Logjam At Top of US Open Leaderboard After Round 2

Hope Soto
June 18, 2017

The last six majors have crowned first-time champions and that trend looks poised to continue at Erin Hills where you have to look way down the leaderboard to 19th before finding a major victor in U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain.

Not since the so-called "Massacre of Winged Foot" of 1974 has there been such a logjam atop the leader board, but this latest edition of the old championship is more bunched that at any time with 32 players within five shots of the lead. The Japanese star birdied six of his first eight holes Friday, finishing round two at five under for the tournament.

"I like this golf course". "I think that can't be underestimated, having your friend with you, whether you're leading in the US Open or playing anywhere", he said. "I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".

Asked if he would have been able to recover from such a mistake earlier in his career, Casey added: "In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, so probably not!"

"I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had", said Casey, who played in the afternoon.

"I think at the end of the day, it's competitive rounds and get the card in my hand", McIlroy said. "I have a tee time on Saturday, so you just kind of learn along the way to never really give up".

"I saw some positives there on the back nine coming in and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers (tournament) next week".

The Englishman found himself in trouble when he flew his approach out of rough over the green into the deep fescue and needed five more strokes to get in the cup. "You're going to make some bogeys in there, so it's really hard to get away from anybody".

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But the top-ranked players, with the exception of Garcia, who shot 2 under 70, faltered during the opening round.

On the longest course ever for a major, the cut was the lowest at the U.S. Open since 1990. But, despite the considerable length of the course, the game's other big hitters aren't up front with him.

"It is always cool to be part of some sort of history in golf, but I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday", Fowler said. Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it.

And then, Fowler took a bogeys at Nos. Unlikely as it seems, that was the last major he played on the weekend.

On a day with scoring more hard, Hadwin found his game to be a little off early in the round but he was able to grind out pars with great putting.

Unfortunately, none of the three will be around this weekend for the 117th U.S. Open (writes Jeff Babineau - Golfweek).

The biggest jolt of all, however, came watching World No 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson, No 2 Rory McIlroy and No 3 Jason Day all trudge to the exit after failing to make the halfway cut, which fell at 1-over 145. Schauffele went 26 consecutive holes without a bogey until he rammed his long birdie putt on No. 9 about 12 feet by the hole and narrowly missed the par putt.

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).

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