US Open: Stricker qualifies for final two rounds

Day, however, came to the U.S. Open off of a second and a tie for 15th in his last two starts.The cut has been made at +1 ahead of the final two days of action at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. “There are a lot of really good players out here that haven’t won a major”.However, of the leading 18 not one has tasted success in a Major and, in fact, you have to look down to those sharing 19 place before singling out a Major Champion and they are reigning Masters victor Sergio Garcia (71) and double Major winning Martin Kaymer (69) at three under.Rory McIlroy is in danger of missing the cut at the US Open after he slumped to a six-over 78 at Erins Hills.Overnight leader Rickie Fowler looked set to retain his place at the top of the leaderboard but broke his 28-hole streak without dropping a shot with three bogeys in as many holes to derail his campaign.If there’s a silver lining for McIlroy, it’s that several other highly-ranked talents-including playing partner and world No. 3 Jason Day (+10)-failed to crack the Erin Hills code over the tournament’s first 36 holes.”As good as I got”, he told Spieth, smiling as he walked with him down the fairway. I’m going to play.He became the third defending US Open champion to miss the cut in the last six years, and has now missed the weekend in the last three majors. With about two hours left in the second round, the cut was looking to be 1-over par, which would tie a US Open record. “And I just unfortunately didn’t execute”. I’m not saying that this is the week or isn’t the week.”We had the best of conditions”, Fleetwood said.The tournament-leading foursome held a one-shot lead over a trio of contenders that includes first-round leader Rickie Fowler.The player who turned the US Open into a soap opera of sorts the previous two years won’t be around for the weekend this time. The world number 14 found himself in trouble when he flew his approach out of rough over the green into the deep fescue at the par-five 14th, and needed five more strokes to get in the cup.”It’s been the best preparation going into a major”, Day said.Fellow Australian Adam Scott started the day in a respectable position of even-par, but the world No.12 sealed his exit with a disappointing 75.But the top-ranked players, with the exception of Garcia, who shot 2 under 70, faltered during the opening round. Reavie birdied five of his first seven holes, and eight in all Friday, to surge back into contention.McIlroy, playing for the first time in a month to rest a nagging rib injury, finally got it going when it was too late. But he also struggled around the greens, failing to get up and down once in six opportunities.Fowler tees off his second round in the afternoon.