Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

  • Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

Staying that deep into the red might not prove as easy.

After bogeying three straight holes on his back nine, his first dropped shots of the tournament, Fowler limped into the clubhouse with a 73 to fall to six under for the tournament.

Rio 2016 Olympic champion Justin Rose, the 2013 US Open victor, is another to exit the competition prematurely after he finished on two-over for the tournament.

The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead. "I was upset with the score I had made, but it did not have any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot".

This isn't like most Opens. "It's still Saturday. Thirty-six holes is a very long time in a US Open and anything can happen". It led to an eagle to close out his 63.

Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood all backed up opening 67's on Thursday with 70's on Friday to put themselves in position to compete for their first major.

That will help this weekend when conditions are expected to toughen.

"I really like this golf course", Johnson insisted. And he wasn't through. And if that's not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round. He shot 81 the next day in a blustery wind.

Nobody in the top 16 on the leaderboard has won a major.

As dominant as Woods was, he never reached 10-under par until the final round. It was the first 36-hole lead at a major for Koepka, 27, who turned pro in 2012. No one had a chance. And then he made birdie on the next hole.

The world number two, who earlier in the week suggested players unable to find the fairways should "pack their bags", is now contemplating an early exit following a second-round 71.

Matsuyama vaulted into contention at the U.S. Open with a 7-under 65 on Friday, moving to 5 under and a tie for eighth - just two shots back of the four-way tie atop the crowded leaderboard.

Two first-round triple bogeys did him in. I just struggled on the greens.

Day admitted the course lay-out had played on his mind in both his rounds.

He recovered to drain a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-three 13th, but thereafter was unable to build any momentum over the remainder of the opening nine holes.

Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills. "It's a good 8 in the end". He didn't win, either, closing with a 76 to finish at 2-under 278, two behind Lucas Glover.

The greens remained receptive on Friday, but began to firm up later in the day.

On Thursday, Rickie Fowler charged out in front with a bogey-free 65 that doubled as one of the most impressive first rounds in tournament history.

Casey made a snowman - a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 14th - and still broke par with a 71. Brandt Snedeker, who is two shots off the lead, said it was unfortunate that so many big names are gone but also understandable. "I have a tee time on Saturday (and) so you just kind of learn along the way to never really give up".

But then, starting at 17, he reeled off five straight birdies. He shot 72 in the third round for an 8-under 202. "I started to let it go a little bit on the back nine and I showed what I can do".