US Open 2023 leaderboard: Latest updates as Rickie Fowler leads by two after Rory McIlroy surge

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Wyndham Clark took advantage of generous fairways and soft course conditions to jump to the top of the rankings, while Rory McIlroy overcame a sluggish start to card a 67 midway through the second round at the US Open on Friday.

Clark drilled his fourth birdie of the day on his penultimate hole to take the outright lead at nine under par, one shot ahead of overnight leader Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele, who went out in the afternoon wave after shooting a record US Open score of 62 on Thursday .

Meanwhile, McIlroy birdied four of his last five holes including the par-three ninth, where he narrowly missed a hole-in-one to move within a stroke of the clubhouse lead.

Early Friday, defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick enjoyed another memorable moment in this tournament when he recorded his third hole-in-one of the week. Fitzpatrick’s tee shot on the 115-yard 15th pitched beyond the flag and looped back into the hole, though he couldn’t see where the ball had landed and left the tee before the roar of the crowd sparked wild celebrations.

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Good couple save from Schauffele

Schauffele -9 (9), Rahm -2 (9), Hovland -1 (9)

Schauffele finds himself in the tricky greenside bunker, but it’s a really tidy up-and-down to ensure he remains just one shot behind Fowler.

Rahm and Hovland can’t see their birdie, and this trio is now headed for the more difficult back nine.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:50


Back to back birdies for Woodland

The 2019 US Open champion makes back-to-back birdies on the turn and he is now up to 12th place. A very solid tournament so far from him.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:46


Topsy-turvy Fowler makes bogey

Fowler -10 (10), Day +5 (10), Rose +4 (10)

Birdie, bogey, birdie, and now bogey for Rickie Fowler as he drops back to ten under. It all comes after trouble off the tee, meaning he is forced to lay up from the bunker. He can’t get up and down from the middle of the fairway and it’s another bogey.

Day makes an expensive bogey after his birdie the hole before, while Rose makes a nice par.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:44


Real trouble for Homa

Scheffler -2 (9*), Homa +3 (9*), Morikawa +3 (9*)

About 25 minutes ago, Max Homa could have been thinking about a move up the rankings on the easier front nine. Now, after back-to-back double bogeys, he faces a battle to make the cut.

It’s another bunker he finds himself in after three and he can’t scramble, making another six. Not good.

Scheffler and Morikawa do a little more regulation parties to stay as they were.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:41


Birdie for Schauffele

Schauffele -9 (8), Rahm -2 (8), Hovland -1 (8)

The par-five eighth is very good for finishing the front nine and Xander is not wrong. He lays up, but a solid putt gives him the bounce-back birdie he was looking for and he moves back to nine under par.

Hovland also birdies to get back in the red, but Rahm can’t take advantage and continues to stutter with a disappointing three-putt.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:36


Fowler makes the turn with a two-shot lead

Fowler -11 (9), Day +4 (9), Rose +4 (9)

I’m not sure the ninth is one to mess with today, and Fowler agrees, flying it into the heart of the green before two-putting for his par.

Justin Rose scrambles well from the greenside bunker, but Jason Day flies in the face of my thoughts with an aggressive tee shot and a good birdie putt. He needs to be aggressive, mind you, as he is two shots below the expected cut.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:29


From bad to worse for Bryson

Bogey follows bogey for DeChambeau with a three-putt on the tenth. His round goes in exactly the wrong direction.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:26


Bogey for Scheffler

Scheffler -2 (8*), Homa +1 (8*), Morikawa +3 (8*)

Fresh off his birdie on the 16th, Scheffler can’t keep the momentum going and he’s at it again after being in the greenside bunker. This time he can’t sink the putt and it’s back to two under par.

Morikawa makes his par, but it’s a hole to forget for Max Homa, who can barely convert after his drive ends up in the thick rough. It ends in a double-bogey six, and he now has to be careful not to slide under the cut line.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:24


DeChambeau fading on the front nine

Bryson goes far left aiming for the par-three ninth and can’t make the big putt to save par. That’s three shots dropped in his last four holes and he finishes the easiest front nine at par – which will be disappointing given the start he made.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:19


Bounce-back birdie for Fowler

Fowler -11 (8), Day +5 (8), Rose +4 (8)

If there were plenty of missed shots from the second trio on the seventh, it’s the complete opposite up front on the next hole.

Rickie Fowler catches a good break from the tee when his tee shot just avoids the out-of-bounds section. From there it’s a lay-up, chip on and a nice putt for a birdie four to move to clear the top.

Jason Day also makes a birdie, but the hole belongs to Justin Rose, who chips in for an eagle to get back to four under par and with a chance to make the cut.

Ben Fleming17 June 2023 00:15

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