If you wanted to pick a more likeable, engaging and totally respected by their peers duo to be leading the US Open…you could literally pick any two golfers other than the two currently in the lead. Patrick Reed leads the way, with Bryson DeChambeau one shot back, as we head into the weekend. If we have to watch these two battle it out for the final 36 holes, 2020 wins and we give up.
Fortunately, some saviors lurk in the shadows, ready to pounce when karma makes its triumphant comeback. Let’s take a quick look at our Ten to Win and where they stand heading into the weekend:
Day – 6-over: Made the cut (barely) but is 10 strokes back. He won’t win, but at least he’ll get a paycheck.
Fleetwood – Missed Cut: Ok, so maybe one good round in all of 2020 wasn’t exactly the same as “playing well coming into the tournament,” even if it was his most recent round.
Hatton – Missed Cut: We haven’t trusted the Brits since the 1770s, and apparently, the streak continues.
DJ – 3-over: An Even par day on Friday kept DJ in the mix. He’s 7-shots back, so he’s going to need some serious help, but if he can scratch out a 1 or 2-under par round Saturday, he’ll be right there for the Final Round.
Matusyama – Even: One of three people who shot under par on Friday, Matsuyama is in prime position to capitalize when Reed and Bryson are huge, embarrassing failures this weekend.
Mickelson – Missed Cut: While we saw this coming, it’s a bit sad to come to the realization the Mickelson’s time being competitive at the majors is over. Father Time wins again.
Rahm – 1-over: Similar to DJ, he’s in the mix and if he can shoot even par for the next 36 holes, he might win.
Schauffele – Even: A 2-over day on Friday kept him at level par, and he’s well positioned for the weekend.
Simpson – 2-over: Back to back 71s have Simpson in the mix, but he’ll probably need at least one round under par to claim his second US Open.
Thomas – 2-under: One of only 6 golfers under par through two rounds, Thomas battled back after a tough start to his day, and if he manages to shoot even par for 36 more holes, he’ll win.
Winged Foot showed its teeth on Friday, and will only get tougher over the next two days. We look forward to watching these pretty boys suffer from the comfort of our sofa. Might even have a drink or two. We don’t know. But we do know we’ll have a better weekend than all but one of these golfers.