Well there were not many movers on day 2 at Pebble Beach; that is except to Gary Woodland. He played a solid 5 under par. The rest of the top of the leaderboard shot between 1 and 3 under. This was expected and I think the scores will be even higher on moving day as the course becomes drier and harder. I guess this what we should have expected from the second day of the US Open; tougher and windier conditions.
I found that there was very little flash in today’s rounds. Unlike day one, there were very little eagles, but plenty of chip ins for just off the green. However, there was nothing that made me say ‘WOW’ that was an awesome shot. I am sure there was a few, but I did not see any.
I have to say that I liked how Rory McIlroy responded to his bogey and double bogey on the 13th and 14th hole respectively. He kept his head in the game and responded with two birdies. He finished 3 strokes back is definitely in the hunt on moving day. Rory is my pick to win this year.
I also found that Graeme McDowell to be one of the best grinders in the game of golf. He seemed to be able to respond to everything Pebble Beach threw at him. He made some solid approach shots, but burned the left edge of many putts. He definitely could have shot lower than his 1 under.
The scorecard of the day goes to Louis Oosthuizen. With 7 birdies, 6 bogies and 5 pars, his roller coaster round was fun to watch. Louis is a great competitor and always seems to be in the mix. Standing two strokes back as the weekend approaches offers him the opportunity to be leading after Moving Day.
I also found it interesting the disparity between the two nines. The front nine at Pebble Beach appears to be the scoring nine and the back is tough to make a run. This was especially true for Gary Woodland’s 6 under par. He shot two birdies on his front nine (Pebble Beaches back nine) and four under on his back. This switching of nines is one of the reasons he finished two strokes ahead of Justin Rose. Things will be back to normal on Moving Day and everyone will play the course in the same way.
There was some fun golf today, but nothing super exciting happened. Even Woodland’s round was just solid golf. I think Saturday’s play will be more challenging for everyone and I doubt we will see another low round like a minus 6. I do, however, expect the leaderboard to compress and we will see 15 players within 4 strokes of the leader come Sunday.
Did you enjoy the action on Day 2 at the 2019 US Open?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!