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ALUMNI REPORT: Matthews makes cut in his first U.S. Open

CHANDLER, AZ – DECEMBER 09: Brandon Matthews plays a tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the Tour Qualifying Tournament at Whirlwind Golf Club on the Devel’s Claw course on December 9, 2017 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

Pittston Area graduate Brandon Matthews made it to the weekend in his first professional golf major.

Matthews made the cut in the U.S. Open at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. by reaching the midway point in the tournament at even par.

The 27-year-old from Dupont, who plays out of Jupiter, Fla., shot 1-under-par, 69 Friday after opening with a 71 Thursday.

Matthews hit the halfway point at even-par, 140, as part of an eight-way tie for 24th.

The original field of 156 players was trimmed to 64 at +3 or better.

Matthews was one of 34 players to break par Friday. Another 18 players shot par while 104 were over par.

The former Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state champion and Temple University standout birdied both par 5s Friday along with 15 pars and a single bogey.

Matthews is scheduled to tee off at 1:17 p.m. Saturday in a pairing with Andrew Putnam, another of the players at even par after two rounds. The final round is scheduled for Sunday.

Collin Morikawa shot a 66 Friday to join Joel Dahmen in the lead at 5-under-par, one shot in front of Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Aaron Wise, Hayden Buckley and Beau Hossler.

The group at even par includes Brooks Koepka and Hydeki Matsuyama.

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