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Savannah native Brian Harman grabs share of US Open lead

Savannah native Brian Harman grabs share of US Open lead”

The No. 2 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, put lipstick on his opening 78 with a 71 that included four bogeys but five birdies, four of them in his final six holes in a farewell binge before a second straight U.S. Open missed cut and a third in the six years since he won decisively at Congressional in 2011. Casey accounted for the bad and the good.

Beginning one off the pace, Casey birdied the 11th to move alongside Fowler but slipped down the leaderboard by following a blemish at the next with a triple-bogey at 14 and bogey at the 15th.

Stunned by the aberration, Casey's response was to not only batten down the hatches but to go on the offensive.

However, the Englishman then produced a stunning comeback, picking up shots at five successive holes from the 17th to return to seven under.

Casey refused to let the triple get him down and accepted accountability.

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"I was in the hay too much", he said, before adding, "I enjoyed the walk", and, "The golf course is actually really lovely". It was a bit of a roller coaster.

"It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", said 14th-ranked Casey. "Obviously my game is on", Garcia said, "when the course is playing tougher". Will be going in there tomorrow, will be going in Sunday near the top. There will probably be more nerves, more excitement, there is a lot of golf to be played here.

Casey recovered from an early triple-bogey to post a one-under 71 and set the clubhouse target at seven under at Erin Hills, which was matched by Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman. "I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of hiccup". "I know it's cliché, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course".

Behind the leading quartet, a logjam grouped eight players within two shots of the lead.

For Paul Dunne it was a disappointing US Open debut as failed to pull back and opening round of 75 - following it up with a 74 - to finish five over and well outside the cut mark.



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