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Defending champion Johnson out of US Open

20 June, 2017, 12:31 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Jason Day and Rory McIlroy also missed the cut, and this marked the first time the top three players in the world have all missed the cut in a major.

The top three players in the world have never missed the cut in the same major dating to when the world ranking began in 1986. But he missed his first cut at a major since the 2012 PGA Championship. "Then three-putt the next two holes".

On another day of low-scoring at the Erin Hills course in Wisconsin, Casey and compatriot Tommy Fleetwood were bunched on seven under alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman after the second round. He'll head home to spend time with his son, River Jones Johnson, who was born Monday. That was a US Open best in a single round.

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That's what happened as Stricker made it exactly on the cut line.

However the 39-year-old world number 14 unfurled a sequence of five straight birdies to haul himself back up the leaderboard, carding a one-under-par 71 to finish the day at seven under.

Thomas, the 24-year-old from Kentucky who is a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers. "We get to go home today because Daddy played poorly".

The crowded leaderboard also included three players at 6 under and five more at 5 under. Spieth never wandered into negative numbers on the front nine, posting only two birdies the entire day (he has six on the week).

The cut was at one-over par after Friday's round, allowing 68 golfers to make it to the weekend. "I feel like that's going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things".

It didn't for McIlroy, either.

There is no telling what the weekend will bring - starting with the weather, which includes a possibility of thunderstorms that could delay play and make the greens soft again.

Just about everything already has at Erin Hills. If only he had hit the fairways. It's very easy to take off on your own path, and before you know it, you're too far down there and it's a long way back.

World number two Rory McIlroy, who has been sidelined for a month with rib and back injuries, followed his opening round 78 with a one-under 71, courtesy of four birdies over his final six holes. But a 675-yard par-5, nobody's hitting to that.

"Show up for the last six holes, anyway", McIlroy said. Much like Johnson, it takes a lot to get him excited - even a share of the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open. That still didn't appear to be almost enough. He won his only PGA Tour event in the Phoenix Open, but along the way, he tied for fifth in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, and then tied for fourth in the PGA Championship previous year at Baltusrol.

It's the most players tied after 36 holes of the USA since 1974 at Winged Foot, only the names from 43 years ago resonate more than today - Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started".

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

His schedule will pick up immediately. He's playing the Travelers Championship next week, then after a week off, heads to the Irish Open, the Scottish Open and The Open in consecutive weeks.

"Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer", McIlroy said. All at seven under par at Erin Hills. But he wasn't doing much of anything right, especially off the tee.

Louis Oosthuizen is making the biggest move the morning in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Said Johnson, who was 3 over: "I really like this golf course, it sets up well for me. I'll work on the game a little bit, and I'll be ready to play at the British". "The execution was not there".

The Californian has been bashing the ball great distances for a long time.

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