US Open: How the Irish have fared on Day 2

US Open: How the Irish have fared on Day 2”

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day missed the cut at the 2017 U.S. Open.

Most unusual about Saturday is the four-way tie for the lead among Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman.

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 past year at Baltusrol.

McIlroy worked with his coach Michael Bannon on making a smoother transition from the top of his backswing and although he was three over par after 12 holes, birdies on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth ended the week on a high.

Paul Casey, of England, reacts after his birdie on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Defending champion Johnson will aim to bounce back from a lacklustre 3-over-par 75 when he tees off alongside Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer in the afternoon session.

And the former Ryder Cup player then made it five birdies in succession - just one short of the US Open record equalled by Adam Hadwin on Thursday - by picking up shots on the first, second and third. He made four birdies over the last six holes to salvage a 71, but he still missed the cut for the second straight year.

Rickie Fowler did what he had to do to take the lead in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Lurking at 5-under was a pack including young South Korean Kim Si-woo, who recovered from an early bogey by stringing together three straight birdies through the turn on the way to a 2-under 70.

Not even the sight of a burning blimp crashing to the ground in an open field 800 metres (0.5 mile) from the course could shake the world number nine, who failed to make the cut at his previous two US Opens but finished runner-up in 2014.

"I guess it's not often where you get through a US Open or any major without some kind of hiccup", said Casey, who took full responsibility - "all my own fault" - for getting out of position and left to take his medicine for a series of poor shots.

"I usually love places like this". "It sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today".

Plus, on a course that has measured more than 7,800 yards in each of the first two rounds, you would have expected all three to thrive with their power games. "And I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week.Unfortunately this didn't pan out".

McIlroy, sidelined for a month with rib and back injuries, could not shake off the rust missing the US Open cut for the second consecutive year.

But: "It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard".

McIlroy said he would be hitting the practice ground this weekend. "There's no secret that I'm very fiery and a competitor and I've let my emotions get the best of me for sure so I'm understanding that if I can control those I certainly have a better chance of playing well".

Day was particularly disappointed because he thought he had prepared properly for the championship.

After Matsuyama and Reavie, the next best round of the day was Bill Haas' 68.

The Australian said he might have been thrown by the look of the layout. He loved Erin Hills, a course with wide fairways between the knee-high fescue that he figured would allow him to attack.

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