An early US Open departure for Day and McIlroy

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

There was slightly more wind on Friday than Thursday, but on the whole, Mother Nature has given players soft, scorable conditions.

After bogeying three straight holes on his back nine, his first dropped shots of the tournament, Fowler limped into the clubhouse with a 73 to fall to six under for the tournament.

McIlroy turned for home, knowing that he would need to get four or five birdies on the way back but three bogeys in a row from holes 1 to 3 - his 10th-12th - ended his chances. "But as soon as you get out of position on this golf course, you're really struggling and suffering for par".

The world No 2 hit just five of them to tie for last in the 156-man field in that category on day one, but still made four bogeys yesterday despite hitting 11 of 14 fairways.

None of the leaders had as shaky a stretch as Casey, who made 8 on the par-5 14th hole - after hitting into the fescue and almost whiffing on his swing to get out - and bogeyed the next hole. It's there that the mistake was made: Hadwin tried to play too flawless of a third shot up toward the raised putting surface.

The two-time major champion is 3 under for his third round at the U.S. Open and has moved into the top 25 at Erin Hills. But under sunny skies on Thursday, Erin Hills looked more friend than foe with 44 golfers breaking par to set a record for the opening round of a U.S. Open.

Dustin Johnson of the United States walks across the 18th hole during the second round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 16, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. None has ever won a major, and neither have the next 14 players behind them.

It was the first time Day has missed the cut in seven U.S. Opens. "I've never played in [one of the final pairings of] a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience".

There were as many amateurs who broke par as players in the top 10 in the world - two each.

"We have come back sooner than I thought, so that's been nice really".

"It's pretty frustrating when I got here [last] Friday, put a lot of work in, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course, " he said.

Casey nearly watched his U.S. Open hopes sink with a triple-bogey eight on the par-five 14th hole, and a bogey on the next that dropped him to two under for the tournament.

It means Scott, Day, Wade Ormsby (six-over after a second 75) and Nick Flanagan (10-over after a 79) are all looking at a free weekend. I got off to a good start but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on. If I had to render a guess, when the rain comes on over the weekend and takes all roll out of the fairway, officials will make the longest course in major championship history even longer.

Willett, who pulled out before the start of his second round, was heading towards the Erin Hills exit anyway after an opening round 81. I knew I needed to drive it well and from there I continued to swing well, hit good shots and roll a couple in. "It's just a matter of getting it out of me and getting myself in the right frame of mind".

  • Stacy Allen