Carnage at US Open as world's top three sent packing

Also playing in the afternoon was Dustin Johnson, the defending champion and No. 1 player in the world, who opened with a 75.

Paul McGinley reflects on a disappointing week for Rory McIlroy at the US Open and looks at some of the factors behind his missed cut at Erin Hills. Johnson came in with 73, but that was not almost enough, as he finished at 4-over 148 when 145 or better was needed to advance. But at 5-over 149, he'll have the weekend off, too. Over the final few holes, with Justin Rose struggling to try to make the cut and McIlroy finally playing well, Day was simply trying to stay out of the way. "I don't talk about it much".

McIlroy however, who is returning from a hip and back injury, put a fearless face on his second consecutive missed cut at a US Open following his exit at the halfway stage in 2016.

It was the first time since the world ranking began in 1986 that the top three players missed the cut in any major.

"[It's] not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", said Casey. I think the more rounds I can play, I'm hopefully going to get rid of all that stuff and hopefully strip it down to what you saw the last six holes. He won't play again until the British Open.

Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship up the road at Whistling Straits, had to birdie his last hole Thursday to break 80.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia meanwhile was lurking five off the lead after a two-under-par 70.

"It was a huge battle out there for me and any flaw is more exposed at the majors". "Just didn't execute, unfortunately". A recurring rib injury limited his practice time and kept him from starts at the BMW Championship and Memorial.

Jason Day, of Australia, hits from a bunker on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results. "I have a little bit of an advantage, but at the same time you have to be more on when it gets like that because if not, you're going to struggle". It didn't matter at that point, because I was so far from the cut line. I've known my game could be capable. with my distance and my wedge game.

"There's nothing I can hide behind; I just have to go out there and get it done". "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend". "It was a good round for me". "Everything was in good shape". "Mistakes got exaggerated a little bit more".

McIlroy has a busy stretch ahead. McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.

It'll require supreme power and precision, players who don't have it will quickly fall by the wayside. He never expected to be making those plans on a Friday.

Indeed Matsuyama is now the highest ranked player in the field with the top three in the world all missing the cut. This week, he didn't have it. The wind and rain will come. "I got out of position but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week".

Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman were at 67, with Patrick Reed and Adam Hadwin in the group at 68.

He birdied three straight holes to move into second at 6 under, one shot back of co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele.

  • Julie Sanders