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4 share US Open lead

4 share US Open lead”

"When you look at the USGA championships, by and large just about any way you look at, they're the most important championships not only in the US but in the world", Mike Davis, USGA executive director/CEO, said earlier this year.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be ideal for their games - spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut. He set the target early under warm sunshine, and even as the wind tapered in the afternoon, no one finished with a better score.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler looked set to retain his place at the top of the leaderboard but broke his 28-hole streak without dropping a shot with three bogeys in as many holes to derail his campaign.

Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood all shot matching two-under 70s to join Casey at seven under.

The 27-year-old from Florida, who began the day in a share of fourth after a five-under 67 in the first round, birdied four of his first seven holes to get to nine-under at Erin Hall in Wisconsin.

With the past six majors going to players who have never won a major before, there is a good chance that run could be extended this weekend.

The soft, forgiving conditions created opportunity for major movement up the leaderboard for those players willing to take it.

I've never a led US Open, so it will be a very cool experience.

While Erin Hills was still not playing as hard as many past U.S. Open courses, it was beginning to firm up from the early week rain, plus the USGA had a few tricks up its sleeve. And instead of leaving Erin Hills fretting about how much better he could've done, he was thankful it wasn't any worse. There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick.

"Guess what?" he said to his 4-year-old son. We expected some of golf's biggest names, and longest hitters, to tear it apart.

With the cut falling at one over par, the entire field was separated by just eight shots - but for the first time since the rankings were introduced in 1986, none of the world's top three would be around for the weekend.

Fowler lost most of his ground over the final two hours. "I started to let it go a little bit on the back nine and I showed what I can do". "And we talked about that and said the purses really should reflect that". "Two yards either way, I would have been stuck".

McIlroy was never in the short grass from the 11th hole to the end on Thursday when he opened with a career-worst 78, and he didn't do almost enough in the second round until it was far too late.

As well as Thomas, compatriot Reed was one of the biggest movers, powering up the board with a dazzling seven-under-par 65 that included four birdies on the front nine against one bogey.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card", Casey said. "It was a bit of a roller coaster", said Casey. I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. Matsuyama moved into a tie for eighth at 5 under, and Reavie was 4 under in a tie for 13th. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.

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!"

"I m optimistic with where my game is", he said.



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