Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Top 3 miss US Open cut, leaving 4-way tie for lead

Top 3 miss US Open cut, leaving 4-way tie for lead

The 28-year-old started day two with a one-shot cushion but a one-over-par 73 opened the door for a four-way tie for the lead at seven-under shared Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka. At 6-under 138, he trails four players by a shot as he readies for 36 more holes at Erin Hills. "So, it should be a fun weekend".

McIlroy, however, who had come into the tournament from an injury layoff after a niggling rib problem, said he was encouraged by his performance.

Day had never missed a cut at the US Open and suffered his first weekend off at the majors since the 2012 US PGA Championship.

Westwood's 69 was just the third time the former world number one has broken 70 in the first round of the US Open, with his lowest score of 67 coming a year ago. Everything was in good shape.

"You won't get a better day for scoring", Johnson said wistfully during the long walk to sign his card. As we all know, this game is all about putting.

"In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, but had I taken the 8 14 years ago I probably would not have managed to get back like I did today", he said.

"The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive", he said.

"When you're trying to aim at a target usually at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure in hitting the fairway".

Chez Reavie matched Matsuyama's 65 in round two to lead a group at four under.

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"I thought 63 was the number".

"I really haven't been hitting the ball well as of late", Matsuyama said. "There were a couple of dicey pin placements out there that you had to be careful about, but it was still scoreable".

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Love, who shot a 1-under 71, called the experience "awesome" and said of his father: "He has all the experience". "I've never done this before".

"It's just golf. It's frustrating but I don't let it bother me. So that just kind of gave me a confidence boost, knowing I can hit those shots". "I'm enjoying it right now".

Harman, a two-time PGA Tour victor from Georgia, said, "I was pretty nervous this morning and I got off to a little shaky start. And I was proud I hung in there". He birdied four of his last six holes - he missed two birdie putts of 10 feet and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 seventh - to rally for a 71.

"I've shown what can happen with one bad swing".

"I couldn't get comfortable over the putter".

However, while the world's top three are making other plans for the weekend after missing the cut, college amateur Cameron Champ is proving that massive tee shots can still help get the job done on the long, links-style layout.

"It's still golf", he said. "It's our national championship, so to be in good position and have a chance to win it, it's special".

Rory McIlroy made the fast start he was looking for at the US Open on Thursday but ended up trundling over the finish line after a back nine collapse.

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