It will go down as a missed cut by Sam Bairstow this week at Pinehurst. In fact, the 25-year-old English tour pro won’t come close to making the weekend. But he’ll still leave North Carolina with a boost of confidence—and a (small) piece of U.S. Open history.

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Nothing went right for Bairstow during a first-round 84 that put him in dead last after Day 1 as he battled to beat bogey golf. But through most of Friday’s morning wave, no one played better than the lefty.

Bairstow bounce back in a big way with a second-round 67, an amazing 17-shot improvement from Thursday. And according to stats guru Justin Ray, that matches the biggest turnaround in U.S. Open history over the last 40 years.

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Bairstow won on the European Challenge Tour last year and currently plays on the DP World Tour. He’s played in two previous Open Championships with a T-81 in 2022 being his best result.

Bairstow will finish lower than that in his U.S. Open debut, but in a strange way, it will probably feel a lot better. Just ask any player sticking around the rest of the week how much they’d pay to shoot 67 here over the weekend.

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