US Open day two: Richard Bland stays strong as Hideki Matsuyama’s belt gives up
Richard Bland continued his rich and surprising vein of form to become the oldest player in tournament history to share the lead at the halfway stage of the US Open.
Bland, who won his first European Tour title at the 478th attempt last month, added a second round of 67 to his opening 70 at Torrey Pines for a five-under-par total of 137.
That looked set to be eclipsed when Russell Henley birdied his penultimate hole of the day to move to six under, but the American then three-putted the last from 18 feet.
Last year’s runner-up Matthew Wolff and former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen were a shot off the pace, with pre-tournament favourite Jon Rahm and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson on three under.
Tweet of the day
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama suffered a “wardrobe malfunction” during the second round.
Quote of the day
Richard Bland gave a great answer when asked about his Birdies for Rhinos headcover.
Shot of the day
South Africa’s Branden Grace made a brilliant eagle on the par-four second.
Round of the day
Playing in just the fourth major of his career, Richard Bland carded a superb 67 to share the halfway lead.
Statistic of the day
One for fans of Richard Bland and coincidences – the 48-year-old came into the week with the same ranking as Phil Mickelson had before winning the US PGA.
The par-five 18th played the easiest for the second day in succession, yielding four eagles and 58 birdies to play to an average of 4.591.
The par-three 11th was again the toughest hole, just four players making birdie, 58 making bogey, eight making a double bogey and two carding a triple bogey. That led to an average of 3.490.
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The South African beat Clement Sordet by one stroke.
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Poland’s Adrian Meronk eclipses Adam Scott to win Australian Open
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Thriston Lawrence and Clement Sordet set for final-day battle at South African Open
Thriston Lawrence leads his playing partner by two shots.
Adam Scott leads Australian Open ahead of Adrian Meronk
Scott moved to 11 under on Saturday, one stroke better than Meronk at the summit.
Adam Scott equals course record to share halfway lead at Australian Open
Scott carded five birdies and an eagle on the 18th at Victoria Golf Club.
Hole-in-one helps Tom McKibbin make strong start in South Africa
The 19-year-old holed out with a five iron from 232 yards on the 11th hole.
A nice birdie-fest – Tiger Woods expecting low scoring Hero World Challenge
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Adam Scott relishing chance to experience a career first at the Australian Open
The tournament sees men, women and golfers with disabilities competing on the same course at the same time.