Rickie Fowler equals US Open history with ‘stress-free’ 65

A few hours later, the defending U.S. Open also got the hook. He advanced to Erin Hills after earning one of nine qualifying spots at the Memphis sectional tournament.According to officials, this was the man’s first visit to the U.S. Open. They were three shots clear of anyone else.And it doesn’t stop there.Four years after Justin Rose ended a 43-year wait for an English victor, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood headed into the third round of the US Open at Erin Hills in a four-way tie for the lead. The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990.Attribute that to the Wisconsin weather.The U.S. Open is bringing money, visitors and attention to the area, with the economic impact on the region estimated at around $120 million.It was the ideal recipe for low scoring, provided the ball was kept in the short grass.After hitting just five fairways and nine greens on Thursday, McIlroy’s ball-striking improved in the second round, as he hit 11 fairways and 12 greens.Paul Dunne is one shot ahead of McIlroy on 4-over but he is only seven holes into his second round, bogeying two and picking up a sole birdie.A rattled Casey added another bogey at the 15th to extend his miserable run before hitting back with birdies at 17 and 18.”It’s just golf. It’s frustrating”. “I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme.I know if I go out and play the golf I’m capable of, good things should happen”.Brooks Koepka charged to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, but Rickie Fowler was able to respond as the duo pulled clear of the field in the latter half of Friday’s second round at Erin Hills.It was super soft at Congressional in 2011 when McIlroy set the 54-hole record (199) and 72-hole record (268) in an eight-shot victory. “But I think definitely getting a lot speedier, a lot faster”. “So it was a simple day when you look back on it and how we kind of pieced our way around the golf course”.However, he was still well outside the top 100 at five over, with only the top 60 and ties making the weekend.”You don’t often see that in a U.S. Open”, Hadwin said.It sounds as if Erin Hills is becoming more challenging with each passing minute.”I still feel like I’ve got a lot of good golf in me, and that’s what I’m trying to do this week”, Stricker said.”You don’t get many rounds at the US Open that are stress-free”, admitted Fowler afterwards. We don’t even talk about it.Then, strong rainstorms delayed practice rounds and drenched the expansive course, making it softer and easier to play, an unhappy development for the USGA, which prefers more hard scoring.”So a little bit of timing, and a bit of rust as well”.McIlroy said he would be hitting the practice ground this weekend. The ultimate test. And three rounds remain to judge that.