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Leaderboard logjam at US Open as top names miss cut

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.Three players – Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka – were in the clubhouse on five under, two back from Fowler.Paul Casey of England reacts after finishing on the ninth green during the second round of the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills on 16 June 2017 in Hartford.One shot back. Jamie Lovemark.No fewer than 44 players ducked under par in the first round, and as the second round unfolded on Friday, the 7,839-yard layout continued to give up birdies freely. “It’s the kind of golf course that if you’re on point and playing well and you’re in the fairways, you really feel like you can be aggressive and attack and make some birdies”. “It’s definitely out there if you can get yourself on the fairways”. After a couple of tap-in birdies to start his round, Johnson missed a short attempt on the fourth hole and never got untracked. “Yesterday (Thursday), I just hit some shots close and made some putts. It was a good round for me”.”I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week”, he said.”You won’t get a better day for scoring”, Johnson said wistfully during the long walk to sign his card. Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12. “So you’ve got to be very patient and stay in the moment”, he said.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).The U.S. Open is wide open going into the weekend.The 32-year-old American star had arrived at Erin Hills brimming with confidence, buoyed by the birth on Monday of his second son, and ready to tear into a course suited to his big-hitting game.”It is always cool to be part of some sort of history in golf”, Fowler said. “You’ve got to make putts”. “Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it”.Casey chopped his way to an 8 on the par-5 14th and shot 38 on the back nine. None has ever won a major, and neither have the next 14 players behind them.Erin Hills was drenched by almost an inch of rain overnight, but many of those out early on Saturday still found scoring to be hard.The biggest jolt of all, however, came watching world number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson, number two Rory McIlroy and number three Jason Day all trudge to the exit after failing to make the halfway cut, which fell at one-over 145.Day and McIlroy never had much of a chance, both out of the picture before Johnson even teed off.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 couldn’t have shot any higher”.McIlroy was never in the short grass from the 11th hole to the end on Thursday when he opened with a career-worst 78, and he didn’t do almost enough in the second round until it was far too late.He had a chat with swing coach Michael Bannon on Thursday night, and Bannon had observed that McIlroy’s transition down from the top was simply too quick.Rory McIlroy is further back on 5-over and will miss the cut after carding a 71 in his second round.