Fowler and Koepka slug it out at US Open


"This is the first time I've been in kind of the spotlight".

Deepdale's Hagestad misses cut.

He three-putted on No. 13.

Casey laid up in the rough, took two chops to get out of more rough behind the 14th green, and staggered away with a triple-bogey 8 that might have ruined his day at Erin Hills.

The 23-year-old put himself in a hard position Thursday by shooting a one-over 73 due largely to uncharacteristic struggles on the green.

"I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did", Johnson said.

That's what happened as Stricker made it exactly on the cut line.

By the end of the day, that wasn't even the most shocking number.

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.

"Usually when you shoot even in a U.S. Open and you're one off the lead, you're not six down afterward", J.B. Holmes said.

On Saturday, the two-time major victor played like he should have been. "We get to go home today because Daddy played poorly".

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Only eight shots separate the leaders from the players who made the cut on the number. He picked up one shot on his first nine, after an opening-round 79, but a double bogey on the fifth and a second-round 75 sunk him to finish 10-over for the tournament.

At five over par, McIlroy was four shots outside the projected cut mark, while Scotland's Richie Ramsay was one shot outside after shooting a second consecutive 73.

He never would have guessed it.

"I think this is the best I've ever felt at a US Open; definitely the most comfortable I've felt on a US Open course". "And just unfortunately this didn't pan out". It was only his seventh PGA Tour event this year because of a rib injury that has kept him out of action since the Players Championship and caused him to miss the BMW Championship and the Memorial. The golf course is actually really attractive. If only he had hit the fairways. McIlroy came to life when it was far too late.

That meant Spieth could ill afford to make mistakes over the final three holes, and he did well enough to par all of them and make the cut.

Yet Johnson was forced to bide his time for the next six holes, unable to convert the few birdie chances that came his way.

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011, but was a combined 50 over par for his seven other appearances before this week and missed the cut at Oakmont a year ago following rounds of 77 and 71. That still didn't appear to be almost enough. He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship.

"Just excited to get on a run of golf and get going".

His schedule will pick up immediately. "I'm glad I went through it and I'm glad I'm here".

At Erin Hills, all Johnson could do was go down swinging on a Friday. Here if you can hit it long and straight, it's a great advantage. But he wasn't doing much of anything right, especially off the tee.

"The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive", he said.