Graeme McDowell was pleased with his position heading into the weekend of the 122th US Open Championship, despite dropping three shots in the final four holes of his second round.
The Northern Irishman, winner of this title in 2010 at Pebble Beach, birdied the 15th and 16th – his seventh and eighth holes of the day – to go into second place on his own at two under par.
However, McDowell then bogeyed the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth holes, and slipped back to one over par and into a tie for seventh place after signing for a round of 72.
“It’s just a brutal test of golf,” said McDowell.
“I’m disappointed to bogey three of the last four today. I hit a decent shot into five and missed it on the short side. On six, I hit a great shot, but missed the putt; then on eight, I got a shooter off the back and had a tough up and down.
“But that’s what this golf course can do to you in a heartbeat; and, to be honest with you, if you had offered me one over par starting on the first tee yesterday, having seen what I saw in the morning, I would have probably snapped your arm off for it.
“So I’m very happy to be where I am. I think I’ve played some really nice golf over the last two days, and enough birdies to offset some mistakes – which I think is key.”He was still right in contention, as most of those ahead of him were still out on the course and finding life just as hard.
Woods hit back with a 30-foot birdie putt on the tenth and became second on his own to Furyk when Hossler bogeyed the second and double-bogeyed the fourth.