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Four-way tie at top of US Open standings after second day

“It’s a big golf course with lots of rough, but it lets you play”.This might have been more than anyone was expecting.Fleetwood, who had made just one cut in his previous seven majors, birdied the last to add a 70 to his opening 67 and finish seven under par alongside compatriot Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman.Some of the world’s top-ranked players and pre-tournament favorites will miss the cut.Fowler shot a 65 and led all golfers after the first 18 holes at 7 under par.Rory McIlroy and Jason Day never recovered from theirs.Fleetwood bogeyed his first hole of the day but had three birdies and 12 pars.The American birdied the second and the seventh and had not dropped a shot in 28 holes before shooting three bogeys in succession at the 11th, 12th and 13th.Casey, Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood have yet to tee off.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).Oosthuizen, whose sole major title to date came at St Andrews in 2010, birdied the first, fourth, seventh and eighth to move to four under par, while 2015 victor Spieth had covered his first 11 holes in level par.Matsuyama, a 25-year-old, four-time PGA Tour victor from Japan, had a putt for birdie on the par-5 18th hole, which would have been only the second 8-under round in U.S. Open history, matching Johnny Miller’s 63 at par-71 Oakmont in 1973. But I definitely think when he’s walking down the range to give me golf balls it takes him about 25 minutes because everyone stops and is talking to him. “I need to get myself in the Open Championship and B, I need some world ranking points for the rest of the year”. His most recent top-10 was T7 at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Beginning at the tenth hole, the 39-year-old was four-over-par through his first six holes after a triple bogey at the par-5 14th but made five birdies in a row from the 17th to the third to bounce back with a one-under-par 71. Fowler and Rahm each shot 73.However, Round 3 of the U.S. Open obviously went to Justin Thomas. Can he become the seventh straight first-time major victor dating to Jason Day’s victory at the 2015 PGA Championship? Golf is secondary. He’s played 750-plus events and only won 21 of them, so if he based himself off golf, he wouldn’t be very successful.”The start kind of killed me”, Dunne said of bogeys at his first two holes. “It’s still Saturday and 36 holes is a very long time in a U.S. Open”.Johnson used the words “frustrating” and “frustrated” repeatedly in a post-round interview Friday night before he pulled the putter back out of his bag for a little night work.Thursday’s opening round began with drama off the course after a blimp hovering near the venue crashed. This was not a good set up for me, and I just don’t think I was prepared to play the kind of golf that was needed to be on the leaderboard this week. The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990.Dustin Johnson was right on the cut line with eight holes to play. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major.Victorian Leishman lurks three shots off the pace with a gutsy even-par 72 maintaining his four-under total, becoming the only Australian to make it to the weekend. But I couldn’t have shot any higher. Each day has gotten progressively worse for him in this tournament. McIlroy came to life when it was far too late. They finished at four, five and 10 over par respectively.Fowler has the best chance, even though he lost so much ground over the final two hours.”We’re in a good spot”, Fowler said.Jason Day, with two triple bogeys, shot a 79.The biggest surprise at the U.S. Open on Friday was not who was leading but who was leaving.American Chez Reavie also scored 65 on a day when Erin Hills failed for the most part to bare its fangs.”He’s going to win a major some day”, Harmon said.”I really like this golf course”. “It was a bit of a roller coaster”, said Casey.