Johnson, Day and McIlroy miss cut at US Open

He loved Erin Hills, a course with wide fairways between the knee-high fescue that he figured would allow him to attack.

"He's going to win a major some day", Harmon said.

Friday wasn't almost as favorable for the world's three-top ranked players, none of whom will move onto the weekend.

The top three golfers in the world, and six of the top 10, didn't make it.

Paula Dougherty of Murrieta, Calif., hugs her son Kevin after he finished the second round of the USA open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Dougherty finished the day shooting.

The 28-year-old's seven-under-par total matched the lowest to par score ever carded in the opening round of a US Open, a record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf since the 1980 tournament. Unlikely as it seems, that was the last major he played on the weekend.

Fowler pitched the ball to about 18 feet, then missed the next putt on his way to a bogey. "I just didn't hit it into them. So, all in all, not bad".

"I'm looking forward to it very much".

Casey was the only leader who went in the morning.

He missed a five-footer for birdie on his first and then squandered another chance on 11, where he missed a 12-footer. No harm, no foul.

But his stay was short-lived, giving the stroke right back with a bogey at the next hole followed by a triple bogey at par-five 14th. "Just got to get off to a good, slow start, get conservative and kind of work my way into a solid round".

"The thing I like about Fowler and Koepka is they putt really well and their short games are really good around the greens". So there he stood at two under and seemingly out of the picture.

"I was in the hay too much", he said, before adding, "I enjoyed the walk", and, "The golf course is actually really attractive". I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week, and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it. "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

Birdies were flying around in droves early Friday afternoon at the U.S. Open, and it appeared as though a couple would run away from the pack.

Koepka - a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach - is one of those players that the smart guys like to put in their fantasy league. "So it's going to be a dog fight, and be a U.S. Open over the weekend". He was 13th a year ago at Oakmont.

His nine top-10 finishes in majors made him an anomaly on the big board. Positioned at 1 under when the day began, six shots off the lead and in a tie for 33rd place, Reed rose all the way through the masses to No. 1 for a while, playing the first 17 holes in 7 under to reach 8 under.

Rickie Fowler (-6) - Fowler quickly climbed to 9 under, and looked like he might really make life hard for the rest of the field, but three straight bogeys on his back nine derailed all momentum.

"Guess what? We get to go home today because Daddy played poorly", Day said to his son, Dash, before walking over to sign autographs.

Fleetwood had been tied for the lead after birdies on the first, eighth, 12th, 14th and 15th, only to bogey the last after following up a poor pitch by putting his birdie attempt off the green.

Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship a month ago, had a 70 and was at 5-under 139 along with a pair of U.S. Open newcomers.

"There are always ups and downs out there". The cut was projected at one-over. At 30, Harman has been around long enough to claim two PGA victories.

The 24-year-old Thomas eagled the par-5 18th for just the fifth 63 in U.S. Open history. "I think the more rounds I can play, I'm hopefully going to get rid of all that stuff and hopefully stripe it down to what you saw the last six holes".

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.

  • Joanne Flowers