McIlroy stumbles while Detry, Hatton charge at US Open

By AFP
June 15, 2024
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the putting green on the practice range at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, US on April 5, 2022. — Reuters

PINEHURST: Rory McIlroy, chasing his first major triumph in 10 years, stumbled from a share of the lead with two bogeys early in Friday´s second round of the US Open at Pinehurst.

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McIlroy fired a bogey-free opening five-under par 65 on Thursday to share the 18-hole lead with ninth-ranked Patrick Cantlay, an American seeking his first major title who tees off in the afternoon.

Third-ranked McIlroy, a back-nine morning starter Friday, missed a birdie putt from just inside 12 feet at the par-5 10th and lipped out on a six-foot par putt to make bogey at 11 and fall one off the lead.

McIlroy missed an 11-foot birdie putt at 14 and at the par-3 15th, his tee shot rolled off the front of the green, setting up a 10-foot par putt miss that brought another bogey. At the par-3 17th, McIlroy rolled in a clutch par putt from just inside 40 feet and at 18, he found sandy brush off the tee but salvaged par to make the turn on 3-under.

Not all struggled on the dome-shaped elevated greens surrounded by dirt and weeds. Belgium´s Thomas Detry, a back-nine starter, made his own early move to share second at 4-under with birdies from just beyond 17 feet at 11, 13 feet at 12 and 16 feet at 13.

Also on 4-under was sixth-ranked Swede Ludvig Aberg, who was second at April´s Masters in his major debut. England´s Tyrrell Hatton moved to 3-under, two back of Cantlay, with two birdies. After a three-putt bogey at the first, Hatton birdied the par-5 fifth, reaching the green in two to set up a tap-in putt, and par-4 seventh, where he sank a six-foot putt.

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