Day eyeing US Open fightback after 79

Rory McIlroy will miss the cut, but at least one of his US Open records is safe - 35 consecutive holes without a bogey to start a US Open.

Fowler finished in the top 5 in all four majors in 2014, and it appeared that would be his springboard to the next level.

He missed a five-footer for birdie on his first and then squandered another chance on 11, where he missed a 12-footer. Pat Perez swung and missed completely in the tall grass behind the 15th green. "It's one of the hardest tests of golf we get through the year", Fowler said.

Hideki Matsuyama was part of a five-strong group a shot further back after a brilliant 65, the Japanese star racing to the turn in 30 and picking up another shot on the 13th before having to settle for five closing pars.

Stricker, who recently turned 50, admitted the extreme length of the course - it played at 7,839 yards Friday - limits his opportunities to make birdies and therefore gain much momentum.

The 44 sub-par rounds broke the first-round mark of 39 at Medinah in 1990.

The Globe's most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning.

Brian Harman (-7) - Through 36 holes, Harman has just one bogey.

Casey had an action-packed second round. 17, 18, 1, 2 and 3 to find his way back to the top before Harman, Fleetwood and Koepka - all of whom shot 70 on Friday - made an afternoon charge. But his stay was short-lived, giving the stroke right back with a bogey at the next hole followed by a triple bogey at par-five 14th. "I have a tee time on Saturday, so you just kind of learn along the way to never really give up". "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".

Joining Johnson, McIlroy, Day and Willett in going home early are a host of fellow big names.

Asked about McIlroy and Day also missing the cut, last year's champion Johnson said putting was the difference. Some of the world's top-ranked players and pre-tournament favourites look poised to miss the cut.

McIlroy, playing for the first time in a month to rest a nagging rib injury, finally got it going when it was too late.

Former Masters champion Danny Willett has withdrawn from the Open with a back injury.

With little wind, no rain, and greens that Fox Sports analyst Paul Azinger called the best he's ever seen, the world's best golfers tore up the course leading to the lowest cut line in U.S. Open history at +1.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major. However, back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes dropped him back to even-par for the day."The course is, I would say, a few shots harder than it was (Thursday)", Stricker said.

Lowry started his round on the 10th hole and made par before a birdie on the next set him up for a good round. Players noticed firmer greens that were allowing putts to race past the hole.

  • Julie Sanders