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2020 U.S. Open leaderboard breakdown: Matthew Wolff goes way low, aims to be youngest champ since Bobby Jones – CBSSports.com

The third round of the 120th U.S. Open is in the books, and we’ve got some separation at the top of the leaderboard with Matthew Wolff (-5) and Bryson DeChambeau (-3) using Saturday to break out into their own tier with 18 holes left of action remaining. Wolff began his day four strokes off the lead and ended it with a two-stroke lead in the most impressive outing of the afternoon.

Wolff’s 5-under 65 tied for the best 18-hole score of the week at Winged Foot as he sliced through a star-studded leaderboard and perfectly positioned himself to win his first major championship on Sunday. His 54-hole score of 205 matches the lowest during a U.S. Open at Winged Foot in 36 years.

While Wolff may have mostly been unaffected, Winged Foot has a way of humbling even the hottest of golfers, which may come to haunt him and DeChambeau on Sunday. We saw it take down 36-hole leader Patrick Reed, who dropped to T8 with a third-round 76 to enter Sunday trailing by seven. He’s among the biggest names still in contention but looking to play catch-up, some despite impressive rounds of their own on Saturday.

1. Matthew Wolff (-5): Fairways hit are usually a meaningful stat. For Wolff, at least on Saturday, it was not. He hit just 2 of 14 fairways on the day and still carded a 65 to lead the field. The way he strikes it and the way he scrambles so effortlessly portends well for him closing this thing out with some hardware on Sunday, which would make him the first player to win in his U.S. Open debut since Francis Ouimet did it … 107 years ago tomorrow. Wolff would also be the youngest U.S. Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923.

2. Bryson DeChambeau (-3): Huge day, huge finish, huge golfer. DeChambeau started his day bogey-bogey but only had one other bogey — on No. 18 — the rest of his day. He played with total control and leveraged his length masterfully. Birdies on 16 and 17, despite the final bogey, should send him to Sunday feeling confident as ever that he can close this and steal it from Wolff. And he can do just that.

3. Louis Oosthuizen (-1): Second under-par round of the week for Oosthuizen, who finished with a 2-under 68, but this was his most complete round. Led the field in greens in regulation and was top five in strokes gained putting on the day. Pair of bogeys on the back sullied what was otherwise a brilliant outing. 

T4. Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English (E): Can the comeback kid do it again? Schauffele has trailed by two strokes or more entering the final round of all four of his wins on the PGA Tour. Five strokes feels like 50 at Winged Foot, but he had some stretches Saturday — including a 4 under stretch over four holes — that showed he’s got a run in him. This trio has played great golf all week, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the winner came from this bunch on Sunday should Wolff in particular falter.

7. Rory McIlroy (+1): After a second-round 76 on Friday, McIlroy’s 68 — with only one bogey on the day and a barrage of pars — was a huge improvement. Most importantly, he didn’t shoot himself out of the tournament. For the second time this week, he gained multiple strokes on the field putting. It’s going to take a near-perfect round Sunday from him to climb back into this, but if anyone has the goods to tackle this course with force for 18 holes, it’s him. 

T8. Zach Johnson and two others (+2): Johnson’s best round of the week and his first under-par round of the week has him hovering in the thick of things headed to Sunday. He started his round with a par on No. 1 and a bogey on No. 2 then played the remaining 16 at 3 under with nine consecutive pars to close his day. Johnson was able to scramble well and saved himself time and again with his putter, gaining 3.63 strokes — second among the field. 

T11. Alex Noren, Patrick Reed and four others (+3): The best early-round score of the day (until his fellow Oklahoma State brethren Wolff one-upped him), Noren dealt with some strong winds on the course early and battled through it with one weapon: his putter. He gained a massive 6.35 strokes on the field putting in Round 3 that led the field by more than two strokes. His 24 total putts were the fewest any golfer has taken in a single round all week, an advantage he’s relied on all week that could be particularly useful as he closes things out Sunday. As for Reed, it was a humbling 18 holes in which he not only lost the lead but now finds himself eight strokes off it. 

T17. Justin Thomas and three others (+4): After an opening-round 65, Thomas has played the last 36 holes at 9 over, including a week-worst 6 over 76 for him Saturday. Couldn’t hit fairways and was scrambling all day to save par, often with little success. 

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2020 U.S. Open leaderboard breakdown, takeaways: Patrick Reed takes lead, Bryson DeChambeau goes low – CBSSports.com

Round 2 of the 2020 U.S. Open on Friday brought out the wicked ways of Winged Foot we all expected to see this week. There were 21 golfers in total who started the day under par, yet only six finished in the red as the course’s setup suffocated the field throughout the afternoon. 

The conditions firmed up as the day wore on and the scores steadily rose with only three golfers carding rounds under par after a scoring bonanza (by U.S. Open standards) on Thursday. As we head to moving day, it’s Patrick Reed — at 4 under overall after an even-par Round 2 — who sits atop the leaderboard through 36 holes of action.

Reed leads by one stroke over Bryson DeChambeau and two strokes over Rafa Cabrera Bello, Harris English and Justin Thomas.

CBS Sports was with you the entire way Friday covering Round 2 of the U.S. Open. Let’s take a look at the top of the leaderboard through 36 holes. Keep on reading for highlights and analysis from Friday.

1. Patrick Reed (-4): Friday’s setup — with the pins tucked — didn’t scare Reed off. He stayed on the offensive, aggressively attacked the pins and rewarded himself with some fine putting. His 25 putts tied for the least among the field in Round 2, and for a second consecutive day, he gained strokes on the field around the greens.  “Tucked pins, ya gotta attack,” Reed told Golf Channel after his round. “The greens, they got fast. Yesterday was soft, benign. It’s like they set it up to ease us in, then they were going to show us what it was really going to be like.”

2. Bryson DeChambeau (-3): It was a rollercoaster of a day for DeChambeau, who finished with five bogeys, five birdies and an eagle. But overall, it was undeniably a net positive outing as he followed up his first-round 69 with a second-round 68. He finished second in the field in strokes gained off the tee and stayed in control of his driver, hitting 50% of the fairways for a second straight day. “I felt like a lot of things were working well for me,” he said after the round. “I was driving it well. My iron play was impeccable. When I got into trouble, [I] wasn’t able to get out of it as well as yesterday, but when I was in the fairway I was able to attack and take advantage, and finished really well today.”

T3. Justin Thomas, Harris English, Rafa Cabrera Bello (-2): Arguably no golfer today on Friday had a more dramatic about-face from first nine to back nine than J.T. After carding a U.S. Open Round 1 record-low of 65 on Thursday, he came out flat, bogeying four of his first eight holes. But Thomas rallied late, starting with a birdie on No. 18 and continuing onto the front by brushing off a double on No. 1 to play the final eight holes at 2 under. None of it was particularly elite-level golf, but this was the type of round that could’ve derailed his contention chances — and instead he grinded out a 3 over 73 to survive another day. English and Cabrera Bello, though, tied for the best round of this trio with both finishing at even par.

T7. Matthew Wolff, Xander Schauffele and three others (E): After hitting two fewer fairways (4 of 14) and two fewer greens in regulation (9 of 18) than his 4 under 64 opening round, Wolff swung wildly in the opposite direction with a 4-over 74 in Round 2. He struck the ball well and putted just OK but said after the round he needs to clean up little things to really score and compete in a meaningful way on the weekend. He should get a chance to do that just three strokes off the lead. Schauffele, on the other hand, took advantage of the conditions before things got treacherous, carding a second-round 72. He finished his final five holes at 3 over, sapping some momentum he built up throughout the round.

T12. Jon Rahm and four others (+1): Impressive all-around outing for Rahm again, braving the conditions to get in at 2 over despite a five-bogey day. He finished birdie-birdie-bogey to get in the clubhouse with a final nine score of even-par, and for a second straight day, he was among the longest in the field off the tees. The combination of his power, ball striking and control tee to green caters to his strengths at such a grueling course, and he’s going to be one of the non-leaders to watch closely into Moving Day.

T22. Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and four others (+3): McIlroy had everything working in Round 1 from tee to green, finishing first in strokes gained off the tee and inside the top 25 in that category with the putter. And while he again finished first in strokes gained off the tee Friday, the putter and short game just weren’t working for him the same on Friday. Makeable pars he continuously turned to bogeys, and easy putts for him on a normal day were a grind in Round 2. He’s not totally out of this, but he needs to find the happy medium between Thursday and Friday — and do it consistently — to win his second U.S. Open. Johnson, meanwhile, saved his best work (thus far) for Friday, finishing with a bounceback 70. He had the putter working and was long and confident off the tees, setting him up to potentially win his third outing in his last four events.

T73. Gary Woodland (+8): The reigning U.S. Open winner, hobbled with injury, followed up his opening round 74 with another 74 Friday, missing the cut. He explained post-round he has a torn labrum in his left hip and is set to see a specialist on Monday, because he “just can’t get around the pain.”

T90 Tiger Woods (+10) | T119 Phil Mickelson (+13): Sometimes great storylines just don’t pan out, what can we say? In a nostalgic return to Winged Foot for the older guard of the game, both Woods and Mickelson missed the cut, marking the first time ever the two missed it at the same U.S. Open after 20 prior events they played together. Woods went 2 under in his final three but still finished at 7 over on the day, while Mickelson — with a second-round 74 — couldn’t overcome the first-round 79 from Thursday.

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Tiger Woods is in the clubhouse with a 7 over 77. 10 over on the week, and he’s going to miss the cut. Nice par to end the week for him.

Justin Thomas in with a 3 over 73. He’s not happy, but he grinded that round out. In through 36 holes at 2 under.

If Morikawa misses the cut, it will be just the third time in his pro career. The 2020 PGA Championship winner is one of the sport’s biggest rising stars — to not have him this weekend is a bummer.

Big birdie putt for Collin Morikawa, who at 7 over was on the wrong end of the projected cut line.

And it’s short.

Tiger gets a nice out of the bunker on No. 9, his final hole here of the weekend. Can send himself out with a par.

Pat Reed in the house at 136. He’s -4 and will be in the final pairing with the Big Golfer (Bryson DeChambeau) on Saturday afternoon.

Tiger made a birdie! It won’t matter because it’s so late in the round, but at least he didn’t go the whole day without one.

Massive eagle from Brendon Todd on No. 9 as he gets in the house at even par. Two 70s from him this weekend, and he’ll be your champ! I actually feel better about him on a nasty course like this than I do on an easy one.

Bogey-birdie-bogey run for Patrick Reed as he hits the final two holes. Still a pretty great day for him despite conditions. T1 with Bryson, and we’ll see if he can make it solo.

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2020 U.S. Open leaderboard breakdown: Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed put themselves in contention Thursday – CBSSports.com

The top of the leaderboard through Round 1 of the 2020 U.S. Open is loaded with star power, as world No. 3 Justin Thomas leads the field through 18 holes and four of the golfers inside the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings — Thomas, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele — all comprise part of the leaderboard’s top 10 at Winged Foot.

Thomas fired an opening-round best 5-under par 65 to get his week started, playing a near-flawless first round with only one bogey and six birdies.

“It was a really, really solid round of golf,” he said post-round. “It’s one of the best rounds I’ve played in a while tee to green. There are a couple things here and there that definitely could have been better, but I made sure all of my misses were in the right spot, and that’s what you have to do at a U.S. Open.”

Reed, Thomas Pieters and Matthew Wolff are T2 through Round 1, trailing Thomas (-5) by just one stroke. McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen are 3 under and T5.

It was a surprising day on the track comparative to expectations. Winged Foot quick greens and treacherous roughs were projected to give golfers fits this week, and talk of a winner with an over-par final-round score was widely discussed in the lead-up to Thursday. Yet 20 golfers are in the red as we head to Friday with the sport’s stars taking advantage of the conditions and the set up.

“I hit the ball very well,” McIlroy told Golf Channel recapping his own round. “I kept it in play, hit a lot of greens, hit a lot of fairways, did everything you have to do at a U.S. Open. I sort of walked off the golf course today a little disappointed; I felt like I could’ve went lower. But before starting out today if someone had given me a 67, I would have taken it.”

CBS Sports was with you the entire way updating this story with everything that happened in Round 1. You can read that below after we break down the key names on the U.S. Open leaderboard through 18 holes.

1. Justin Thomas (-5): Playing with control and shaping your shots will be key this week, and that’s exactly what Thomas did to take the lead through 18 holes. He finished T8 among the field in fairways hit and T7 in greens in regulation, converting some big opportunities with his putter when he needed. He went on a birdie-birdie-birdie run from holes 9-11 and finished with a 3 under 32 on the back.

T2. Patrick Reed (-4): Reed’s day turned around in a hurry on the front nine. He double-bogeyed the par-4 5th hole, birdied the 6th then made the first of two hole-in-ones on the par-3 7th to get under par. From there, he played the final 11 holes at 3 under without a bogey.

T2. Matthew Wolff, Thomas Pieters (-4): After dropping his first stroke of the day on No. 10, Wolff rallied for a birdie streak from 11-13 to climb back into contention and into position as T2 through Round 1. He was crisp in his approach and solid around the greens, too, where he gained 1.45 strokes on the field. Pieters on the other hand struggled around the greens but gained strokes on the field off the tee in his approach. He finished his final nine with a bogey-free 2 under.

T5. Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen (-3): Rory led the field in greens hit in regulation — at 83% — and in strokes gained off the tee. He was particularly impressive on the par 3s as well, playing the four of them at a combined 3 under. It was a perfect mix of power and finesse for him as he had everything working, and while he said he felt he could have gone even lower, that blend of talent could help him win out this week if he continues firing on all cylinders.

T8. Xander Schauffele and five others (-2): Schauffele put together matching 34s on the back and front nine to get in the clubhouse with a 2-under par 68 on the day, T8 with Jason Kokrak, Brendon Todd, Harris English, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Joaquin Niemann. He was among the best in the field on Thursday on the green, gaining 2.7 strokes on the field with his putter.

T14. Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and five others (-1): As he promised, DeChambeau was bombs away from the jump, and he finished in seventh among the field in strokes gained off the tee. Fowler was in control early and played well in his approach, hitting eight fairways and finishing top six in greens hit in regulation. Rahm, though, led the field in greens hit in regulation. He played a pretty clean 1-under round with some expected ups and downs to start before settling in. He carded just one bogey and 10 pars in his final 11.

T71. Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and 19 others (+3): What started as a fairly promising Round 1 — a front nine score of 1 over and a birdie-birdie start to his back nine — devolved pretty quickly into disaster for Tiger. He bogeyed 13, 14 and 17 and then double-bogeyed 18 after flubbing his approach, lamenting his finish post-round. D.J. was up and down throughout and rebounded from a double-bogey on No. 4 to play his final 14 at 1 over. The reigning FedEx Cup champion was T11 in driving distance but struggled with control, hitting only six of a possible 14 fairways.

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Wolff has a chance to tie JT late here. I’m pretty impressed with his performance so far. I didn’t think his short game would stand up on this course, but it definitely has so far.

This board is just absolutely loaded and remains that way. No pretenders. OK, maybe a few pretenders, but I’m not going to reveal who they are.

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