Dropped shot from Daffue
The chief actually had not shot from past the eleventh inexperienced and needed to accept a bogey 4. The lead is now five-under.
Fitzpatrick made a stress-free par on the sixteenth, discovering the inexperienced with one other cast-iron shot.
A uncommon excessive word this week for Tony Finau
Unforced error from Daffue
The par three eleventh is just 130 yards and a spot wedge for these gamers, however the chief turns the toe over on that one and it flies lengthy and left into the thick stuff.
It’s wonderful what number of gamers are making a multitude of that gap. There might be one thing fairly disconcerting about standing on a tee with a wedge. If you set the ball in the midst of a fairway and gave them the identical shot, they’d most likely be inside 10 toes 80 per cent of the time.
Thomas will get one again
Rolls in a birdie putt on the seventeenth, and regardless of all his trials and tribulations the US PGA champion is just 4 pictures behind the pack of gamers in a tie for second.
Yesterday’s chief Adam Hadwin has made two bogeys in his first 4 holes after beginning on the tenth.
An opportunity goes for the chief
Daffue’s birdietry from 10 toes or so on the tenth slips by, however that’s one other troublesome gap ticked off and the South African is discovering fairways and greens.
Fitzpatrick has transformed on the fifteenth to maneuver to three-under for the championship. Strong response to a foolish dropped shot on the brief eleventh.
Cracking golf from Fitzpatrick
He shouldn’t be regarded as one of many longer hitters, however he reduces the 500-yard fifteenth to a drive and a wedge after crushing his tee shot proper down the center. His method dances across the gap, leaving a birdie probability from 5 to 6 toes. Good probability to get below par for the day.
His ball velocity on that drive was quicker than enjoying accomplice Dustin Johnson’s.
Justin Thomas has gone backwards quick
Two sixes on his card after seven holes and he has tumbled again to two-over. While the pair are good friends, you would need to say that is a lift for McIlroy’s possibilities.
MJ Daffue has reached the flip
He holed a pleasant par putt to avoid wasting a 4 on the ninth, and appears to have discovered the suitable aspect of the golf green on the powerful tenth.
Fitzpatrick and Johnson have each hit nice tee pictures on the 500-yard par 4 fifteenth. The Englishman unchanged at two-under with Johnson one who additional again.
That’s all from me
Dan Zeqiri can be your information for the remainder of the spherical – take pleasure in!
There are solely seven golfers worse off than Mickelson
At the second – and clearly I’m not speaking about financial institution balances…
‘Lefty’ is at nine-over having bogeyed the par-four thirteenth. He was within the good place off the tee, he hit an honest sufficient method simply in need of the inexperienced, however from there he woefully underhits his first putt and two-putts from there.
How Duffue went to six-under
Duffue now leads by three!
That as a result of in a single day chief Adam Hadwin has bogeyed the par-three eleventh to fall again to three-under. He hit his tee shot to inside 28 toes however three putts from there. He’s not the primary, and will not be the final, man to three-putt 11 as we speak.
Fitzpatrick again to two-under
The Englishman hits a beautiful method from the primary reduce on the twelfth, that checks and leaves him with a three-footer for birdie – he makes no mistake and is the place he began the day. Playing accomplice DJ pars and stays on the identical quantity as Fitzpatrick.
The world No 296 has solely gone and birdied one other – his fifth in seven holes. He’s putted from off the inexperienced on the seventh after a poor, brief method and now leads by two on six-under.
Hovland is two-under by way of 4
And at two-under for the event.
Woe for JT
Holes 10-14 are powerful holes to start out on and really likeable Justin Thomas presently two-over for the stretch. He opened with a double bogey on the tenth, and adopted that up with a bogey on the brief eleventh – but extra proof that you just need not make par-threes a zillion yards lengthy to make them powerful. He’s, nonetheless, simply bought a shot again with a birdie on the thirteenth – due to this lengthy putt – and he is presently on one-over.
Daffue is loving it on the market in the mean time
He’s simply popped in one other birdie – his fourth of the spherical – on the fifth. He stiffed his method to inside six toes and rolled within the putt for the only real lead at five-under.
Bogey for Fitzpatrick
It comes on the pleasant brief par-three eleventh. He’s on the inexperienced in regulation however a three-putt strikes him again to one-under.
Playing accomplice Dustin Johnson does not come a cropper on the similar 122-yard gap and he stays at two-under.
Shane Lowry begins with a birdie
At the par-four tenth – that is an effective way to start out and it will get him again to one-over.
His enjoying companions, the rebels Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson, have been 15-over between them yesterday, generally that may intrude together with your spherical. Let’s hope that is not the case as we speak.
Oosthuizen and Mickelson each parred the tenth and keep at seven and eight over respectively.
Matt Fitzpatrick’s second spherical is below manner
And he is opened up with a regulation par on the tenth – on the inexperienced in two and a stress-free two putt. He stays at two-under.
So shut for Sam Burns
The American, presently on one-under, practically aced the par-three second.
Daffue is a yo-yo
That’s as a result of he is again to four-under – a birdie got here on the fourth after his drive discovered the golf green, his method left him with a 9 foot putt and the South African sunk that to rejoin Hadwin on the high of the leaderboard.
Daffue is again to three-under
He was on the inexperienced on the par-three second in regulation however a three-putt (ouch) means he drops a shot.
NJ Daffue joins Hadwin on the high of the leaderboard
The South African has opened his second spherical with a birdie and strikes to four-under.
Today’s pin positions
Rory McIlroy off to a quick begin
After months, weeks, days, hours of incessant debate in regards to the rights and wrongs of the Saudi insurgent sequence some precise golf broke out on Thursday, and it was a spherical filled with sufficient motion for individuals to overlook, momentarily, that the game is engulfed in civil battle.
Over the previous few weeks Rory McIlroy has emerged because the face of the anti-LIV Golf faction and yesterday two tantrums, 4 birdies and simply the solitary bogey once more illustrated that if it is pure field workplace you need the Northern Irishman and, by extension, the PGA Tour nonetheless has it in spades. It’s the second main operating the world No 3 has began nicely and after a three-under 67 he lies only one again of first-round chief Adam Hadwin.
McIlroy is and not using a main since 2014 and is concentrated on ending the drought at Brookline.
“It’s been eight years since I won a major, and I just want to get my hands on one again,” he mentioned after his spherical.
For so lengthy it was his performances within the first rounds of majors that hampered him. Now for the second main operating McIlroy is distinguished on the leaderboard after 18 holes. But he’ll know as a lot as anybody that with 54 holes to go he nonetheless has a lot to do, and after the US PGA Championship a month in the past, when he fired a primary spherical 65 however completed again in eighth, the four-time main winner is aware of he has all of it to do to win No.5.
McIlroy is in a five-way tie for second, with Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose two of seven on two-under.
One identify distinguished on the leaderboard however not identified to many is Callum Tarren. The 31-year-old from Darlington shocked himself by capturing the identical rating as McIlroy. Having enjoying on the China Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour within the US he is not identified to many within the UK however one other spherical just like the 67 from yesterday will make individuals sit up and take discover.
“I’m kind of pinching myself,” he mentioned, after his his nice opening 18 holes.
Of the insurgent golfers Dustin Johnson was probably the most spectacular, the American capturing a two-under 68. For probably the most distinguished LIV golfer, Phil Mickelson, it was a day to overlook. The six-time main winner capturing a forgetful eight-over 78.
He’s among the many early starters so keep right here for all of the day’s motion.