Gary Woodland, USA, has the half-way lead in the U.S.Open at Pebble Beach in California, making a 50ft birdie putt on his last hole, the 9th.
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Gary equaled the tournament low round of -6 under par 65 to grab the 36 hole lead in the U.S. Open with a -9 under par total, with that birdie on the last hole to break clear;
“My short game has come around, I’ve always been a pretty good ball striker, I’ve relied on my ball striking on my whole career, athletic ability, but the short game and putting has kind of held me back.”
“At the PGA last year I made a lot of putts, especially early in the week. Obviously it was nice to finish in the top 10 and get that monkey off the back.”
First round leader Justin Rose, England, could only manage to card a -1 under round of 70 today, to be in second place at -7 under par;
“No expectations for the weekend, really.”
“It’s great being in contention in any U.S. Open but especially here at Pebble. It’s my first here. I missed the one in 2010, in probably some of the best form of my life that year, so it was a tough one to sit at home.”
“It is nice to be in contention.”
“I like my position, I like the golf course, I like the way I’m trending. I still don’t feel like I’m clicking but if I can find that gear hopefully I can hoist some silverware.”
Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa has third place at -6 under par, with a second round -1 under 70.
Aaron Wise, even par 71 today, and Rory McIlroy, -2 under 69 are tied in fourth spot with -5 under totals.
Tiger Woods was +1 over 72 today to be T 32 at even par for the tournament, and seemingly not in touch with his best form.