McIlroy, Day try to make up ground, make cut at US Open

After a record number of scores under par during Thursday's first round, anyone who knows the USGA's style knew things wouldn't be quite as simple in Friday's Round 2.

Casey posted a one-under 71 to move to seven under, while Fleetwood and Americans Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka signed for 70s at Erin Hills.

Day, who also is playing Travelers next week, gathered his wife, Ellie, and son, Dash, and made plans to head home to OH the soonest that they could.

"You can not play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee, and I wasn't in position", McIlroy said. "I was happy it stayed benign for us, and I capitalized on it". He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship.

Then came the par five 14 hole. "I got off to a good start, but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on". "Even just trying to take my medicine was very, very hard. It was a good eight in the end". He was later joined by Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood.

Erin Hills played like a pushover for a U.S. Open.

Asked if he would have been able to recover from such a mistake earlier in his career, Casey added: "In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, so probably not!" "Mistakes got exaggerated a little bit more. There were a couple of loose swings out there, but when you shoot 65, you can take those".

Day, at 10 over, said, "I mean, the scores were out there".

Some of the world's top-ranked players and pre-tournament favourites will miss the cut.

Three more birdies on his inward nine took him to seven under and a piece of US Open history. 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.

QUOTEWORTHY: "I'm not here on the weekend, so it's unfortunate". He had no explanation or theory on why the top three players in the world would not be around for the weekend - the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking debuted in 1986 that the top three in the world missed the cut at a major. Johnson (+4) can't be too upset to be travelling home to California to see his newborn baby.

Meanwhile, the wind has died so much that while the course is getting firm and the greens a little crusty, it hasn't affected the scoring.

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. "I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup". "Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer". It was only his seventh PGA Tour event this year because of a rib injury that has kept him out of action since the Players Championship and caused him to miss the BMW Championship and the Memorial. Day, however, said he felt ready to go before flaming out early.

First-round leader Rickie Fowler is one shot back and tied with Jamie Lovemark and J.B. Holmes.

Els followed up his opening-round 70 with a level-par 72 on Friday, while Aiken carded a 71. Despite the bumpy finish, he's a confident man heading into the weekend.

"I just tried to smooth out the transition today", McIlroy said, "and it definitely worked. As of right now, I'm one shot back ... but just more so for the confidence going into tomorrow".

Two others with Cowboys connections missed the cut of 1-over 145: Peter Uihlein (2-over ) and Alex Noren (5 over).

  • Stacy Allen