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Fowler proves human, makes bogey at US Open

Fowler proves human, makes bogey at US Open

But Erin Hills, this 11-year-old layout with which the game is still coming to terms, was a more demanding test than on Thursday.

The future could be now for Casey who starts the day at seven-under in a four-way tie for the lead alongside compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman.

That group does not include defending champion Dustin Johnson, who fell away in the second half of his round, while Rory McIlroy and John Rahm will both have a watching brief during the concluding rounds in Wisconsin. Johnson struggled with his putting throughout the day, which included four bogeys.

Jason Day, with two triple bogeys, shot a 79.

The 2011 champion McIlroy shot a second round 71 but his horror opening score of five-over on day one means his uncertain season continues as he missed the one-over cut line; the joint-highest in US Open history.

Casey has recorded three consecutive top-six finishes in the Masters, but has just one top-10 in the US Open in 13 attempts, which came a decade ago at Oakmont.

The biggest surprise at this U.S. Open was not who was leading, but who was leaving.




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

"The fairways are wide enough", he shrugged.

McIlroy was playing just his seventh tournament of 2017 due to a rib injury. Friday's second nine got off to a poor start, as McIlroy turned in a shocking four-putt inside of 30 feet to bogey the lengthy par-5 1st. "I've never played in [one of the final pairings of] a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience". He had a chance to match Jonny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par, but he settled for par on the 676-yard 18th. But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I'm not sure. It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard.

And despite carding four birdies in his last six holes for a 71 on Friday, the four-time major victor saw his own pre-event prediction come true, having said on Tuesday that anyone who could not hit the wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home". You've got 156 of the best players in the world here. Fowler and Rahm each shot 73.

However, back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes dropped him back to even-par for the day."The course is, I would say, a few shots harder than it was (Thursday)", Stricker said.

"I've only hit 7-iron, that's the longest I've hit into any par 4", said Koepka, who has finished inside the top 20 at the U.S. Open the last three years. "It's got your attention on every hole, because you know if you miss the fairway, you're going to pay the price".

McIlroy was never in the short grass from the 11th hole to the end on Thursday when he opened with a career-worst 78, and he didn't do almost enough in the second round until it was far too late.


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