Carnage at US Open as world's top three sent packing

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 20, 2017

McIlroy expressed fondness for Erin Hills despite heading home early.

"You don't get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free", Fowler said.

The rounds of the day were turned in by Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie, who equaled Fowler's 65 on Thursday.

Koepka, playing the back nine first, birdied four of his first seven holes.

"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", he said. It's hard to make a lot of birdies for me around here. He's tied with Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.

That's what happened as Stricker made it exactly on the cut line.

World number one Dustin Johnson said he plans to take some time off with his family as he struggles to digest his US Open flop. Just walking a little slower, going through the process. He missed the 15-footer.

"Just excited to get on a run of golf and get going".

The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year. The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after finishing on the ninth green during the second round of the 2017 US Open. Most observers will see his drop from the top spot on the first-round leaderboard and consider it a stumble, but that's a win right there.

This is only his second U.S. Open, finishing 27th in 2015.

Spectator dies: A 94-year-old man died while watching the tournament, the USGA said. Authorities believe it was from natural causes. No other information was provided.

Nick Rogness felt as nervous as anyone at the U.S. Open - not because of a golf club in his hand but the diamond ring in his pocket.

The opening round was without Phil Mickelson for the first time since 1993. He was 13th previous year at Oakmont.

Still to be determined is what kind of test Erin Hills can present the rest of the week, especially with more rain on the way Friday and Saturday afternoon. Paul Casey had a miserable time at Erin Hills on Saturday. "But I think definitely getting a lot speedier, a lot faster".

Harris English is 4 under after a second-round 69. "It's just like I said, you've got to keep it in the short grass, out of that fescue, and don't make any bogeys". When it was clear he had nothing going in the second round, he was simply trying to stay out of the way. He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup. Then his game flattened out on the front nine, bogeying one and six. This one he'd rather forget. His drive appeared to sail into the rough. The Japanese star birdied six of his first eight holes Friday, finishing round two at five under for the tournament. He tapped in for par. Hadwin's shotmaking improved the back nine, that's when the putter cooled off.

While Fleetwood acknowledged that winning on Sunday at Erin Hills would be life-changing, he didn't want to get too far ahead.

Amateur Scottie Scheffler is playing with the poise of a veteran at the U.S. Open.

The 47-year-old South African posted a two-under-par 71.

Here comes Si Woo Kim. After another week off, he will play the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship. But that wasn't the problem.

Casey overcame a triple-bogey eight at the par-five 14th, his fifth hole, to lift himself into championship contention.

In all, eight of the top 12 players in the world missed the cut, including Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

Day never had a chance, following his career-worst 79 in a U.S. Open with a 75.

Rickie Fowler opened with a 7-under 65.

Casey was the only golfer who went in the morning. 11, 12 and 13 as he missed makeable putts on each hole to fall off the pace before finishing with a 1-over 73.

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