LOS ANGELES — Rickie Fowler picked up where he left off on Friday afternoon.
Fowler birdied three on the first three holes of the second round at the Los Angeles Country Club after teaming up with Xander Schauffele to set a new tournament-record 8-under 62 on Thursday. That stretch saw him leapfrog Windham Clarke to finish an impressive second round in the morning wave of the US Open and briefly lead the standings.
Fowler finished with a 2-under 68 after a very volatile round with eight birdies and six bogeys. Fowler is now 10 under par this week, one more than Clark and others.
Rory McIlroy finished third at 8-under thanks to a solid finish with four birdies on the last five holes. Xander Schauffele equaled him for a closing birdie on Friday night. Harris English is fifth at 7 under par, while Dustin Johnson leads the group at 6 under par. Former Masters breakout star and former U.S. Amateur champion Sam Bennett also made the top ten.
The cut was set for two overs, and on Friday he thrashed big names such as Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Max Houma and Justin Thomas who struggled in the 11th over.
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