By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports activities Author
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — In a single day co-leader Joel Dahmen gave again 4 strokes earlier than making the flip within the third spherical of the U.S. Open. Beau Hossler and Hayden Buckley, who began one stroke again, fell off the leaderboard solely.
For Patrick Rodgers and Matthew NeSmith, the short-lived thrill of contending at a serious event may simply need to do.
The qualifiers who lingered among the many leaders for 36 holes at The Nation Membership got here again to actuality Saturday like so many NCAA Match 12 seeds who pull off a first-round upset solely to be despatched house earlier than the weekend is completed.
“I knew it was going to be exhausting. I didn’t comprehend it was going to be that tough,” mentioned Dahmen, a bucket-hatted journeyman whose automotive was misplaced by the valet after the second spherical. “It was approach tougher at the moment. But it surely was a real U.S. Open setup, that’s for positive.”
The U.S. Open earned its identify by opening its discipline to anybody who could make it via qualifying, whether or not they’re an expert not in any other case exempt or an newbie with a handicap that exhibits they belong. Almost 9,000 strive, with 870 competing in a one-day, 36-hole closing check for the few spots allotted to every website.
Six of the highest 12 second-round leaders got here via qualifying, sharing the late tee occasions with main championship winners like Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy.
And on Saturday, they came upon why the USGA payments the event as “the hardest check in golf.”
Solely Adam Hadwin, an alternate who did not obtain his invitation till Paul Casey withdrew on June 8 with a nasty again, remained inside two strokes of leaders Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick at 4 beneath.
“Fairly loopy to suppose,” mentioned Hadwin, who shot a 59 in a PGA Tour occasion in 2017 and gained a event that 12 months. “I used to be excited to get the decision simply because I’ve been taking part in some good golf.
“I felt like I used to be well-prepared to come back in and simply type of plod alongside and simply shot after shot,” he mentioned. “And issues have labored out to this point.”
Hadwin, who was alone within the lead after the primary spherical, shot 70 on Saturday and was 2 beneath for the event. Dahmen was tied for seventh at 1 beneath; Nick Hardy (73) was alone in tenth at even par.
Buckley had two double bogeys in his spherical and limped house with a 75, leaving him tied with NeSmith (74) for eleventh at 1 over. Hossler’s 78 left him at 4 over; Rodgers shot 75 and was 2 over.
Dahmen, a testicular most cancers survivor who has one profession PGA Tour victory, was 5 beneath via 36 holes, ok to tee off within the closing group with Morikawa.
However he left a birdie putt quick on the primary gap and three-putted to fall out of the lead. Dahmen additionally bogeyed Nos. 4, 7 and eight earlier than pars on the final 11 holes left him at 1 beneath, tied for seventh.
“The wind flipped, made a few of the simple holes actually exhausting, and the primary 4 holes had been brutal,” he mentioned.
Sunday’s setup figures to be much more difficult.
“Perhaps I can sneak up behind them tomorrow,” Dahmen mentioned. “My recreation is correct there. I’ve confirmed I can dangle with these guys. You understand, if I get off to a very good begin tomorrow, it’s going to be actually enjoyable. That’s the objective.”
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