SAN FRANCISCO – Her first U.S. Open was a missed lower six years in the past, and he or she began Round 2 proper on the projected cutline.
Now, Michigan St. alum Sarah Burnham is T-12 at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club after her Friday 6-under 66, which moved her up over 40 spots in the leaderboard.
“Last night, I was just like talking to my boyfriend and he was just telling me, ‘Don’t leave any shots out there, just give it all you have,’ and that’s exactly what I did today,” stated Burnham in Friday’s press convention following her round, the lowest of the week in the area so far.
Burnham flipped the swap after her first round – fairly actually. On Thursday, she made six bogeys and one birdie to shoot 5-over 76.
“I didn’t hit many fairways, so it was tough to hit the greens,” she stated. “If you’re even in the first cut, you can almost have such a bad lie that you are not getting to the green.”
Then, the subsequent day she reversed it, making six birdies and solely on bogey. Three of these birdies got here on Nos. 2, 6, and 14, three of the hardest holes on the golf course.
“I just really focused in on hitting fairways, and then when I was there to that point, hitting the green,” she stated. “That’s kind of just what I did, was just hit the green and hopefully it’ll get close or maybe a putt will drop.”
Patience continues to be a standard theme between the gamers in rivalry for the U.S. Open title. Burnham, now in her third 12 months, additionally thanks her expertise on tour for a way she was in a position to reverse her round.
“I’ve grown a ton. Like my experience is I think what’s helped me grow overall. I was a freshman in college and now I’m 25. Just like even going through college and getting better there has helped tremendously get me to where I am today,” she stated.
Burnham earned second-team All-America honors in 2018, turning into the first Spartan to take action since 2010. She had 14 profession top-five finishes and completed in the prime 10 in 26 of her 45 profession tournaments. Burhman additionally had three tournament wins and was voted Big Ten Golfer of the Week six occasions.
She tees off at 1:40 p.m. ET time in Round 3 and begins six strokes again of chief Yuka Saso.