Richard Bland and Russell Henley are tied for the lead at five-under following the second round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Richard Bland, a 48-year-old from England who recently won on the European Tour last month in his 478th start, shot a 4-under 67 and walked off Torrey Pines with his name atop the leaderboard in only his fourth major.
Russell Henley, the joint-leader on day one, had a chance to build a two-shot lead Friday afternoon when he stood over an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth. He missed and then watched his 2-foot par putt spin out of the cup. That gave him a 70 to join Bland 5-under 137.
South African Louis Oosthuizen (71) and the American Matthew Wolff (68) were one shot behind off the leaders.
Another shot back were two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (67) and Jon Rahm (70), a past winner at Torrey Pines and former world No. 1.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau is level par after a 68, alongside two-time winner Brooks Koepka (73). Also at even-par 142 was Justin Thomas, who carded a 3-under 68.
Victor Hovland withdrew from the U.S. Open midway through his second round due to a problem with his eye. Hovland made four bogeys on the front nine in his second round and pulled out after a double-bogey at the 10th.
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