Published: Вс, Июня 18, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Majors a minor-ity after two rounds at 2017 US Open


And the former Ryder Cup player then made it five birdies in succession - just one short of the US Open record equalled by Adam Hadwin on Thursday - by picking up shots on the first, second and third.

With the top 60 and ties qualifying for the final rounds at Erin Hills, the cut appeared set to fall at one or two over par as the afternoon wave started their second rounds.

And for all the birdies and blunders at Erin Hills, the most compelling image Friday came from the parking lot, where one star after another left town after missing the cut.

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011, but was a combined 50 over par for his seven other appearances before this week and missed the cut at Oakmont previous year following rounds of 77 and 71.

Fowler will be among the later starters along with defending champion Dustin Johnson, who opened defence of his crown with shaky three-over 75 and will need to mount a charge to make the cut.

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.

"I know if I hit fairways around here, the course is still soft enough you can get it close and give yourself a lot of looks for birdies", he said.

McIlroy spent all day in the knee-high fescue and shot 78, his worst US Open score.

Eight of the top 12 players in the world won't be around for the weekend at Erin Hills, leaving a tournament as open as the land on which it was built.

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" I saw some positives on the back nine to take into next week and, even though this is disappointing, the last two rounds will serve me well in this busy summer".

Branden Grace (72), Louis Oosthuizen (70) and Brandon Stone (74) are level-par, but Charl Schwartzel (3-over), George Coetzee and Oliver Bekker (both 7-over) missed the cut. Not everyone can take advantage. "It was a good round for me".

McIlroy's performance might not be that surprising given that he's played only six PGA Tour events this year and missed most of the last month with a rib injury. Fowler's streak ended at 28 holes, however, when he went just long on the 11th hole and had to chip sideways to have any chance of a reasonable par putt.

The U.S. Open is hailed as the most hard tournament in golf.

Paul Casey, of England, hits on the 14th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

In fact, of those players inside the top-10, not one of them has yet managed to claim a Major championship title.

"I'm ecstatic", said the 39-year-old afterwards. He shot 75 and missed the cut.

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. I just struggled on the greens.

"I was upset with the score I had made, but it had, in no way, any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot".

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