I couldn't have shot any higher - Johnson after missing US Open cut

There is something about new U.S. Open venues that brings out the best in Jamie Lovemark.

Johnson was hitting it so well that he appeared to be safe even when he was on the cut line. He loved Erin Hills, a course with wide fairways between the knee-high fescue that he figured would allow him to attack. He missed the 15-footer.

Brooks Koepka had the lead until he turned a birdie chance into a bogey on the par-5 first hole after making the turn. Overnight rain Friday was expected to soften the course, especially for players going off early Saturday.

Casey finished his wild day with six straight pars for a 1-under 71 to set the target Friday.

Elsewhere, playing partners Fleetwood and Harman again matched each other by following up Thursday's 67 with a two-under 70 to reach the half-way stage atop the leaderboard.

Former Masters champion Danny Willett has withdrawn from the Open with a back injury.

The Englishman won the Masters past year for his only PGA Tour victory.

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.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major in my career", said the Australian, who conceded: "I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days". Today I felt like I was hitting away from the pin a lot because of where they were.

Harris English is 4 under after a second-round 69. That position on the leader board-the best he's been in after 36 holes in nine U.S. Open starts-had him sounding more positive after the round than his score would suggest.

Eight of the top 12 players in the world won't be around for the weekend at Erin Hills, leaving a tournament as open as the land on which it was built. The Japanese star birdied six of his first eight holes Friday, finishing round two at five under for the tournament.

In the first round, McIlroy only hit five fairways en route to a 78. This one he'd rather forget.

He added another birdie on the par-3 13th. So it's nice just to be around and have a chance.

"Guess what?" he said to 4-year-old Dash. You've still got to make a score. Fowler tees off in the afternoon.

Paul Casey's birdie run is over. He tapped in for par. Casey is tied with Rickie Fowler at 7 under for the lead. He's back at 1 under as he finishes his round on the front nine.

Despite the USGA officially listing Erin Hills at 7,741 yards this week, the U.S. Open played over 7800 yards both rounds, underscoring its place in history as the longest track ever in a U.S. Open.

OK, this is his first U.S. Open. But then he three-putted from long range on the 13th and the 14th, and lost all hope when he missed the green on the 17th while going after the flag. The Englishman has roared back to life with four straight birdies and is back to being one shot off the lead.

The 21-year-old Kim is charging up the leaderboard in the second round of the U.S. Open. Without a tour to play, he headed off to the European minor leagues, won three times to earn a promotion to the European Tour and won in Turkey.

The Southport-born Fleetwood had five birdies in his round and just two bogeys. He is 3 under for the tournament. "Mistakes got exaggerated a little bit more".

Casey had an action-packed second round. But that wasn't the problem.

Then came the par five 14 hole. A year ago, he missed the cut by two shots at Oakmont.

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.

Now he'll have to go home and try to decipher what went wrong and, just like McIlroy, gear up for the next major, the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.

Casey was the only golfer who went in the morning.

  • Julie Sanders