An early US Open departure for Day and McIlroy

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.

Jason Day followed up a 79 in the first round with a 75 in round two, Rory McIlroy was always up against it after a 78 on Thursday and although he shot one under on Friday he was well short of the cut. Following are the highlights from the second major championship of the year at Erin Hills. Five hundred yards from the tenth hole, it's a part of Erin Hills many visitors don't get a chance to see: the maintenance area.

But while seemingly everyone else gripping a club was scoring in red numbers Friday and Saturday, the world's best players were being treated rudely by the first-time U.S. Open course.

The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year. With one more birdie on the back nine, Matsuyama carded a sparkling seven-under 65, matching Fowler for the low round of the week.

"I really like this golf course", Johnson insisted.

Rickie Fowler, the 18-hole leader, made an 8-foot birdie on No. 2 and was just getting going.

"If you look at the golf course and even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us", Johnson said. Garcia carded an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys in a roller coaster round.

"It's very hard to get get through a major championship, let alone a US Open without a blemish on your card", the 39-year-old told BBC Sport.

The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.

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Corey Conners, of Listowel, Ont., shot his second straight 76 to finish at eight-over par and miss the cut.

"I'm sure mama's waiting for me to get home so I can help her out", Johnson said of his girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky.

McIlroy, however, who had come into the tournament from an injury layoff after a niggling rib problem, said he was encouraged by his performance. But any bad taste in his mouth shouldn't last long because it's been an impressive week for the 29-year-old Valspar Championship victor from Abbotsford, B.C. In Thursday's first round, he tied a U.S. Open record by making six consecutive birdies en route to a four-under 68 and a share of seventh place.

This was almost a carbon copy of McIlroy's showing at last year's tournament. "I showed up for the last six holes at least", joked McIlroy, who was three over par after 12 holes before carding birdies on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth. Usually the US Open has its victor hovering at right around par.

South Korea's Kim Si-Woo shot a two-under-par 70 to move to five under while 22-year-old amateur Cameron Champ was alongside him after a three-under-par 69.

World number one Dustin Johnson led an unprecedented exodus of big guns at the 117th US Open on Friday as four players grabbed a share of the lead at the halfway stage.

Willett shot a 9-over 81 in the first round and then withdrew before his tee time in the second round. "It's a big golf course with lots of rough, but it lets you play". So, you know, even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard.

The Englishman had to battle for his one-under round of 71 as he endured a nightmare eight on the par five 14th, shooting over the back of the green and seeing one of his five strokes from there roll back to his feet.