Four-way tie at US Open as big guns crash out

Big, bold, open and long, Erin Hills appeared to be set up for big boppers like Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, but they ended up at five over and 10 over, respectively.

"My game's fine", Johnson said.

"I'm sure mama's waiting for me to get home so I can help her out", Johnson said of his girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky.

"It was a good display, all my own fault, but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course", he said.

The top three players in the world will not play the weekend of a major championship for the first time since the Official World Rankings were introduced in 1986.

Nobody should have been shocked to see Casey up there on seven-under, alongside another Englishman in Tommy Fleetwood, who shot a 70, and the Americans Brian Harman (70) and Brooks Kopeka (70).

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.

Casey flew the back of the green with his third shot and finding deep rough but could only move his ball some six inches.

NOTES: Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie each posted a 7-under 65, which represented the day's lowest scores a day after Fowler posted the same score. "There were a couple of loose swings out there, but when you shoot 65, you can take those".

Defending champion Johnson trudged to the exit at Erin Hills after failing to make the halfway cut, which fell at one-over-145. "And unfortunately with where I was hitting it, I wasn't in the way". Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12. Koepka had the outright lead with four holes left in his round before a bogey on the par-3 sixth hole.

"It's not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man". "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

Harman closed with two birdies and three tough pars for a 5-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead at 12-under 204.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this".

Fellow Australians Wade Ormsby (six-over after a second 75) and Nick Flanagan (10-over after a 79) also went home early, joining Johnson (four-over after a 73) and four-time major victor McIlroy (five-over after a 71).

Rory McIlroy's 71 wasn't enough and he'll miss the cut at five-over.

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.

"I was sticking to the same game plan, I was doing the same things", Hadwin said. It s just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt. I got off to a good start but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on.

"If we get rain tomorrow and it gets wet and it plays soft, this place is going to get soft and you're going to have to be aggressive and you have to make a ton of birdies", Snedeker said.

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