Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

Erica Murray
June 20, 2017

Fowler, the world number nine from California, revelled in benign conditions at Erin Hills Golf Course to reel off seven birdies and 11 pars in a superb 65.

Scheffler is three shots back of the lead on a jam-packed leaderboard. "It's definitely out there if you can get yourself on the fairways". You can make a bogey kind of anywhere ... Rory McIlroy is a huge fan of the golf course.

The 28-year-old's seven-under-par total matched the lowest to par score ever carded in the opening round of a US Open, a record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf since the 1980 tournament.

Yet for comparison's sake, at the Masters in April, four of the final top 10 players on the leaderboard had previously won a major championship, and that didn't include the newest member of the Green Jacket club, Sergio Garcia.

Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey were all at 7-under par through Friday's second round.

Casey then reignited his charge birding his eighth hole and ended the run with a "3" at his 12th. He made four birdies over the last six holes to salvage a 71, but he still missed the cut for the second straight year.

"Getting married kind of chills you out, and I don't want to put on too much of a show for her out there", he said on Friday, hinting at past outbursts on the golf course.

On a crowded leaderboard, American amateur Cameron Champ - who turned 22 on Thursday - and Xander Schauffele were unlikely contenders on five under par alongside Matsuyama, Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim and Brandt Snedeker.

"I feel like I'm striking it very well".

South Korea's Kim will lead the Asian quest for a major on Sunday after Hideki Matsuyama was unable to build on his second round 65.

Niebrugge, Talor Gooch and Kevin Dougherty, who each played at Oklahoma State, were grouped together in the first two rounds. "Still 7 (under par)".

The tournament-leading foursome held a one-shot lead over a trio of contenders that includes first-round leader Rickie Fowler.

Of the 68 players who made the cut, 42 are under par.

All told, 42 players were under par after two rounds, an unheard of number for the U.S. Open with its notoriously hard course setups.

Despite all the good scoring, the world's top 3 players missed the cut - defending champion and No. 1 Dustin Johnson (75-73), No. 2 Rory McIlroy (78-71) and No. 3 Jason Day (79-75).

The top three players in the world will not play the weekend of a major championship for the first time since the Official World Rankings were introduced in 1986.

"I ve got a busy summer, so I m excited to play a lot of golf. I think the more rounds I can play, I'm hopefully going to get rid of all that stuff and hopefully stripe it down to what you saw the last six holes". "But I don't let it bother me".

"As good as I got", he told Spieth, smiling as he walked with him down the fairway. The forecast calls for overnight showers and scattered thunderstorms throughout Saturday.

McIlroy, who had stumbled through a lacklustre opening round on Thursday, again found the going tough after teeing off on the 10th hole. If the storms stay away, Erin Hills could become a nasty beast. Johnson is said to have texted a message of congratulations to Harman, who in turn thanked Johnson and wrote back, "I wanted no part of you in a playoff". "It's trying to get them open". But if it gets soft, they'll get wide again and guys will be throwing darts out there.

But not long after he signed for his record score and an 11-under 205, he began to appreciate the significance of a 63 on this day. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf each shot 7-under 63 in the first round at Baltusrol in the 1980 U.S. Open.

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