Leaderboard logjam at US Open as top names miss cut

The 25-year-old Matsuyama, ranked No. 4 in the world, birdied six of his first eight holes in the second round.

Spieth, who won the 2015 event, dropped away with a 76 leaving him in 59th at four-over while 2014 victor Kaymer fell to even-par after a 75. "When it is the US Open and you're leading it is a different type of pressure because it is new so I'll see how that goes tomorrow". Then he stumbled a bit in his next three starts on the PGA Tour. His most recent top-10 was T7 at the Dean & Deluca Invitational.

The 28-year-old needed to make a fast start on Friday to avoid another early exit, but missed from five feet for birdie on the 10th - his opening hole - and 12 feet on the 11th, before a poor chip from the back of the 12th green led to a bogey.

But in the previous two U.S. Opens, Johnson added life to what is traditionally golf's toughest and often most drama-free major.

Friday wasn't almost as favorable for the world's three-top ranked players, none of whom will move onto the weekend. It's still Saturday, 36 holes is a very long time in a US Open. "I think at this point in time I just need to play". There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick. He hit 12 of the 14 fairways in the second round, and one of the misses came on No. 15, when he was in desperation mode and tried to drive the green on the 357-yard hole.

Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf. With about two hours left in the second round, the cut was looking to be 1-over par, which would tie a U.S. Open record.

Dustin Johnson was right on the cut line with eight holes to play. The Japanese star matched Chez Reavie for the best round of the day, three shots clear of the next best performance by Bill Haas.

Brooks Koepka bogeyed the par-3 sixth after hitting his tee shot near the grandstand and fell to 7 under. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did. I just happened to be in the flawless spot". The last time Day missed a cut in a major was the 2012 PGA Championship, just a month after his son was born.

The Warrnambool native compared his good vibes to his two best finishes on the big stage - a tie for fourth at the 2013 Masters (won by countryman Adam Scott) and the 2015 British Open, when Leishman lost in a playoff to Zach Johnson at St Andrews. Fleetwood was poised to take the lead until his pitch to the 18th wasn't strong enough and his next shot went beyond the flag and down the slope some 70 feet away. "Two yards either way, I would have been stuck". I'm definitely disappointed I'm not playing the weekend, but there is a lot I can take out of it. A lot of them had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.

It was day of sizzling drama on the links-style layout that featured stunning birdie runs and spectacular collapses - some like Casey coming on the same scorecard.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said.

  • Julie Sanders