Live updates from round two on Brookline

ONEAfter months, weeks, days, hours of incessant debate over the hits and misses of the Saudi rebel series, some real golf broke out on Thursday, and it was an action-packed round enough for people to forget, momentarily, that the sport is engulfed in civil war.

In recent weeks Rory McIlroy has emerged as the face of the anti-LIV Golf faction and yesterday two tantrums, four birdies and just the lone bogey again illustrated that if it’s pure box office you want Northern Irish and by extension the PGA Tour there’s still plenty of it. It’s the second major race in the world that the number 3 has started well and after three under 67 he is just one behind first round leader Adam Hadwin.

McIlroy has been without a major since 2014 and is focused on ending the drought at Brookline.

“It’s been eight years since I won a major, and I just want to get my hands on one again,” he said after his round.

For a long time, it was his performances in the early rounds of majors that held him back. Now, for the second big race, McIlroy is prominent on the leaderboard after 18 holes. But he knows as much as anyone that with 54 holes he still has a lot to do, and after the US PGA Championship a month ago, when he fired a first round 65 but finished eighth, the four-time champion the winner knows he has everything to do. to win No.5.

McIlroy is in a five-way tie for second place, with Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose two out of seven on two down.

A prominent name on the leaderboard, but not known to many, is Callum Tarren. The 31-year-old from Darlington was shocked to hit the same score as McIlroy. Having played both the China Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour in the US, he’s not known to many in the UK, but another round like yesterday’s 67 will have people sitting up and paying attention.

“I’m kind of pinching myself,” he said, after his beautiful 18-hole opening.

Of the rebellious golfers, Dustin Johnson was the most impressive, the American shooting two under 68. For LIV’s most prominent golfer, Phil Mickelson, it was a day to forget. The six-time main winner, hitting an overlooked eight over 78.

He’s among the first to start, so stay here for all the action for the day.

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