That Daffue shot in full
Another par in the bank for Fitzpatrick
Another fairway and green found at the 1st, but the birdie putt from 20 feet never looked likely. That’s the only part of his game that has not been sharp today. That’s one of those four tough holes out of the way.
Lead MJ Daffue has just hit a fairway wood from a hospitality tent
His second shot on the par five 14th. Made solid contact, but may have clipped a leaf. Looked like he advanced it a long way down the hole, but could be in the left rough.
Kokrak holes a tram-liner
Richard Bland is playing well
He endured a torrid week at the LIV event at Centurion last week, but finds himself one-under at the US Open.
Fitzpatrick oh so close
He thought he had that birdie putt to reach four-under, but playing that back nine in 34 is more than acceptable. The man from Sheffield needs to survive holes 1-4 on his back nine because some birdie chances follow.
The breeze is really picking up at Brookline
All in all, the draw has been pretty fair. The afternoon starters on both days have faced the slightly tougher conditions. McIlroy will face a tougher test than he did yesterday morning.
More excellence from Fitzpatrick
On the 18th, his 9th, his turns a wedge shot into the left-to-right breeze and it will leave him a birdie putt of around 11 feet. That for a front nine of 34 and to reach four-under.
Brad Faxon scathing
He doesn’t even look like Phil Mickelson, there are no smiles. He looks like a different human being – because he is.
A missed chance for Fitzpatrick at the short par four 17th
The birdie putt slips by but no harm done, and he follows it up with another thumping drive down the 18th, which is his 9th. Daffue settles for par on the 12th to stay at five-under.
Decent reply from Daffue
Feeds his approach from the right rough on the 12th to within birdie range. Chance to get back the shot he dropped on the 11th.
We’ve all done this Scottie
Viktor Hovland in a spot that only the US Open can provide
Unsurprisingly, that lie lead to a bogey on the 18th. Back to level par.
Hovland answering his short game critics at one-under
Dropped shot from Daffue
The leader really had not shot from beyond the 11th green and had to settle for a bogey four. The lead is now five-under.
Fitzpatrick made a stress-free par at the 16th, finding the green with another solid iron shot.
A rare high note this week for Tony Finau
Unforced error from Daffue
The par three 11th is only…