Four Sit Atop a Crowded Leaderboard at US Open

English pair Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are among four players with a share a lead of the US Open at the half way stage at Erin Hills. Lots of talent, just looking for that one break out moment.Elsewhere, the world’s top three players – Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day – will attempt to resurrect their chances after disappointing first-round displays.The 2011 U.S. Open champion missed the cut at that event with two rounds of 77-71, and this marks the third time in the last six years he won’t be around for the weekend at the second major.”Pitchers have good days and bad days, and I took an L [loss] today and come back tomorrow and try to finish this round strong going into next week”.”Myself and Rory, we didn’t quite have the greatest tee game yesterday and it showed in the scores”, said McIlroy, who finished at five-over.The 39-year-old then parred the 13th to remain one shot off the lead alongside Xander Schauffele, the lowly ranked American who was also out on the course early on Friday.South Korea’s Kim Si-Woo and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama were among five players on five under, which also included amateur Cameron Champ.When he birdied his second hole it appeared to be the stress-free golf of his opening 66. I had no idea that nine under was the best ever in an Open, so that was pretty cool once I saw my card.Johnson, who arrived late at Erin Hills following the birth of his second child on Monday, will now have extra time to spend with his infant son after returning a 73 for four-over.”I started feeling a couple of rounds at Colonial like that, where I really felt like I was seeing the lines, I was confident going into it”.Casey took his place amongst the leading group after recovering from an early implosion that sent him plunging down the leaderboard. “It was a bit of a roller coaster”.Day and McIlroy never had much of a chance, both out of the picture before Johnson even teed off. However, back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes dropped him back to even-par for the day.”The course is, I would say, a few shots harder than it was (Thursday)”, Stricker said. I’ve really enjoyed it.”The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool”, said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.Fowler will have to play better than he did Saturday to win, and that’s saying something.The 29-year-old had not missed the cut at the U.S. Open in six previous appearances, finishing in the top 10 five times during that span.After opening with a 79, Jason Day’s struggles continued with a second-round 75 ensuring he ended the longest active streak of cuts made (17) at the majors.”I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I’m excited”, said Thomas.”It was a good display – all my own fault – but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14″, Casey said.