US Open Golf 2019 Leaderboard: Live Updates and Storylines to Watch for Saturday

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2019

Gary Woodland surged to the lead with a bogey-free round in Friday's second round of the U.S. Open..
Gary Woodland surged to the lead with a bogey-free round in Friday's second round of the U.S. Open..Matt York/Associated Press

Gary Woodland has roared to the lead in the U.S. Open after firing a six-under 65 Friday, and he will take a two-stroke lead as moving day gets underway at Pebble Beach.

Justin Rose, who fired a 65 in the opening round, shot a more pedestrian 70 on Friday. He is alone in second place at seven under, while Louis Oosthuizen sits in third place at six under par.

Woodland was bogey-free in Friday's round, and he has had just one in the first two days of the tournament. He closed the second round with three birdies in the last five holes, and he drained a 50-foot bomb to close out his round.

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Woodland and Rose will tee off at 5:45 p.m. ET, while Oosthuizen and playing partner Aaron Wise start their round at 5:34 p.m. All third-round tee times can be found on the official U.S. Open website.


U.S. Open second-round leaders

1. Gary Woodland, -9
2. Justin Rose, -7
3. Louis Oosthuizen, -6
T4. Aaron Wise, -5
T4. Rory McIlroy, -5
T6. Chez Reavie, -4
T6. Chesson Hadley, -4
T6. Matt Kuchar, -4
T6. Brooks Koepka, -4
T6. Matt Wallace, -4

The full scoreboard can be found here.


Woodland on top, but can Koepka mount a charge?

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Brooks Koepka clawing his way up the leaderboard with a birdie at No. 16. He's just four off the lead. https://t.co/hGiEsp1qDI

Woodland has been sensational, but he must sustain his success while being chased by the likes of Rose, Oosthuizen, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar and two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka. 

At five strokes behind, Koepka should have a chance to make a run at Woodland and the top spot. He has not played his best golf, yet he is in contention.

"I feel great. I'm excited. I've got a chance. That's all you can ask for," Koepka said, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com). "I just need to make a few putts. Sometimes the hole just needs to open up. If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, have that feeling where the hole's opening up, it could be a fun round."

Koepka already has four major championships to his credit. If he is going to make it five, he must have a memorable third round.


Mickelson and Woods have long ways to go

Phil Mickelson (one under) and Tiger Woods (even) both have a lot of ground to make up. Mickelson had an up-and-down two-under round of 69, while Woods shot a one-over 72.

Mickelson is a six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, and a win in this tournament would give him the career Grand Slam. He was four under on the day through 14 holes, but he bogeyed two of the final four holes and had to settle for a 69.

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The left-hander is optimistic about his chances. "It's the best I've played in a long time, certainly since the start of the year," Mickelson said, per Ben Everill of PGATour.com. "If I'm patient, I'll get better as the week goes on. The goal is just to get within striking distance for Sunday."

Woods appeared to be in good shape for an excellent second round when he birdied the second hole, especially after he had putted so well in Thursday's opening round. However, he was unable to maintain his prowess on the greens and closed the round with two bogeys. 

"Overall, I kept leaving myself above the hole," Woods said, per Bob Harig of ESPN.com. "Unlike yesterday, when I missed it, I missed in the correct spots below the hole. Today, I never had that many looks from below the hole. And the one I did have, I made at 11."

While neither Mickelson nor Woods are close, both could have a chance with sensational rounds over the weekend.


McIlroy looms on moving day

Rory McIlroy has been solid all season, and he came into the U.S. Open off a victory in the RBC Canadian Open.


T2. @McIlroyRory gets to -6 after a birdie on No. 11. https://t.co/nyDxLfdp1L

McIlroy had missed the cut in his three previous U.S. Opens, but he has fired a 68-69 in the first two rounds this year is just four strokes behind Woodland.

McIlroy would be even closer had he not made a pair of mistakes on the back nine during the second round. He sent an approach shot on the par-four 13th over the green and could not get up and down.

He was then just slightly more than 100 yards away after two shots on the par-five 14th, but instead of putting himself in for an easy birdie with a stellar approach shot, McIlroy hit the false front and saw his shot roll off the green. When he put his next shot into the bunker and couldn't get up and down, he had to settle for a double bogey.

But McIlroy bounced back with birdies on No. 15 and 16 and has back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He has the ability to get even closer to the lead Saturday and make his final move Sunday.