Collin Morikawa (4/1 – Outright) says staying “patient” will be key to his chances of winning the US Open, as he takes a share of the lead into the weekend at The Country Club, Brookline.
World number seven Morikawa already has two Major titles under his belt following his successes at the 2020 US PGA Championship and last year’s Open at Royal St George’s.
The 25-year-old could now be set to land the third leg of a potential career grand slam this weekend, as a second-round score of 66, that included five birdies and just one dropped shot, has seen him move into a share of the lead on five-under alongside Joel Dahmen (20/1).
However, with the top three players in the world rankings all within two shots of his score, Morikawa knows he is in for a tough battle if he is to remain at the top of the leaderboard, although he believes staying calm will be key to his chances of going the distance.
“I had one bogey which was a mental error, getting too greedy, so the aim is just to stay patient and not try to force anything out here,” Morikawa told reporters.
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Defending champion Jon Rahm (9/2) and world number three Rory McIlroy (9/2) are among a group of players just a shot behind the leaders, while the world’s highest ranked player, Scottie Scheffler (7/1), is a stroke further back.
McIlroy (pictured), who is bidding to win his first Major title since 2014, had to recover from a double bogey at the par-four third after he found the deep fescue following a wild shot and it took him three swipes to get out.
The Northern Irishman did sink a 22-foot putt to limit the damage on that hole and he believes that save gave him the momentum to kick on during the remainder of his round.
“It was massive,” McIlroy told Sky Sports of his putt. “There aren’t many double bogeys when you’d have a little fist pump, but it was important to hole that and I came back really well after it.”
Matt Fitzpatrick (20/1) leads the English charge, as a round of 70 leaves him three shots off the lead, while he is one clear of compatriot Callum Tarren (200/1).
Two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka (50/1) and former Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama (80/1) are among the other big names still in contention on level par.
One player out of the running though is six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut after rounds of 78 and 73.
Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Viktor Hovland were among the other big names to fall at the halfway stage, with the third-round action set to get underway at 14:49 UK time on Saturday.
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