Australia has a bunch of gamers inside touching distance of the lead heading into the second spherical of the US Open. But it surely was a unique story for golf LIV defectors.
Adam Scott leads the Australian cost after shotting a one-under 69 on a day when solely 25 gamers broke par.
Marc Leishman is the subsequent greatest Australian, one behind Scott, with one other US Open first-timer, Todd Sinnott, parlaying stable Asian Tour type right into a spherical of 71.
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Smith is one shot additional again after carding three birdies and 5 bogeys in his opening spherical two-over 73, with Min Woo Lee simply behind him as he tries to emulate his sister Minjee’s US Open success final week.
Canada’s Adam Hadwin leads at -4 after he birdied 5 of the final six holes on the entrance 9 and seized a one-stroke lead after Thursday’s first spherical of the US Open with Rory McIlroy in a pack one adrift.
McIlroy rolled in 4 birdie putts between 10 and 25 ft and made a number of lengthy clutch par-saving putts in Spherical 1, notably on the fifth from 14 ft after failing to flee a bunker and smashing sand along with his membership.
“It’s exhausting to not get pissed off,” McIlroy mentioned. “I gave the sand a few whacks as a result of I’d already messed it up… it was very nice to gap that putt.”
McIlroy, who gained final week’s PGA Canadian Open, has not captured a serious title for the reason that 2014 PGA Championship.
“It has been eight years since I gained a serious and I simply need to get my fingers on one once more,” McIlroy mentioned.
Within the first occasion to match PGA Tour and LIV Golf gamers, 15 LIV Golf signees mixed to shoot 53-over par. Notables included Patrick Reed on 70, Bryson DeChambeau on 71, Sergio Garcia on 74, Louis Oosthuizen on 77 and Phil Mickelson with 78 on his 52nd birthday.
What’s extra they had been heckled by the gang at The Nation Membership with feedback of “overrated and overpaid” and “traitor” hurled on the insurgent stars.
HOW THE AUSSIES FARED IN RD 1
Adam Scott -1
Marc Leishman E
Todd Sinnott +1
Cameron Smith +2
Min Woo Lee +3
Lucas Herbert +4
Jed Morgan +12
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