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US Open 2022: Collin Morikawa shares the lead ahead of Rory McIlroy, John Rahm and Scottie Scheffler

Collin Morikawa hit the front after the second round of the 122nd US Open, but he has the top three players in the world chasing him at Brookline.

Morikawa hit five birdies in a four-under 66 to share the lead with fellow American Joel Dahmen on five-under.

Defending champion Jon Rahm and world number three Rory McIlroy are just a shot behind, with top-ranked Scottie Scheffler a further back.

Matt Fitzpatrick leads the English challenge with two under after a 70.

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The United States Golf Association may have feared the worst when questions about the all-new LIV Golf series dominated the build-up, but they couldn’t have wished for a better mid-term standings.

It’s the dream scenario for a major championship with four of the world’s top seven battling it out for the title – led by defending Open champion Morikawa looking to win his third major.

Four-time major champion McIlroy, who won the Canadian Open last week, is chasing world number two Rahm and current Masters champion Scheffler.

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There’s a pinch of surprise in a crowded rankings, with world No. 130 Dahmen tied for the lead in his third US Open, and fellow qualifiers Hayden Buckley at four under and Nick Hardy at three under.

Rory saves his sleeve after double bogey, Chip-in brings Scheffler to life

McIlroy got into trouble early in his round after a wild shot from the fairway plunged him deep into a Brookline Fescue, and it took him three shots to escape.

The response was emphatic as he drained a 22ft putt to escape with a double bogey six when it could have been much worse.

“It was massive,” McIlroy told Sky Sports of his putt.

“There aren’t a lot of double bogeys when you have a small punch, but it was important to punch it and I came back very well afterwards.”

Recent majors’ McIlroy may have crumbled, but there’s a calm and steely composure about the Northern Irishman this week, as he showed with three birdies in his last six holes. to finish with a fight round of 69 to move to four under.

Morikawa leads as Rahm pleads for defense
Morikawa, 25, has already won the US PGA Championship and the Open, so he would complete the third leg of a career grand slam with the US Open title.

After two bogeys on Thursday, he had just one on Friday, and staying patient is his clear game plan for the weekend as he goes in search of a third Major.

“I had a bogey which was a mental mistake, getting too greedy, so the goal is just to be patient and not try to force anything here,” Morikawa said.

Rahm is a solid defender of his title as he looks to emulate Brooks Koepka in winning back-to-back US Opens, with a 67 putting him four under alongside McIlroy, Hayden Buckley and Aaron Wise.

The highlight was an eagle on the par five 14th hole after two typically vigorous shots from the 27-year-old Spaniard left him with a 12-foot putt, which he rolled into.

But he followed that up with three birdies and a 55-yard eagle chip-in on the 14th in a three-under 67 to move to three-under.

The 25-year-old is in a great position as he looks to continue an incredible season that has already seen him win five times, including his first major at Augusta National.

In the first wave, Scheffler recovered from a missed fairway chip on the fifth hole, which ended up rolling back down the hill and further than his initial shot and leading to the first of consecutive bogeys.

England’s Fitzpatrick had to play a round-tying 70 but is just three to two under alongside Sam Burns (67) and overnight leader Adam Hadwin (72).

Fitzpatrick, who won the US Amateur title at this course in 2013, struggled to stay in contention after making three bogeys in a row on his back nine, but the Yorkshireman’s persistence paid off with birdies on his 14th and 17th hole.

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