Day two ends with four-way tie

This might have been more than anyone was expecting.When Thomas joined the lead there were seven players packed tight at seven-under, including overnight leaders Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman. In order to be there on Sunday, to give oneself a chance, you have to find a way to stick around.Jason Day followed up a 79 in the first round with a 75 in round two, Rory McIlroy was always up against it after a 78 on Thursday and although he shot one under on Friday he was well short of the cut.It’s not the kind of leaderboard that makes someone cancel their weekend plans to stay home and watch the last two rounds of the U.S. Open.Joining them with a weekend off were 2016 British Open champion Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.Fleetwood found his way to the top with a rather ordinary four-birdie, two-bogey round. Nobody’s going to make nine birdies out there.Rickie Fowler, on the verge of being left behind, rallied with three straight birdies and shot 68.”This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I’ll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish”, he said.After weeks of pouring his heart and soul into qualifying for the first U.S. Open played in Wisconsin, Madison’s Steve Stricker was right where he wanted to be after the tournament’s second round.Erin Hills again lacked enough wind to be the stern test the U.S. Open wants, and it showed.A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole.Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf. “I think at this point in time I just need to play”.He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot.”I saw some positives there on the back nine coming in and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers (tournament) next week”, he said. He spent a lot of time in the much talked about fescue on both days, hitting just 15 out of 28 fairways and 20 out of 36 greens in regulation.”It’s pretty frustrating when I got here Friday, put a lot of work in – not a lot, but I tried to pace myself”, said Day. I think it’s easy to lose track, it’s very easy to take off on your own path and, before you know it, you’re too far down there and it’s a long way back. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major.”If we get rain tomorrow and it gets wet and it plays soft, this place is going to get soft and you’re going to have to be aggressive and you have to make a ton of birdies”, Snedeker said.”It was a good bogey though”, joked Fleetwood, who regained his composure to hit a superb pitch from well below the putting surface.Casey finished his wild day with six straight pars for a 1-under 71 to set the target Friday.”Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card, but I’m a pretty happy man”, Casey told the tournament’s website. “Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster”. I’ve never a led US Open, so it will be a very cool experience.