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US OPEN: Woodland gouges out birdie, leads by 2


At Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links

Through two rounds; Par 71


Gary Woodland         68-65—133

Justin Rose                 65-70—135

Louis Oosthuizen       66-70—136

Aaron Wise                66-71—137

Rory McIlroy              68-69—137

Chez Reavie               68-70—138

Chesson Hadley         68-70—138

Matt Kuchar              69-69—138

Brooks Koepka          69-69—138

Matt Wallace              70-68—138

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gary Woodland finished off a bogey-free round by making birdie from a divot in the fairway, giving him a 6-under 65 for a two-shot lead and the lowest 36-hole score in the six U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach.

Woodland’s seemingly perfect drive on the ninth hole settled into a deep divot, and he gouged out a shot from 217 yards onto the green and holed the 50-foot birdie putt.

His 65 matched the U.S. Open record at Pebble Beach for the second time in two days, a testament to a course that remained soft under low clouds. He was at 9-under 133, beating by one shot the 36-hole record at Pebble Beach that Tiger Woods set in 2000.

Woodland, with the 36-hole lead for the second time in four majors, led by two over Justin Rose, who had a 70.