Morikawa, Ram, McIlroy: place your bets!

Colleen Morikawa, two-time major winner, and surprise Joel Dahmen, world No. 130, lead the US Open together after the second round played on Friday in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. They are under the most pressure from Rory McIlroy and John Rahm, the defending champions.

By returning a card of 66 (five birdies, one scarecrow) or four under-par strikes, Morikawa, ranked 7th in the world, moved thirteen spaces for a total of -5.

“So far, no one has been able to truly escape. But at the moment my game is really good. The last few days have given me confidence for the weekend ahead and I hope I can make a difference one way or another.” another,” welcomed the 25-year-old American, winner of the PGA Championship in 2020 and the British Open last year.

If he wins on Sunday, Morikawa will become the first player to win three different majors in as many years since Tiger Woods. “I don’t want to talk too much about it. I have to focus on my next day, stick to my game plan and make sure I don’t run out of steam… I just have to be really ready for the next 36 holes,” he evaded.

He thought for a long time that he was alone at the top of the rankings, but his compatriot Joel Dahmen, who had already been in second place the previous day, joined him, scoring his 4th bird of the day (against two ghosts) at N. 15 thanks to an impressive strike at 18 meters.

The latter, in search of a second title on the North American circuit at the age of 34, even nearly missed a new birdie at the N.18, his shot coming close to the hole.

This duo suddenly outpaced the fifth place led by Ram (2nd in the world) and McIlroy (3rd).

The Northern Irishman had a roller coaster day that began with a double ghost on the third hole, which was preceded by two ghosts on the N.6 and N.10. But he made up for it with five birds backed by a solid putt.

“I’m in a good position. I’m very happy with the way I’m playing and I think that’s the most important thing,” commented McIlroy, who has been chasing his first Grand Slam since 2014 and continues to win. Canada Open last week in Toronto.

Since 1934, no player has won the US Open after winning the tournament played the previous weekend. “I have to approach all this with the same mindset as if I wanted to win my first major again,” he said.

Starting in the back nine, John Rahm scored heads at par 5 N.14 to finish -3 after three birdies and two ghosts.

Three Americans, Aaron Wise, Bo Hossler and an unknown Hayden Buckley, complete this group in 2nd place.

Another five share the 8th place, two units behind the leaders. World number one and last Masters winner Scotty Sheffler is one of them. He also scored heads at N.14 between two birdies on the last six holes.

“I remained very patient. I hit the ball really well. If a few hits landed instead of spinning, it could have been a really good day,” said the American.

Phil Mickelson, who returned to compete in the US after four months away, failed to qualify. The six-time Major winner, suspended from the PGA Tour until further notice due to his membership in the Saudi funded LIV dissident league, finished with a +11 overall.

Seventeen Tour players have been suspended from the PGA Tour until further notice, but have been cleared to compete in the US Open this week.

Dustin Johnson, another American star who succumbed to the sirens of LIV Golf, made the number along with Patrick Reed (31st, +1) and Bryson DeChambeau (40th, +2).