Masters champion Scheffler gives US Open some name recognition

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The idea that the US Open is open to everyone doesn’t stop with qualifying for the right to play golf’s toughest test.

Another day brought another surprise to the Country Club when Nick Hardy – technically the last player in the 156-man field – pieced together a 2-under 68 on Friday to share the lead with Masters champion Scottie Scheffler among the early starters .

It came a day after Adam Hadwin – who came on as a substitute just eight days before the start of the Championship – took the 18-hole lead.

That’s not unusual for a US Open, which a year ago had England’s Richard Bland in the mix.


“It couldn’t have been a better start,” said Hardy, who qualified for two U.S. Opens while playing at Illinois, where he was the Big Ten champion.

And it couldn’t have been a quicker outing for Phil Mickelson, who at least delighted the fans with some big birdies – 45ft on No. 5, nearly 60ft on No. 6 – who didn’t. helped only save a 73. He still missed the cut for the second time in three years at the US Open.

Next up is Oregon in two weeks for the next Saudi-backed LIV event.

Among the afternoon starters was another mix of contenders – two-time major champion Collin Morikawa and David Lingmerth, who secured his spot as a substitute US Open qualifier, set the pace for in the afternoon when reaching 5 cents.

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