Bogeys on the 6th and 8th see Matteo Manassero slip off the pace for now. He's four under for the tournament but one over today. The early indications from this afternoon's rounds is no-one is going to tear things up...
Having said that Brooks Koepka decides to make a monkey of me with an eagle on the 10th and then a birdie on the 11th and the American rockets back into a joint share of the lead.
Don't discount the inimitable Rickie Fowler in all this. The charismatic American has birdied the 4th and 5th and is just one shot off the leaders now.
A statement of intent from Dustin Johnson, who has birdied the 1st and the 3rd to move to three under. The American was joint second at the Open in 2011 in case you've forgotten...
Best round of the day to date? That particular accolade is shared by George Coetzee, DA Points and Gary Woodland who have all carded three under 69s.
After his bogey on the 1st, Rory McIlroy has collected himself and string together three successive pars to remain five under.
Charl Schwartzel making inroads on the leaders with birdies on the 1st and the par five 5th. That makes the South African two under for the day and three under overall and he's now just two tantalising shots adrift.
Another man making waves is Jim Furyk, who goes out in 34 and is now in a share of the lead. It's 11 years since the 44-year-old won the US Open but he's looking in good nick at Hoylake today.
Rory McIlroy sinks an easy-peasy birdie putt on the 5th and he's back on his own atop of the leaderboard.
A little bit of a lull in terms of leaderboard action. I'm not saying all the players are being cautious but there is definitely a sense that hanging in there rather than going for broke is the way forward at the moment.
And of course as soon as I reference a lack of leaderboard action, Rory McIlroy produces a great putt on the par three 6th for birdie and he goes two shots clear of the pack.
There's a definite air of quiet confidence surrounding the young Irishman and, as yet, no signs of the second round wobbles which have bedevilled him of late.
Dustin Johnson continues his rapid rise up the ranks with a birdie on the 5th - his third of the day - and he's four under. He's currently the 'hottest' player out on the course!
Luke Donald is producing a solid enough round on Day Two. He's on the 10th after going out in a level par 35 and is on over for the tournament.
Francesco Molinari is back in contention with a birdie two on the 13th. So far he's had five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th. It's been nothing if not entertaining.
Robert Karlsson cards a one under 71 to leave him four under and the Swede is handily placed for the weekend's proceedings.
Sergio Garcia distinguishes himself from the melee trailing behind Rory McIlroy with a birdie on 10 to sit all on his own in second place.
Rickie Fowler helps himself to a birdie on 10 and he moves into the 'five under' club, looking enviously up at McIlroy and Garcia.
Things are definitely hotting up. Rory McIlroy produces a birdie on the 8th to go to eight under but Francesco Molinari seems determined to keep him honest with a birdie of his own on the 14th to keep him honest. Speaking of birdies, there was much hilarity as McIlroy had to wait to putt as pheasant strolled casually across the green.
As the bods in the Met Office predicted, the wind has dropped significantly and all those plying their trade at Hoylake right now can consider themselves jolly lucky.
Nothing much happening for Tiger Woods at the moment. Those two bogeys on the 1st and 2nd may be a distant memory but eight pars on the bounce is not title-winning form.