Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

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.

Paul Casey has a share of the lead heading into the third round. "I feel like I'm striking it very well, so I just need to go home, relax a little bit, hang out with the family and I'll see you at the Open Championship in a month". "But as we all know, this game's all about putting", Johnson said.

That got him into the weekend here, but on the 36-hole cut line, and eight shots behind co-leaders Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka. Both players are major championship winners that could work their way back into contention.

McIlroy and Jason Day never recovered from theirs.

The greens, predictably, had become quicker in the scorching sun and the pins, even more predictably, were not as generously set.

ERIN, Wis. - Defending champion and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson missed the cut at the U.S. Open on Friday and will join several of golf's headliners with a weekend off.

That increased the likelihood of a seventh successive major producing a first-time victor, although the likes of Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer - who claimed U.S. Open glory in 2014 - were handily placed four off the pace.

Joining them with a weekend off were 2016 British Open champion Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

Day at least managed to find one positive spin.

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"Guess what?" he said to 4-year-old Dash. But I'll play a lot, I just won't practice too much.

"He's going to win a major some day", Harmon said.

But while Casey was relieved after his gutsy fightback, two of the world's top three players - McIlroy and Day - were left contemplating a missed cut.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career", he said. "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out". That's not to say big names and quality players aren't in the mix here in Wisconsin.

Schauffele posted a round of 73 after hitting a first round of 66, while Champ remains at five under for the tournament. "And I'm kind of going out there and just doing it, and letting it go". And even that was frustrating. He birdied four of his last six holes - he missed two birdie putts of 10 feet and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 seventh - to rally for a 71. He bogeyed the 11th, 12th and 13th holes and missed a short birdie putt on the par-five 14th. "And some of the weaknesses and flaws that are in my game at the minute showed up over the last couple of days".

McIlroy has played in only seven tournaments this season and was coming off a layoff resulting from a nagging rib injury.

The top 60 and ties make the cut at the U.S. Open.

Jason Day, the world number three, also looks poised to get the weekend off after a 75 left the Australian at 10 over through two round.

With the entire field separated by just eight shots after the cut fell at one over, 2015 victor Jordan Spieth had hoped to get himself into contention but struggled to a 76.