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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - June 18: Richard Bland of England plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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In only his second U.S. Open appearance, Richard Bland is currently sitting at the top of the leaderboard at -5.

Bland, who last missed the cut in 2009, tee’d off at Torrey Pines at 7:07 a.m. Friday morning and finished the day with a four under par 67.

The 48-year-old’s last tournament win came in May when he won The 2021 Betfred British Masters.

“When I saw the course… it’s set up pretty straight, it was all there in front of you so if I kept driving it well I felt like I could give myself chances,” said Bland on his recent success.

Russell Henley tees today at 4:03 p.m. as he sits second overall on the leaderboard at -4.

Last year’s champion, Bryson DeChambeau, is tied at 19th place overall at E after finishing round 2 with a two under par 69.

Coverage of The 2021 U.S. Open continues Saturday and Sunday on NBC and Golf Channel.

Written by: Felipe Alvarez

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