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Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jon Rahm within the group tied-second on 4 underneath, with...

Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jon Rahm within the group tied-second on 4 underneath, with Collin Morikawa posting a second-round 66 to share lead with Joel Dahmen in Brookline; Watch day three of the US Open reside on Saturday from 4pm on Sky Sports activities Golf

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Rory McIlroy was happy with how he bounced again from his third gap double bogey after being caught within the fescue for 3 pictures

Rory McIlroy was happy with how he bounced again from his third gap double bogey after being caught within the fescue for 3 pictures

Rory McIlroy stated he “could not be happier” after a one-under 69 on the second day of the US Open had him one shot off the lead at 4 underneath par heading into the weekend at The Nation Membership in Brookline.

McIlroy overcame a sizeable hiccup on the third gap, the place he took three pictures to get out of the heavy tough on the correct of the inexperienced, although as soon as he did he then holed an enormous 20-foot putt to restrict the harm to a double bogey.

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He would birdie two of his subsequent 5 holes, just for a bogey on the 10th to drop him again to 2 over for the day, however a sizzling end noticed the Northern Irishman shoot within the 60s once more and stored him firmly in rivalry for a fifth main title.

“After 36 holes in a significant championship, all you need to do is put your self proper within the combine going into the weekend,” McIlroy advised reporters.

“For slightly a part of the day there, it appeared like I used to be going to be just a few extra behind, however I dug deep and performed the final eight holes actually, very well.

“That was the purpose. After I bogeyed 10, I simply needed to attempt to shoot underneath par. I had some probabilities developing.

“I simply performed a extremely clear eight holes, which was pleasing. Hit fairways, hit greens, gave myself probabilities, obtained myself proper again within the event.

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“I used to be attempting to play my method into the ultimate group after which I used to be advised in scoring that the ultimate group tees off at 3:45pm tomorrow. It is, like, possibly I do not need to be within the last group! Appears very late.

“I used to be attempting to make birdie on 18 to attempt to get to 5 underneath, however I am actually proud of my place.

“I performed a great spherical of golf yesterday. I got here again effectively at the moment after a tricky begin, and yeah, proper within the combine. Could not be any happier.”

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Will historical past repeat itself with Morikawa at US Open?

Two time major champion Collin Morikawa says he is excited for the weekend after an amazing four under 66 to co-lead heading into the weekend as he seeks to win his third major in three years

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Two time main champion Collin Morikawa says he is worked up for the weekend after an incredible 4 underneath 66 to co-lead heading into the weekend as he seeks to win his third main in three years

Two time main champion Collin Morikawa says he is worked up for the weekend after an incredible 4 underneath 66 to co-lead heading into the weekend as he seeks to win his third main in three years

McIlroy is one shot off joint leaders Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen at 5 underneath, and Morikawa is hoping historical past can repeat itself and he can comply with successive rounds within the 60s with a 3rd main victory on the US Open.

Requested if he believed in future after his two earlier wins, on the PGA Championship in 2020 and The Open final yr, got here in such circumstances, Morikawa joked: “It is such a horrible stat.

“I imply, I’ve performed 11 majors, so it isn’t a sufficiently big stat to essentially make something out of it, however I might like to make it three for 3.

“Nobody has taken it deep up to now and sort of run away, however what, proper now my recreation feels actually good.

“The previous few days is a large confidence booster for me heading into this weekend, and hopefully we will sort of make some separation by some means.”

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Rahm relishing problem in opposition to the very best in golf

US Open defending champion Jon Rahm can also be among the many group one again from Morikawa and Dahmen at 4 underneath and stated he is relishing the prospect of going up in opposition to the largest names in golf over the weekend, together with world No 1 Scottie Scheffler in rivalry at three underneath.

“Oh, it is nice,” Rahm stated post-round. “I believe it is a testomony to the well being and the state of this recreation.

“It is fairly superb to see Rory again – it isn’t like he ever went wherever, however taking part in back-to-back weeks and taking part in on the stage he can.

“Clearly Scottie doing what he’s been doing all yr, Collin doing what he at all times does, myself doing what I attempt to do.

“It is enjoyable for all of us as a result of all of us need to compete in opposition to the very best and beat the very best, and it is clearly much more enjoyable for watching individuals.

“I believe it is nice for the sport of golf that the very best ranked gamers and the very best gamers are up there, particularly within the event the place actually the very best participant finally ends up successful.”

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