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4-Way Tie For 1st Place After 2 Rounds of US Open

4-Way Tie For 1st Place After 2 Rounds of US Open

Glance down the U.S. Open leaderboard, and golf fans will see some familiar names.

2 and 3 Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, all of whom missed the cut. Sergio Garcia, of Spain, hits a drive on the 12th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Lurking at 5-under was a pack including young South Korean Kim Si-woo, who recovered from an early bogey by stringing together three straight birdies through the turn on the way to a 2-under 70. You can still make birdies out there.

Four years after Justin Rose ended a 43-year wait for an English victor, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood headed into the third round of the US Open at Erin Hills in a four-way tie for the lead.

World No.9 Rickie Fowler has relinquished the lead during through the second round of the US Open on Friday.

Now, he's still very much in play, at six under after shooting a 73.

The cut was at an unusually low one over par this year, meaning that the whole field is covered by just eight shots.

The opening round was without Phil Mickelson for the first time since 1993. And if that's not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round.

"Tomorrow will be a very cool experience", Fleetwood said. "I've pictured winning the U.S. Open a lot of times before".

Just about everything already has at Erin Hills.




From that near meltdown, he hit the next wedge to 3 feet and made the putt to save a 6. There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick.

With the afternoon wave several hours away, the early projected cut-line for the top 60 players and ties is one-over.

McIlroy, however, who had come into the tournament from an injury layoff after a niggling rib problem, said he was encouraged by his performance.

Then, inexplicably, he lost his putting touch. He missed the cut at last year's PGA and withdrew from this year's Masters after falling down a staircase. "I was happy it stayed benign for us and I capitalized on it". But he also struggled around the greens, failing to get up and down once in six opportunities. "I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts and that's what happened on 15". That fell one short of the record for most sub-par rounds in the second round, when 47 players broke par in 1990 at Medinah Country Club.

However, after dropping another shot on the 15th, Casey regained his composure superbly to birdie the 17th and 18th, the latter being the second longest hole in major history at 676 yards.

With debut host course Erin Hills carrying a par of 72, Thomas' score trumps Johnny Miller's eight-under 63 at Oakmont during the 1973 US Open as the lowest score in relation to par.

A further bogey on the third left him nine over.

"We're in a good spot", Fowler said.

The 30-year-old Harman has five top-10 finishes and two victories since joining the tour in 2012, most recently at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

Typically, par is your friend in the U.S. Open. "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".


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