4-Way Tie For 1st Place After 2 Rounds of US Open

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

Casey laid up in the rough, took two chops to get out of more rough behind the 14th green, and staggered away with a triple-bogey 8 that might have ruined his day at Erin Hills.

"You can not play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee, and I wasn't in position", McIlroy said.

With two rounds to play there is some 23 players within four shots of the lead.

In the final round at Oakmont previous year, his golf ball moved slightly as he positioned himself for a short putt on the fifth hole.

Rory McIlroy's pre-tournament comments looked set to prove disappointingly accurate as he battled to avoid missing the cut for the second year running in the US Open. Even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard. "It's a good eightin the end".

Casey, Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood have yet to tee off.

Two rounds down and two to go at the US Open at Erin Hills and we are still no closer to discovering the identity of the 2017 US Open champion.

"The greens were still receptive to good shots, but they were firmer and faster", said Fowler. "There were a couple of dicey pin placements out there that you had to be careful about, but it was still scoreable".

Day, at 10 over, said, "I mean, the scores were out there".

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Casey, who is still seeking his first major championship win, was tied with Fowler atop the leaderboard when he reached the clubhouse, before the American - one of the afternoon starters - pulled clear again early in his second round.

Oosthuizen ran off four birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 4-under par, leaving him only three shots behind. The last time Day missed a cut in a major was the 2012 PGA Championship, just a month after his son was born. "I took advantage of it the last few days". "Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer".

In all, eight of the world's top 12 will the absent from the shootout for the title, including each of the top three for the first time since the world rankings were introduced in 1986.

Louis Oosthuizen is making the biggest move the morning in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

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. I think I hit 11 fairways other than the five I did (on Thursday).

It was McIlroy's first tournament since taking time off to tend to a recurring rib injury.

Day was particularly disappointed because he thought he had prepared properly for the championship.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major", Day said.

But the Japanese hit back with the joint best round of the day of 7-under 65 to shoot up the leaderboard and into contention at 5-under. Despite the bumpy finish, he's a confident man heading into the weekend. "I couldn't have shot any higher".

The world number two, who earlier in the week suggested players unable to find the fairways should "pack their bags", is now contemplating an early exit following a second-round 71.

  • Lawrence Cooper