McIlroy, Day try to make up ground, make cut at US Open

McIlroy, Day try to make up ground, make cut at US Open

McIlroy, Day try to make up ground, make cut at US Open

Erin Hills fought back on Friday and the world's top three players won't be around for the weekend at the U.S. Open.

The Englishman began the day one shot behind Fowler and quickly joined the American at the top of the leaderboard.

It marked the first time since the world rankings were created in 1986 that the top three ranked players in the world missed the cut at a U.S. Open.

Oosthuizen, who finished second in the US Open in 2015 and lost a play-off for the Open a month later, had to settle for a 68 to finish four under par.

PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele didn't make a bogey at Erin Hills until his 27th hole, had his hiccup with a double-bogey on the par-3 13th hole but still managed a 73.

Louis Oosthuizen, who started his round at even, birdied four of his first eight holes.

The 39-year-old was only able to move his fourth shot a matter of inches in heavy rough over the back of the green on the par five, before hacking out sideways and taking three putts from just off the green. He's tied with Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card", Casey said.

And then there is Rickie Fowler, also one back.

The left-handed Harman had three birdies, two of them on par threes, and one bogey.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who shot a 1-under 71, says "I think the greens are getting U.S. Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain".

The links-style layout, the longest course to stage a US Open, had the most sub-par scores in a first round at the championship, while the one-over-par cut matched the record low previously set in 1990 at Medinah.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - An 11-year-old golf course shaped from Wisconsin pastureland was sure to bring something different to the U.S. Open. A couple greens that are more exposed were faster, so it was hard to get a feel for the correct speed.

"Those were tough shots", Fleetwood said.

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. "I guess it's rare you get through a US Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup".

Matsuyama vaulted into contention at the U.S. Open with a 7-under 65 on Friday, moving to 5 under and a tie for eighth - just two shots back of the four-way tie atop the crowded leaderboard. I was just like, 'All right.

Then came the par five 14 hole.

Jamie Lovemark made a bomb for birdie on the 18th hole to shoot his second consecutive 69 and be tied for fifth, alongside Fowler and J.B. Holmes (69). "It's our national championship, so to be in good position and have a chance to win it, it's special".

"Today was an off day", Spieth told reporters afterward at Erin Hills. "I'd love to have another one of those", Thomas said.

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