McIlroy, Day to miss US Open cut

Also playing in the afternoon was Dustin Johnson, the defending champion and No. 1 player in the world, who opened with a 75.

Rose was also vulnerable at two over, a score that left him one shot outside the cut line with Friday's later starters still to tee off.

"I got a massive break", he said. "I couldn't have shot any higher. Then he says, "Are you all right?' And I said, 'Yeah".

He missed the cut in the last two U.S. Opens.

McIlroy, who has struggled through a nagging rib injury that has limited him to six tournaments this year, saw some positive signs in the second round after complaining about feeling rusty after his substandard opening 18 holes. The top 60 and ties qualify for the final 36 holes.

"Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer", added the 28-year-old, who has added the Scottish Open to his schedule in between the Irish Open and Open Championship.

It was the first time since the rankings system was launched in April 1989 that the world's top three players have all failed to make the third round of a major.

"It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course". "But as we all know, this game's all about putting. I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup". "It's still Saturday - 36 holes is a very long time in a U.S. Open". "Looking forward to the next two days". He won't play again until The Open at Royal Birkdale next month.

Branden Grace (72), Louis Oosthuizen (70) and Brandon Stone (74) are level-par, but Charl Schwartzel (3-over), George Coetzee and Oliver Bekker (both 7-over) missed the cut. He opened Thursday with a 9-over 81.

Tommy Fleetwood had no problem picking out his best shot of the day.

"I did the work, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course".

"It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard", said Casey.

Is the rough to penal around Erin Hills?

"I'm optimistic with where my game is", he said. "I was a little anxious starting out yesterday, and it caught up to me".

"It's only going to get firmer as the course dries out, and the ball is going to run out even farther", said Ryan Palmer, who ranks 24th on the PGA Tour with a driving average of 300 yards. McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open. After another week, it's the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship.

That was a 10-shot improvement on his second round and left the 26-year-old on eight under par as he seeks to turn his Ryder Cup heroics into individual success.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major", Day told reporters.

Fowler's stumble didn't derail his hopes of winning his first major championship title.

"I put it in the wrong places", he said.

"This week I've been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, all right, let's go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt".

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.

Casey sandwiched a pair of bogeys around his triple during a four-hole stretch of the back nine. His total of 154 equaled his worse two-round total at a major, matching his first two rounds at The Open in 2013.

  • Zachary Reyes