Elderly golf fan who died at US Open lost wife days earlier

The three-putt that did in Dustin Johnson at this U.S. Open came at the 13th hole on Friday, not the 18th hole on Sunday.

Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship up the road at Whistling Straits, had to birdie his last hole Thursday to break 80.

Americans Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka were slugging it out at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard on Friday, opening a two-shot lead on field midway through the second round.

Casey laid up in the rough, took two chops to get out of more rough behind the 14th green, and staggered away with a triple-bogey 8 that might have ruined his day at Erin Hills. With birdies on the four of the last six holes, he shot 71.

Sitting two shots back with the clubhouse lead is Paul Casey who survived a rollercoaster round that included a gut-wrenching triple-bogey and a thrilling run of five straight birdies.

Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood all shot matching two-under 70s to join Casey at seven under.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said after his round. "Then clawed all the way back and actually picked up one more to the good by the time we were finished". When I was younger it went everywhere.

He clawed that back with a birdie on the 12th, draining a six-foot putt but was soon in trouble on the 13th, three-putting for bogey.

I got out of position, but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week.

Speaking about the changes he made previous year, Fleetwood added: "I went back to my old coach and had one of my best mates caddying and I think that can't be underestimated, having your friend with you, whether you're leading the US Open or playing a casual round at home".

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. (That was his first competitive round since the Players, having taken time off to heal from a rib injury.) On Friday, he hit 11 fairways and 12 greens but his five birdies were offset by four bogeys.

The Southport-born Fleetwood had five birdies in his round and just two bogeys. I've never a led US Open, so it will be a very cool experience.

Matsuyama and Reavie each shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the U.S. Open.

Tied with Fowler at six-under par are Jamie Lovemark and J.B. Holmes.

Casey said he would not change his approach as he pursues his first major. I guess I've just kind of always been that way.

Then came the par five 14 hole. I think the more rounds I can play, I'm hopefully going to get rid of all that stuff and hopefully strip it down to what you saw the last six holes. "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done".

Johnson put his weekend in jeopardy after missing a 6-footer for par on the par-3 13th. I missed another one on four from about three feet, but I didn't feel like I was hitting bad putts, I was just misreading them.

  • Julie Sanders