US Open: How the Irish have fared on Day 2

But he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie chances in that stretch, and one of the birdies he made was a two-putt from 20 feet on the par-5 seventh.

Fowler would make terrific saves from Nos.

With two rounds to play there is some 23 players within four shots of the lead. "Part of that is just age, and part I'll give credit to caddy Johnny McLaren, credit to my wife and my little boy".

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. Three players - Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka - were in the clubhouse on five under, two back from Fowler.

It was a nice comeback for Casey after he triple-bogeyed the par-5 14th and shot 38 on his first nine.

"It's pretty frustrating when I got here [last] Friday, put a lot of work in, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course, " he said. Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster. "But when you're visually looking down the fairway, I think when you're trying to aim at a target at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure into hitting the fairway because it is a lot narrower than we have out here".

Not today: Jason Day of Australia shows his anguish at Erin Hills.

The 29-year-old, who won his maiden major title at the 2015 US PGA Championship, said the dismal result had come as a surprise given his intense practice in the lead-up. "I feel like that's going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things". He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.

McIlroy will join Day at the US PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in CT next week."I saw some positives and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers", McIlroy, who has been sidelined a total of 10 weeks with a rib injury in 2017, said. With birdies on the four of the last six holes, he shot 71.

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.

The world's fourth-ranked player birdied six of his first eight holes, shooting six-under 30 going out. On typical U.S. Open greens, that would have run all the way off the back of the green.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler looked set to retain his place at the top of the leaderboard but broke his 28-hole streak without dropping a shot with three bogeys in as many holes to derail his campaign.

Champ, a qualifier from Texas A&M, is leading the 156-player field in average driving distance over the first two rounds at 339 yards, and is tied for eighth on the leaderboard, two shots off the pace at five-under-par after yesterday's three-under 69. For the second straight year, Rory McIlroy is packing his bags early, as is defending champion Dustin Johnson and world No. 3 Jason Day.

A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole. He says the greens on his last few holes "were firming up".

"They want par to be a good score", said English, "and this afternoon it will be".

  • Julie Sanders