SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the U.S. Open (all times local):
Led by a 32 on his first nine holes by Rafael Cabrera Bello, scoring is improving at the U.S. Open.
Rainy conditions certainly are helping.
Shinnecock Hills, which played to an average of 76.4 strokes in the opening round, has been far less difficult while wet. Cabrera Bello of Spain birdied the 10th, 16th and 18th holes as he started on the back side. That puts him at even par, still three shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.
Johnson, the world’s top-ranked player, is 2 under through seven holes, also on the back side, with birdies at the 11th and 16th.
Also having good starts to their second rounds are Russell Henley, another co-leader on Thursday who is 1 under for the day and one stroke in back of Johnson, and Tiger Woods, who is 1 under in the same group with Johnson. Woods is at 7 over for the tournament.
Day 2 of the U.S. Open has a different look, with light winds, cool temperatures, some drizzle under gray skies greeting early starters.
After brutal conditions in the opening round that sent scores soaring, players returned to Shinnecock Hills in hopes of making some birdies that were so elusive the day before.
Co-leader Dustin Johnson made one on his second hole to move to 2 under par for the tournament, tied with Russell Henley, who is also 1 under on his round. Tiger Woods also is 1 under through four holes, trying to recover after an opening 78.
Woods and Johnson are playing together in the featured morning group that includes Justin Thomas, who is even par through four holes.
Shinnecock Hills, set up for par 70 in the Open, played to an average of 76.4 in the first round. That included 199 double bogeys or worse for the field.
The second round of the U.S. Open on Friday has begun in much better fashion for Tiger Woods.
Woods triple-bogeyed his first hole on Thursday on the way to an 8-over-par 78 that left him nine shots behind the leaders. But in chillier conditions under cloudy skies, Woods birdied the par-4 10th, his opening hole.
Dustin Johnson, his playing partner and one of the leaders after the first round, also had a birdie, on No. 11. He is at 2 under, tied with Russell Henley, who has two birdies and a bogey through seven holes.