US Open: How the Irish have fared on Day 2

Kristopher Nichols
June 18, 2017

"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", said the four-times major victor, who made four birdies on his second nine, including his finishing hole, the par-three ninth.

The world number two hit just five fairways to tie for last in the 156-man field in that category as a record 44 players broke par on day one, surpassing the previous best of 39 at Medinah in 1990.

With the cut on another low-scoring day coming at one over, Johnson seemed poised to scrape into the weekend after three birdies and a bogey left him at two under, one over outright, midway through his second round.

Sixty-eight players made the cut, with former champion Webb Simpson, former Masters and British Open victor Zach Johnson and former PGA champion Keegan Bradley all making it on the number.

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.

"I'm feeling really, really good about this golf course".

It was the first time Day has missed the cut in seven U.S. Opens.

No one has accomplished such a feat since Bobby Jones swept the US and British Opens and Amateurs, the four biggest events of his day, in 1930.

With only eight shots separating top to bottom going into the weekend, someone from way back has a chance to make up ground in a hurry.

Japan's Satoshi Kodaira was making the biggest move of the day, opening with back-to-back birdies and adding two more at 11 and 12 to reach three-under for the championship, four back of the pacesetters.

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He did sneak in four birdies on the day, but five bogeys and two astonishing triples took him far out of contention. That the USGA's setup czars laid down their arms Thursday was unsurprising. "I take it as a compliment", he said.

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And then, Fowler took a second straight bogey at No. 12 to fall one shot behind Brooks Koepka. "I drove the ball well, my irons were good". All the while, another player in his group, Hideki Matsuyama, was busy shooting his own 65. Reavie birdied five of his first seven holes, and eight in all Friday, to surge back into contention.

After opening with a 79, Jason Day's struggles continued with a second-round 75 ensuring he ended the longest active streak of cuts made (17) at the majors. A year ago, he missed the cut by two shots at Oakmont.

Tommy Fleetwood was relaxed about sharing the lead at the halfway stage of the US Open as the absence of some of golf's biggest names set up an intriguing weekend at Erin Hills.

The U.S. Open is hailed as the most hard tournament in golf.

In fact, of those players inside the top-10, not one of them has yet managed to claim a Major championship title.

The 23-year-old put himself in a hard position Thursday by shooting a one-over 73 due largely to uncharacteristic struggles on the green.

McIlroy, who is returning to action after a rib injury, opened with an early eagle but was unable to maintain his momentum and finished with a six-over-par 78.

On the golf course, there was only a barrage of birdies.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who shot a 1-under 71 Friday to get to 3 under, said, "I think the greens are getting US Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain".

"I didn't think it was the putter, it was the guy on the end of it", said McIlroy, who had 62 putts over two rounds.

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