Si Woo Kim making move up leaderboard

McIlroy at least improved his position in round two, nearly holing his tee shot at his final hole - the par-three ninth - as he completed a 71 with four late birdies.

"It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard", said Casey. But I couldn't have shot any higher.

Casey, contesting his 14th U.S. Open, spoke about how his 66 on day one was the best fun he ever had at a US Open and it was the same again yesterday.

Erin Hills played like a pushover for a U.S. Open.

The top of the leaderboard is bunched up, with four players tied for the lead at 7 under, and three more a stroke behind, including Lovemark.

Rory Mcilroy, of Ireland, makes his way to the 12th hole during the.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us", Johnson said.

Former US Open champion Ernie Els chose the 20th anniversary of his last victory in the tournament to remind fans that he is not quite ready to be put out to grass. I got out of position, but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week. But I don't let it bother me. But I guess people don't like to read.

More startling than the low scores was smoke rising from about a half-mile away when a commercial blimp, not affiliated with the tournament, crashed into a field and burst into flames.

McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn't played almost enough. He opened Thursday with a 9-over 81.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are barely clinging to hope at two-over and one-over, respectively.

Just like that, Casey is 4 over for the day and now five shots out of the lead. It always seems like a matter of when, not if, Rickie wins a major.

"It really isn't about the score", he said.

"I still feel like I've got a lot of good golf in me, and that's what I'm trying to do this week", Stricker said.

McIlroy's pre-tournament comments proved disappointingly accurate after he had predicted that anyone who could not hit the wide fairways " might as well pack your bags and go home".

"You won't get a better day for scoring", Johnson said wistfully during the long walk to sign his card.

"(On Thursday), coming off an injury, I was a little anxious going out there. "I just didn't hit it into them". He's playing the Travelers Championship next week, then after a week off heads to the Irish Open, the Scottish Open and The Open in consecutive weeks.

Japan's Satoshi Kodaira was making the biggest move of the day, opening with back-to-back birdies and adding two more at 11 and 12 to reach three-under for the championship, four back of the pacesetters.

Stricker next week will host his PGA Champions Tour event in Madison, the American Family Insurance Championship. I said all that.

Of course, there is still plenty of golf left, and drama on the way.

McIlroy followed an opening-round 78 with a 71. The cut was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah. Jason Day also tangled with fierce fescue and had two triple bogeys in his round of 79. That's more than any before in the first round of a US Open.

  • Julie Sanders