2021 U.S. Open: Where the Big Names Stand at Halftime

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas plays his shot from the 4th tee during the second round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines South Course on June 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How via Getty Images)

A look at where the big names stand at halftime of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines South Golf Course where we have two surprise names atop the leaderboard: Richard Bland and Russell Henley, who shared first at 5-under 137.

  • Louis Oosthuizen, the highly-respected South African, who’s always a threat on the biggest stages, is once again in the hunt. He opened with rounds of 67-71 to sit T3 on 4 under par, alongside Matthew Wolff, who’s been off the radar for a few months but seems to be back in the groove. The runner-up at the 2020 U.S. Open carded rounds of 70-68 to join Oosthuizen at T3.
  • Bubba Watson doesn’t generally perform well at US Opens, but the two-time Masters winner fired a 67 on Friday and found himself tied with pre-tournament betting favorite Jon Rahm (69-70) at T5 on 3 under.
  • Home favorite Xander Schauffele shot an even par 71 and was well positioned at 2 under heading into the weekend.
  • Bryson DeChambeau closed Thursday’s round with a birdie on 18, and the defending champ carried the momentum into Friday, posting a 69 to sit T13 on even-par 142, alongside rival Brooks Koepka (73) and Collin Morikawa, who carded a low-round 67.
  • Justin Thomas, the world No. 2, bounced back with a 2-under 69 to join Koepka, Morikawa, and DeChambeau at even-par.
  • Rory McIlroy followed up a 70 with a 73 and was T21, alongside Lee Westwood (71-72) and Daniel Berger (71-72).
  • Reigning PGA champion Phil Mickelson bounced back with a 69 after an opening-round 75. He was 2-over par and tied for 30th alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson (71-73).
  • Patrick Reed, who opened with a 72, three-putted from eight feet on the last hole to sign for a 73 and fall back to T43 on 3-over par, alongside 2014 U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer (77-68) and reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (69-76).
  • Gary Woodland, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, carded rounds of 74-71 to join 2015 winner Jordan Spieth (77-69) at 4 over.
  • Two other U.S. Open winners, Justin Rose (78-77) and Webb Simpson (79-73), missed the cut by a mile.
  • World No. 10 Tyrrell Hatton (70-78) was the highest ranked player to miss the cut.
  • Francesco Molinari (68-76), the 2018 Open Champion, and brother Edoardo Molinari (70-76), the 2005 U.S. Amateur champion, became the first brothers to make the cut in the same U.S. Open since Joe and Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki in 1993 at Baltusrol.

U.S. Open Round-2: Notables

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2 Score)
3. Louis Oosthuizen -4 (E)
3. Matthew Wolff -4 (-3)
5. Bubba Watson -3 (-4)
5. Jon Rahm -3 (-1)
7. Xander Schauffele -2 (E)
10. Scottie Scheffler -1 (-2)
13. Bryson DeChambeau E (-2)
13. Justin Thomas E (-2)
13. Collin Morikawa E (-4)
13. Brooks Koepka E (+2)
21. Lee Westwood +1 (+1)
21. Daniel Berger +1 (+1)
21. Rory McIlroy +1 (+2)
31. Dustin Johnson +2 (+1)
31. Phil Mickelson +2 (+2)
31. Francesco Molinari +2 (+5)
31. Martin Kaymer +3 (-3)
31. Hideki Matsuyama +3 (+5)
31. Patrick Cantlay +3 (+4)
31. Adam Scott +3 (+4)
31. Sergio Garcia +3 (+3)
31. Patrick Reed +3 (+2)
41. Jordan Spieth +4 (-2)
MC. Tony Finau +8 (+5)
MC. Webb Simpson +10 (+2)
MC. Henrik Stenson +10 (+5)
MC. Justin Rose +13 (+6)

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