Four share lead at US Open

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

The world number two has been hampered by injury in the lead-up to each of the first two majors in 2017, but is confident he can peak for next month's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Lots of talent, just looking for that one break out moment.

Rory McIlroy's 71 wasn't enough and he'll miss the cut at five-over. Jon Rahm. Justin Rose.

England's Paul Casey set the early pace, posting a one-under par 71 to move to seven under before most of the other contenders had even teed off on their second round at the Wisconsin track.

Koepka faded on the back nine with two bogeys on the home straight, while Fowler slumped with three bogeys in a row just after the turn and could not battle his way back to top spot.

English duo Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are in a four-way tie for the lead after two rounds of the US Open.

Harman, a St. Simons Island resident who carded a 67 on Thursday, made birdies Friday at Nos.

It's a nice comeback for Casey after he triple bogeyed the par-5 14th and shot 38 on the back nine.

"It feels great. I came in this week with no expectations really at all", said the 22-year-old.

McIlroy, as well as Day, will play the Travelers Championship near Hartford, Conn., next week as he gears up for the British Open.

Thomas, decked out in shocking fluorescent pink trousers, produced a no less electric performance that featured nine birdies, two bogeys and was capped with a record-smashing eagle at the par-five 18th to complete the best single round in US Open history, in relation to par. Then he stumbled a bit in his next three starts on the PGA Tour.

China's Li Haotong, who on Friday became the first player from mainland China to make the cut at a major, bombed out of contention with a 10-over-par 82.

None of the leading 16 players have won a major before, making it likely that a run of six consecutive victories by first-timers will extend to seven this weekend. I've never a led US Open, so it will be a very cool experience.

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The U.S. Open didn't seem to faze him, and he delivered a variety of big shots that led to his sensational finish.

A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole. On that Sunday afternoon, Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and the rest of the field (plus a few USGA rules officials) could not rattle him. There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick.

Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major.

Johnson was hitting it so well that he appeared to be safe even when he was on the cut line. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.

"It was a good display, all my own fault, but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course".

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.

Fowler lost most of his ground over the final two hours. "Then clawed all the way back and actually picked up one more to the good by the time we were finished".

"I made two bad swings on the front nine", Koepka said. McIlroy could only take some optimism away from his finish.

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot.

"I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days", Day said.

"As good as I got", he told Spieth, smiling as he walked with him down the fairway.

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