US Open golf at Erin Hills

World number two McIlroy meanwhile - who earlier in the week had advised players unable to hit the fairways to "pack their bags" - was left at five-over-par after a second round 71. PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele didn't make a bogey at Erin Hills until his 27th hole, had his hiccup with a double bogey on the par-3 13th hole but still managed a 73.

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"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us, " Johnson said.

It was the first time since the world ranking began in 1986 that the top three players missed the cut in any major.

"I had been swinging it well and it felt really, really good a couple holes later to be picking the ball out of the hole for a birdie".

"All in all, I've got to be happy", Els said. Only a half-dozen of them have even experienced Sunday contention in golf's biggest events.

After a spectacular opening day that saw him tie a record with six straight birdies, Hadwin had a more hard Friday, but still did more than enough to guarantee that he will be playing over the weekend. "I've typically struggled in the past with links golf courses", Day said.

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Rory McIlroy will miss the cut, but at least one of his U.S. Open records is safe - 35 consecutive holes without a bogey to start a U.S. Open. [On Thursday] I was a little anxious and that caught up with me as the round went on. "It's just like I said, you've got to keep it in the short grass, out of that fescue, and don't make any bogeys".

Playing just his seventh tournament of the year due to a rib injury, McIlroy bounced back with a birdie from 12 feet on the 13th, but carded a hat-trick of birdies from the first before his encouraging late rally.

On Friday, with Erin Hills beginning to firm up following early week rainstorms, the USGA chose to tuck some of the pins into tight spots after a fairly uncharacteristic U.S. Open opening round.

"I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had", said Casey, who played in the afternoon.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson probably didn't feel so badly by the end of a most peculiar day.

I think I hit 10 or 11 fairways other than the four or five I did yesterday, [and] gave myself a lot more looks.

McIlroy is back to even-par for the round after bogeying the first three holes on the front nine. He went from pouring putts into the center of the cup to burning the edges, and his 39 on the back nine cost him the lead, though not his chances of breaking through for that first major.

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