US Open leaderboard crowded at the top


The top two ranked players in the world, defending champion Dustin Johnson and 2011 US Open victor Rory McIlroy, also failed to make the cut. It was wonderful to see that there was, I felt, no knee-jerk reaction to yesterday's scores. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did".

Discussing his woes at the long 14th, Casey added: "It was all my own fault, but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did".

The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Open since Winged Foot in 1974, back when the names were more familiar for a major - Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, who went on to win his first major. The top 60 and ties qualify for the final 36 holes.

In addition to Johnson, McIlroy and Day, others in the world's top 12 who will be watching the weekend action are Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

"If you look at the golf course and even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us", Johnson said. But you never really know until you put a card in your hand and you're under the gun little bit. "It's pretty simple, I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".

"It's just golf. It's frustrating".

"Yes, there are times I would have rebounded like that, but maybe not as calmly".

Now, he's still very much in play, at six under after shooting a 73. McIlroy expressed fondness for Erin Hills despite heading home early. He won't play again until the British Open.

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Other notable players failing to make the cut included British Open champion Henrik Stenson (147), former Masters winners Charl Schwartzel (147) of South Africa and Australian Adam Scott (147) and double Masters victor Bubba Watson (148).

Major champions Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner also missed. Masters champion Sergio Garcia returned a tidy one-under 71 to leave the Spaniard four back and in contention for a second straight major. He opened Thursday with a 9-over 81. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are barely clinging to hope at two-over and one-over, respectively.

However the 39-year-old world No. 14 unfurled a sequence of five straight birdies to haul himself back up the leaderboard, carding a one-under-par 71 to finish the day at seven under.

Thursday's opening round began with drama off the course after a blimp hovering near the venue crashed.

Erin Hills in Wisconsin plays this weekend as the longest course in the history of the U.S. Open, and has thick fescue roughs flanking its fairways. It's just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt. This might just be the sneak peek before the grand opening of what is Fleetwood's career among the best in golf. McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open.

That's eight of the next 10 weeks after just seven starts in 2017. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major. "The course sets up very well for me off the tee".

The players were in a big hole to start the second round on Friday - Johnson opened in 75, McIlroy struggled to a first-round 78, and Day posted 79 - and there would be no miracle comebacks.

OK, this is his first U.S. Open.