Baylor School graduates Harris English and Stephan Jaeger will make a weekend of it at the 117th U.S. Open in Erin, Wis.
On a day when several former major winners — including Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, the top three in the World Golf Ranking — packed their bags at Erin Hills, English and Jaeger gave themselves 36 more holes at a tournament they didn't qualify for until last week.
English followed his opening 71 with a 69 Friday on the par-72, 7,741-yard layout and was three strokes behind the co-leaders, tied with five others for 13th place. Harris, a morning starter on No. 10, made six birdies to help minimize the damage that came from a stretch of three bogeys in four holes from Nos. 1 to 4. Playing in the U.S. Open for the third time in four years and a major for the 11th time overall, the PGA Tour regular is trying to improve on his best result, a tie for 15th at the 2013 British Open. Jaeger made the cut in a major for the first time after missing the weekend at the U.S. Open two years ago. The former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout, who is on a hot streak in the Web.com Tour, shot a 73 Friday (with three bogeys and two birdies) and was tied for 43rd at par 144.
While the United States Golf Association has put its own stamp on the course this week for the "Toughest Test in Golf," Jaeger does have course experience some of the household names lack at a venue that opened just 11 years ago — he played in the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, advancing to match play before losing in the second round.