Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 0:13
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be flawless for their games - spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.
A superb chip to three feet set up the birdie on the 597-yard first hole before he then demolished the short par-four second.
Casey, 34, brilliantly bounced back from an early round triple bogey "8" to birdie five holes in succession and end his day tied at the top of the leaderboard with fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and the American duo of Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman at seven under.
World No. 3 Day, needing a miracle to get back into contention after his opening 79 carded a three-over-par 75, leaving him 10 over and way outside the projected cutline.
Sixty-eight players made the cut, with former champion Webb Simpson, former Masters and British Open victor Zach Johnson and former PGA champion Keegan Bradley all making it on the number. This is the first time in major championship history that the top-three ranked players have failed to make the cut.
The U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., headed into the weekend with a four-way tie for the lead.
2 and 3 Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, all of whom missed the cut.
Of the top 10 players in the world, only Masters champion Sergio Garcia (70) and Fowler broke par.
It was also smooth sailing for Kim Si-Woo as the South Korean finished his first nine with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 and stormed through the turn with a third consecutive birdie to get to six-under, one back of the co-leaders.
Casey discovered how little it takes to make a big number in the U.S. Open - and at this U.S. Open, how a recovery is never too far away. "I drove the ball well, my irons were good".
Now, he's still very much in play, at six under after shooting a 73.
McIlroy entered the U.S. Open having not competed since last month's Players.
McIlroy, however, who had come into the tournament from an injury layoff after a niggling rib problem, said he was encouraged by his performance.
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.
"I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had", said Casey, who played in the afternoon. When I was younger it went everywhere. "I enjoyed the walk, the golf course is attractive, but I just didn't execute".
Casey, who began the day one shot back of Fowler, found trouble when he flew his approach out of rough over the green at the par-five 14th, his fifth, into the deep fescue and needed five more strokes to get in the cup. But he also struggled around the greens, failing to get up and down once in six opportunities.