Top three cut at Erin Hills in first for US Open

The world number two hit just five fairways to tie for last in the 156-man field in that category as a record 44 players broke par on day one, surpassing the previous best of 39 at Medinah in 1990.

With Johnson, McIlroy and Day misfiring, it was left to a clutch of unheralded players to dominate the upper reaches of the leaderboard.

Those golfers would be Jamie Lovemark, Thursday's leader Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes.

Casey remained at the top of the leaderboard despite temporarily falling off Friday morning when he struggled through a stretch that included two bogeys and a triple bogey. If I had to render a guess, when the rain comes on over the weekend and takes all roll out of the fairway, officials will make the longest course in major championship history even longer.

"It's absolutely fixable; it's not a technical thing, it's just in my own head and something I have to work on". It lets you be aggressive, you can get on runs where you can make birdies.

The Englishman found himself in trouble when he flew his approach out of rough over the green into the deep fescue and needed five more strokes to get in the cup. "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend".

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", he said.

"I've never led a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience".

"I saw some positives there on the back nine coming in, and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers". "You're going to make some bogeys in there, so it's really hard to get away from anybody". It's there that the mistake was made: Hadwin tried to play too ideal of a third shot up toward the raised putting surface.

No one has accomplished such a feat since Bobby Jones swept the USA and British Opens and Amateurs, the four biggest events of his day, in 1930. But, despite the considerable length of the course, the game's other big hitters aren't up front with him.

The U.S. Golf Association says complimentary bottled water will be provided at all drinking water stations for the rest of the tournament, which runs through Sunday. Unless you hit the ball really close, or drop a long putt, you're not making birdie. "Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it". He had a chance to match Johnny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par, but he settled for par on the 676-yard 18th.

Woods, who recently underwent his fourth back surgery, has not played a PGA Tour event since January at Torrey Pines, the site of the last of his 14 major wins in 2008. The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend have combined for zero majors.

"It always does that", he said.

The U.S. Open is hailed as the most hard tournament in golf.

"(It's tough to get through) a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of hiccup". World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Jason Day missed the cut. He bogeyed the 11th, 12th and 13th holes and missed a short birdie putt on the par-five 14th. McIlroy was 4 shots off the cut line and Day a whopping 9 shots removed. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did". I've been very light on competitive rounds this year and it's just a matter of getting into a good round of golf now. After shooting a 3-under 75 to finish at 10 over for his two rounds at Erin Hills, it was all Day could muster.

But that was met with a swift response from McIlroy who wrote "More like 200mil... not bad for a "bored" 28 year old... plenty more where that came from" and posted a screenshot of his Wikipedia entry which lists some of his achievements in the game.

  • Julie Sanders