six bogeys but a gargantuan eight birdies. Remarkable. It was tough conditions out there towards the end but Fowler was about as unflappable as you can get. A bogey on one hole was swiftly forgotten and simply greeted by a birdie on the next.

He will no doubt be after a tad more consistency heading into the weekend but there are so many positives for Rickie and, more than anything, it’s just very cool to see him back up at the top of the leaderboard where he always used to be.

Jason Day taps in for a round of 78 and kudos to Justin Rose, who just misses the cut, but shot a commendable 68 in the afternoon.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 03:07


Schauffele steadies the ship

Schauffele -6 (16), Rahm E (16), Hovland -2 (16)

Rahm gets stuck in the fairway bunker but shows great touch from the edge of the green to save his par. Hovland and Schauffele have outside looks at birdie but they both slide by – at least a welcome par for Schauffele after three-straight bogeys. Pars all round and two more to go.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 03:01


Three in a row for Morikawa

Scheffler -5 (17*), Homa +4 (17*), Morikawa E (17*)

The par-five eighth is always gettable regardless of these tougher conditions and all three in this trio take advantage. Morikawa is up to even par and most likely safe while Scheffler now moves up to five under par and just five off the lead.

Homa, however, will need a hole-in-one at the last to avoid making the cut.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 02:57


Another birdie for Rickie, leads by one

Fowler -10 (17), Day +8 (17), Rose +4 (17)

This round from Rickie Fowler is truly unlike anything I can remember in recent US Open history. The American has pared just three holes out of the 17th he has played but finds his EIGHTH birdie after chasing up a divine iron into the 16th green. A nerveless putt and he is back in the solo lead.

Justin Rose, meanwhile, looks to be heading for the exit with his second successive bogey. He’s now at four over par with the cut at two under.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 02:52


English and Irish trio make the cut

Hatton +1 (67), Fleetwood +2 (69), Lowry +2 (70)

Some good news for the European fans still following along. Tyrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry all squeak through to make it to the weekend. Hatton, in particular, did so with a three-under-par 67 which looks to be the round of the afternoon so far.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 02:48


Raining bogeys for Schauffele

Schauffele -6 (15), Rahm E (15), Hovland -2 (15)

This 15th has gone from one of the easiest holes to a really tricky customer in the space of a few hours with the added wind and sun firming up the course.

Schauffele and Rahm find themselves beyond the mound in the middle of the green and with two awfully tricky puts. Rahm sends his left of the mound and makes par but Schauffele decides to go partially over the mound to the right, but it doesn’t catch the slope.

He has a tickler down the hill…but it doesn’t drop. A third bogey in a row for Xander and he’s now back at six under par.

Hovland was in close with his approach but he can’t make his birdie putt. remaining at two under.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 02:45


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