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The wrong kind of US Open history: Top 3 all miss cut

The wrong kind of US Open history: Top 3 all miss cut

Johnson came in with 73, but that was not almost enough, as he finished at 4-over 148 when 145 or better was needed to advance.

Casey's opening 66 had left him a shot off the pace and he swiftly joined Fowler in the lead with a birdie from close range on the 11th, his second hole of the day, only to bogey the next and run up a triple-bogey on the 14th.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this".

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said.

Johnson, who captured last year's U.S. Open at Oakmont, birdied his first two holes on Friday but missed a 3-footer at the fourth hole and again struggled with the putter, shooting 73 to finish at 4-over 148.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be ideal for their games - spent the day cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.

Former US Open champion Ernie Els chose the 20th anniversary of his last victory in the tournament to remind fans that he is not quite ready to be put out to grass. The ball landed on the front of the green just soft enough that it rolled out 8 feet by the hole.

Joining Johnson, McIlroy, Day and Willett in going home early are a host of fellow big names.

Thomas poured that in to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship.

Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68.

"I saw some positives there on the back nine coming in and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers (tournament) next week", he said.

"Yes, there are times I would have rebounded like that, but maybe not as calmly". "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out". A recurring rib injury limited his practice time and kept him from starts at the BMW Championship and Memorial. He hit 12 of the 14 fairways in the second round, and one of the misses came on No. 15, when he was in desperation mode and tried to drive the green on the 357-yard hole. McIlroy came to life when it was far too late. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results.

Garcia carded an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys in a roller coaster round. "And I showed what I can do".

Everyone has to start somewhere, and that's been the case for the last six majors, all won by players who had never won a Grand Slam event before.

Day and McIlroy never had much of a chance, both out of the picture before Johnson even teed off.

"I know it's cliche, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course". I guess I've just kind of always been that way.

"I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme".

"I'm optimistic with where my game is", he said.

"Tomorrow will be a very cool experience", Fleetwood said. "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend". Everything was in good shape. Well back in the pack, the Iowa native said his reason to push hard was not fake news but real news. He'll play Travelers, then head overseas to play the Irish Open, Scottish Open and British Open. It's there that the mistake was made: Hadwin tried to play too ideal of a third shot up toward the raised putting surface.

Two others with Cowboys connections missed the cut of 1-over 145: Peter Uihlein (2-over ) and Alex Noren (5 over).

Brooks Koepka has attacked Erin Hills with his driver while numerous game's longest hitters missed the cut. Five players were two shots off the lead.

With a record number of scores under par in Round 1, it's no surprise the course was set up tougher for Round 2.


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