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Co-leader Dahmen is grateful to show up at the US Open after all

June 17 (Reuters) – Joel Dahmen, tied for first place ahead of the weekend at this year’s US Open, said he was happy to have a change of heart after nearly skipping the contest to focus on the PGA Tour events he felt were more suitable. at his game.

The 34-year-old is five under par at the Country Club outside Boston and had he not missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, he would have sole possession of first place and a one shot ahead of Collin Morikawa. .

“There was a lot of talk before that the week before. I told my wife I wasn’t going to do it,” Dahmen told reporters, after his second-round 2-under 68.

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“I was never really going to until I played better at Memorial and the game was there.”

The affable American said he always adjusts to the extra attention he receives and can’t help but wave to fans even in pressured situations, but is happy to tapping into the competitive energy that is deep within him.

“I’m incredibly happy now, for sure,” he said.

“Sometimes you take what you have here a bit for granted. I think this is my eighth or ninth major championship, and not too long ago I would have done a lot to play there.”

Amid the fanfare and pressure that comes with playing on sport’s biggest stage, he said the key to his outstanding game at 36 was staying within himself.

“It was just like, man, you’re playing great, don’t mess it up now,” he said.

“Get out of your own way. Just hit a few golf shots, and I did that really well.”

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Reporting by Rory Carroll in San Francisco; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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