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Zach Johnson making an early move at Erin Hills

“I was a little mad at myself because I could feel I was hungry on 14 (where he parred the par-five) and 15″. The next one went long, he chipped up to 12 feet and took two putts from there.This assortment at the top was made possible when the wheels came off Fowler’s game after his lights-out, record-setting 65 at Erin Hills golf course on Thursday.Fowler said he knew low scores would be attainable but was impressed by the U.S. Open record-setting round of nine-under carded by Justin Thomas, his friend and room mate this week.The Globe’s most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning.Johnson shot 1-over 73 on Friday to finish at 4 over, three shots off the cut line.Casey is not the only Englishman atop the leaderboard as he is joined by Tommy Fleetwood, who had an excellent round of 70, and is a group of four all at the top of the leaderboard going into round 3. “Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster”. And at this U.S. Open, he showed how a quick recovery is never too far away.Casey recovered from a triple-bogey on his fifth hole of the day to add a 71 to his opening 66 at Erin Hills and set the clubhouse target on seven under. When it was clear he had nothing going in the second round, he was simply trying to stay out of the way.Rory McIlroy will miss the cut, but at least one of his U.S. Open records is safe – 35 consecutive holes without a bogey to start a U.S. Open.McIlroy, however, who had come into the tournament from an injury layoff after a niggling rib problem, said he was encouraged by his performance.At one time seven players were tied for the lead at seven-under and then again at eight-under with nobody able to gain separation until Thomas ripped a mighty three-wood second shot and then drained his eight-foot eagle putt at 18 sparking thundering roars from the massive gallery. That still didn’t appear to be almost enough.Not to be overlooked was Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship last month. Cameron Champ, who just finished his junior year at Texas A&M, birdied his last hole for a 69.But world No.3 Day and No.12 Scott weren’t the only big names to struggle, with world No.1 Dustin Johnson (four-over) and No.2 Rory McIlroy (five-over) also set to miss out.Willett shot a 9-over 81 in the first round and then withdrew before his tee time in the second round.Similar scoring had initially appeared a possibility at Erin Hills, which became the longest course in major championship history at 7,845 yards in the first round and featured such thick fescue grass that patches had to be chopped down on four holes on Tuesday.QUOTEWORTHY: “I’m not here on the weekend, so it’s unfortunate”.”This week I’ve been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, all right, let’s go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt”.