Casey rides rollercoaster up US Open leaderboard

ERIN, Wisconsin Canada’s Adam Hadwin tied a U.S. Open record by firing six consecutive birdies on Thursday to roar up the leaderboard and into contention for a first major.Another warm, dry day is drying out the course during the second round of the U.S. Open, and the players are noticing a difference. “We get to go home today because Daddy played poorly”. It didn’t matter at that point because I was so far from the cut line, but at least I know it’s in there, it’s just a matter of getting it out of me and getting myself in the right frame of mind.Australian world number three Day meanwhile – who shot a seven-over-par 79 on Thursday – opened his second round with two birdies and a bogey in his first three holes.He shot 75. Rory McIlroy shot 78, and Jason Day needed a birdie on No. 18 to break 80.Brooks Koepka (-7) – Koepka missed a couple great birdie opportunities coming in Friday, but that might just motivate him to play better over the weekend.And then, Fowler took a bogeys at Nos.Fowler, teeing off on the 10th, was quickly into his stride with back-to-back birdies on his second and third holes.”I felt really refreshed, which is what you need to when you come into the U.S. Open, you can’t be fried at all”, said Snedeker, who missed more than a month of PGA Tour action with what he called “trigger finger” in his left hand.”I showed up for the last six holes, anyway”, said McIlroy. That position on the leader board-the best he’s been in after 36 holes in nine U.S. Open starts-had him sounding more positive after the round than his score would suggest.Brendan Steele hits a drive on the fifth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.The Englishman had to battle for his one-under round of 71 as he endured a nightmare eight on the par five 14th, shooting over the back of the green and seeing one of his five strokes from there roll back to his feet. He kept it in the short grass, the secret to Erin Hills that wouldn’t appear to be that hard with some of the widest fairways for this major.The 28-year-old acknowledged that it would be a steep climb to get back into the tournament after a day when 17 competitors broke 70, but he said he was up for the challenge.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 biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive”, Day said.Making matters worse, however, Fowler compounded the mistake with three-putt bogeys on the next two holes, suddenly falling from out of the lead for the first time in two days.Big names staring down an early exit are former US Open winners Jordan Spieth (one-over, 2.20pm tee time), Dustin Johnson (three-over, 2.20pm tee time) and Rory McIlroy (five-over after a 71). “Even though it’s very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer”.