An early US Open departure for Day and McIlroy

Fowler had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and U.S. Open newcomer Xander Schauffele. At 6-under 138, he trails four players by a shot as he readies for 36 more holes at Erin Hills.”I really like this golf course; it sets up really well for me, especially if I’m driving it like I did today”, said Johnson, who shot 73 along with a first-round 75 to finish at 148.Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell is also in the midst of his second round and is now one shot clear of Dunne on 3-over but also sitting outside the cut mark.”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.Joining Johnson, McIlroy, Day and Willett in going home early are a host of fellow big names. Lots of talent, just looking for that one break-out moment.Shane Lowry proved the best of the Irish and the only one of the starting quartet to make the cut, reaching the half-way stage just inside the cut mark on one over par.And then, Fowler took a bogeys at Nos.Lowry had a poor front nine, which featured four bogeys and a birdie.While Erin Hills was still not playing as hard as many past U.S. Open courses, it was beginning to firm up from the early week rain, plus the USGA had a few tricks up its sleeve.The 29-year-old, who won his maiden major title at the 2015 US PGA Championship, said the dismal result had come as a surprise given his intense practice in the lead-up.The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year. When you’re trying to aim at a target usually at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there’s some pressure in hitting the fairway. “But I’d rather be remembered for something that’s done on Sunday”. But it was too little too late for the Northern Irishman who remains anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at five over.The cut was at one-over par after Friday’s round, allowing 68 golfers to make it to the weekend. Fowler is at No. 9 in the world ranking.Brandt Snedeker, Players Championship victor Kim Si-woo, Xander Schauffele and amateur Cameron Champ are also two shots back at five under.For players like Jordan Spieth (73) and Johnson, it was a matter of not making enough putts.Henrik Stenson. Alex Noren.Casey started eagle-birdie and finished with two birdies over the final four holes for his 66. “The scoring was so good this morning”.”All in all, I’ve got to be happy”, Els said.The left-handed Harman had three birdies, two of them on par threes, and one bogey.”This is the first time I’ve been in kind of the spotlight”. Erin Hills must have felt like another planet, not the same state.The trio’s struggles were all the more surprising given that low scores were there to be had for all. Jamie Lovemark and J.B.On the golf course, there was only a barrage of birdies.Nevertheless, he believes he is poised to remain in the hunt this week, sitting at seven under and top of the leaderboard alongside Paul Casey, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood. His 7-under par tied the record to par for the first round of a U.S. Open held by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who each shot 7-under 63 at Baltusrol in 1980.”I’ve never led a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience”. He made an 8, and followed that with a tee shot into the rough to make a bogey.”I wish I was about 5 shots better”, Stricker said Friday at Erin Hills Golf Club. “I felt bad for the people inside”. It was sporadic storms earlier in the week that has softened the greens. But a 675-yard par-5, nobody’s hitting to that. The speed of the greens seemed to pick up a foot maybe of speed.Former Masters champion Danny Willett has withdrawn from the Open with a back injury.At Erin Hills, all Johnson could do was go down swinging on a Friday.