Logjam At Top of US Open Leaderboard After Round 2

Kristopher Nichols
June 18, 2017

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be ideal for their games - spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.

Other notable players failing to make the cut included British Open champion Henrik Stenson (147), former Masters winners Charl Schwartzel (147) of South Africa and Australian Adam Scott (147) and double Masters victor Bubba Watson (148).

"It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", Casey said.

"I was upset with the score I had made, but it had, in no way, any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot". "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did".

Rory McIlroy was left reflecting on a missed cut at the US Open for the second consecutive year on Friday after once again struggling to get to grips with the Erin Hills layout. Matsuyama, a 25-year-old, four-time PGA Tour victor from Japan, had a putt for birdie on the par-5 18th hole, which would have been only the second 8-under round in U.S. Open history, matching Johnny Miller's 63 at par-71 Oakmont in 1973.

Day shot a 75 for a two-day total of 10-over 154, ending at 17 the longest active streak of making the cut in the majors.

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.

You can not play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee, and I wasn't in position.

"It's just golf. It's frustrating". I feel like the golf game is there. "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend".

"You don't get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free", Fowler said. I think Michael [Greller, caddie] and I were both talking, we're still very much in it.

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"Just timing was a little bit off, and that was it". And if that's not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round.

Major champions Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner also missed.

Danny Willett has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a back injury. He opened Thursday with a 9-over 81.

Day and McIlroy were left feeling pretty empty, as each had arrived to Wisconsin nearly a week ago with high expectations. It didn't matter at that point, because I was so far from the cut line.

"I'm a big fan, " McIlroy said. "I've never played in [one of the final pairings of] a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience". "I was a little anxious starting out yesterday, and it caught up to me".

Fast forward to Thursday, and it sounded as if McIlroy had chose to try again.

McIlroy, as well as Day, will play the Travelers Championship near Hartford, Conn., next week as he gears up for the British Open.

Day, the 2015 PGA champion, pointed to a couple of shortfalls in his game.

That's eight of the next 10 weeks after just seven starts in 2017.

McIlroy will join Day at the US PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in CT next week."I saw some positives and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers", McIlroy, who has been sidelined a total of 10 weeks with a rib injury in 2017, said.

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