US Open sees top seeds cut, four-way tie for lead

Day and McIlroy were left feeling pretty empty, as each had arrived to Wisconsin nearly a week ago with high expectations. "I wasn't thinking too much about 8 under", he said through an interpreter.

Rory Mcilroy, of Ireland, and Jason Day, of Australia, walk on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

It is going to be a surprisingly quiet weekend for defending champion and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, as well as Nos.

You can not play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee, and I wasn't in position. He won't play again until the British Open.

That appeared to prompt 1995 US PGA champion Steve Elkington to write on Twitter that "Rory is so bored playiing golf...without Tiger [Woods] the threshold is prolly 4 majors with 100mill in bank".

Fowler started brightly and moved from his starting seven under to nine under at one stage of his second round, while fellow Ryder Cup star Koepka also managed to get to nine under par. "It was a good round for me". "And unfortunately, this didn't pan out". On typical U.S. Open greens, that would have run all the way off the back of the green. A recurring rib injury limited his practice time and kept him from starts at the BMW Championship and Memorial. He said that his 16 years of experience is what allowed him to keep the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th hole. He stumbled to a 6-over 42 over his final nine on Day 1. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results.

"They should be wide enough for me to hit it into", he said. "And I was just trying to show that". It didn't matter at that point, because I was so far from the cut line. But at least I know that it's in there.

"I'm a big fan, " McIlroy said. "But I think definitely getting a lot speedier, a lot faster". If you're ever going to come from behind in a tournament, I don't think this is a bad option. "I really haven't been hitting the ball well as of late". Everything was in good shape. "I was just a little bit off". McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open.

There were as many amateurs who broke par as players in the top 10 in the world - two each.

He missed a five-footer for birdie on his first and then squandered another chance on 11, where he missed a 12-footer.

World No.3 Day surrendered the longest active streak (17) of cuts made at the majors. He never expected to be making those plans on a Friday.

Phil Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open field on Thursday to attend his daughter's high school graduation in California. This week, he didn't have it. I obviously paid the price today.

"It is going to be great as I've never done this before", he said looking ahead to the weekend.

The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Open since Winged Foot in 1974, back when the names were more familiar for a major - Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, who went on to win his first major.

The American is seven shots behind leaders Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka in Wisconsin.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler went 28 holes in a row without a bogey and then had three in a row, and this has really made the tournament very interesting.

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