Southampton - Louis Oosthuizen thanked his lucky stars after he battled his way to stay alive at the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
Oosthuizen shot rounds of 74 and 72 to make the weekend and lie in a tie for 35th on 6-over par, ten strokes adrift of halfway leader, American Dustin Johnson.
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The 2010 Open Championship winner admitted that he is not in the best of form and found it extremely troubling to get going in Long Island.
"Yeah, I think we got it very lucky with the weather. This morning didn't look too great and then the rain stopped and the wind died down the last nine holes. It was perfect conditions to score but it's still a tough golf course. You have to hit good shots and play well," Oosthuizen told Sport24 after his round on Friday.
"I'm just not on form at the moment and I'm not swinging it great. It was a battle the whole way and I kept it together nicely but I need to work a bit tomorrow morning until we go and see if I can find something."
Statistics showed that Oosthuizen only managed to hit 64 percent of the fairways with the 35-year-old noting that he's just couldn't drive with any accuracy.
"I drove it terribly and I'm normally a good driver of the golf ball. I didn't hit it where I wanted to, I missed a lot of fairways and around this kind of golf course you need to hit your fairways," said Oosthuizen.
Looking ahead into the weekend, there's no denying that Oosthuizen wants to win the US Open, however he admits that he is a long way back from the red-hot Johnson.
"I need a good Saturday, I need the conditions to get tough and play well. If it stays the way it is now, I'm a long way back," he said.
"I need to play really well but you never know with the US Open. If they firm it up a bit and they tough it and I play very well, I can gain a lot of strokes."
Oosthuizen will tee off on Saturday alongside American Patrick Cantlay at 17:52 SA time.
Second-round scores on Friday in the 118th US Open Golf Championship at Shinnecock Hills (USA unless noted, par-70):
136 - Dustin Johnson 69-67
140 - Scott Piercy 69-71, Charley Hoffman 71-69
141 - Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 75-66, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 71-70, Justin Rose (ENG) 71-70, Brooks Koepka 75-66, Ian Poulter (ENG) 69-72
142 - Russell Henley 69-73, Rickie Fowler 73-69
143 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 74-69, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 73-70, Charles Howell 71-72
144 - Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP) 73-71, Alex Noren (SWE) 72-72, Jim Furyk 73-71, Pat Perez 73-71, Justin Thomas 74-70, Jason Dufner 70-74, Tyler Duncan 77-67, Brian Harman 74-70, Patrick Rodgers 72-72, Russell Knox (SCO) 73-71, Mickey DeMorat 72-72, Calum Hill (SCO) 75-69
145 - Ryan Fox (NZL) 73-72, Will Grimmer 73-72, Brendan Steele 72-73, Jimmy Walker 75-70, Branden Grace (RSA) 76-69, Patrick Reed 73-72, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 75-70, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 75-70, Bryson DeChambeau 76-69
147 - Xander Schauffele 72-74, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 74-72, Patrick Cantlay 75-71, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 74-72, Paul Casey (ENG) 73-73, Zach Johnson 73-73, Phil Mickelson 77-69, Andrew Johnston 73-73, Dylan Meyer 77-69, Chris Naegel 73-73
147 - Sam Burns 71-76, Brian Gay 73-74, Peter Uihlein 75-72, Tony Finau 75-72, Webb Simpson 76-71, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 75-72, Ross Fisher (ENG) 76-71, Li Haotong (CHN) 79-68, An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 71-76, Matt Parziale (USA) 74-73, Kevin Chappell 75-72, Daniel Berger 76-71, Luis Gagne (CRC) 73-74
148 - Dean Burmester (RSA) 75-73, Gary Woodland 79-69, Steve Stricker 73-75, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 76-72, Brandt Snedeker 72-76, Cameron Wilson 75-73, Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 71-77, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN) 76-72, Bill Haas 76-72, Tim Wilkinson (NZL) 76-72
149 - Roberto Castro 75-74, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 76-73, Lucas Glover 77-72, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 79-70, Kim Si-Woo (KOR) 73-76, Chez Reavie 75-74, Braden Thornberry 76-73, Matthew Southgate (ENG) 77-72, Jason Scrivener 78-71, Eric Axley 73-76, Jordan Spieth 78-71, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 76-73, Im Sung-jae (KOR) 76-73, Matthew Wallace (ENG) 77-72, Lanto Griffin 76-73
150 - Matthew Jones (AUS) 76-74, Tiger Woods 78-72, Brian Stuard 74-76, Sebastian Vazquez (MEX) 77-73, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 80-70, Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 74-76, Tyler Strafaci 78-72
151 - Aaron Wise, 77-74, Cameron Smith (AUS) 79-72, Sebastian Munoz (COL) 80-71, Will Zalatoris 80-71, Chesson Hadley 76-75, Mackenzie Hughes (CAN) 76-75, Bubba Watson 77-74, Tom Lewis (ENG) 79-72
152 - Ollie Schniederjans 76-76, Luke List 75-77, Kevin Kisner 77-75, Jason Day (AUS) 79-73, Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 79-73, Danny Willett (ENG) 75-77, Matt Kuchar 74-78, Cole Miller 78-74
153 - Richie Ramsay (SCO) 77-76, Adam Scott (AUS) 78-75, Trey Mullinax 79-74, David Bransdon (AUS) 79-74, Doug Ghim 79-74, Park Sung-joon (KOR) 81-72
154 - Paul Waring (ENG) 78-76, Ted Potter 76-78, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 75-79, Kyle Stanley 75-79, Shane Lowry (IRL) 75-79, Christopher Babcock 78-76, Rhett Rasmussen 80-74, Scott Stallings 80-74, Harold Varner 79-75, Michael Putnam 78-76
155 - Liang Wenchong (CHN) 79-76, Keegan Bradley 81-74, Jon Rahm (ESP) 78-77, Stewart Hagestad 81-74, Michael Miller 77-78
156 - Theo Humphrey 84-72, Ryan Evans (ENG) 78-78, Richy Werenski 76-80, Jacob Bergeron 81-75
157 - Yu Chun An (TPE) 76-81, Ernie Els (RSA) 78-79, Lucas Herbert (AUS) 83-74, David Gazzolo 76-81, Alexander Levy (FRA) 77-80
158 - Kenny Perry 79-79, Martin Kaymer (GER) 83-75, Adam Hadwin (CAN) 83-75, Rikuya Hoshino (JPN) 79-79, Ryan Lumsden (SCO) 82-76, James Morrison (ENG) 81-77, Franklin Huang 82-76, Timothy Wiseman 83-75, Garrett Rank (CAN) 83-75, Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 78-80, Satoshi Kodaira (JPN) 81-77, Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) 81-77
159 - Shota Akiyoshi (JPN) 82-77, Noah Goodwin 81-78, Harry Ellis (ENG) 80-79, Shintaro Ban 81-78, Sulman Raza 82-77
160 - Michael Hebert 87-73
161 - Philip Barbaree 82-79
163 - Michael Block 85-78
167 - Scott Gregory (ENG) 92-75