The Latest: Hovland continues love affair with Pebble Beach

The Latest on the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (all times local):

8 a.m.

Viktor Hovland of Norway loves Pebble Beach.

Hovland won the U.S. Amateur last summer at Pebble Beach, and he had the low score among 16 amateurs in the field Thursday with a 2-under 69. Two other amateurs broke par in the opening round — U.S. Junior winner Michael Thorbjornsen and British Amateur champion Jevon Rebula.

This will be Hovland’s final event without getting paid. He is leaving Oklahoma State to turn pro and will make his debut next week at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Hovland starts his second round Friday morning with two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.


7 a.m.

A dry forecast for the U.S. Open doesn’t mean dry conditions at Pebble Beach.

The second round began Friday morning with low clouds off the Pacific Ocean and what felt like a light mist, which is sure to keep the golf course from getting overly firm.

Justin Rose tries to build on his record-tying 65 from the first round that gave him a one-shot lead. He played in the morning alongside Tiger Woods, who was five shots behind. Brooks Koepka opened with a 69. He also plays in the morning wave of the second round.

The cut is made Friday to the low 60s and ties. Among those playing later and hopeful of a low score is Phil Mickelson, who needs only the U.S. Open title to complete the career Grand Slam.

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