“It was a really good round of golf and you don’t realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day“. I couldn’t possibly shoot any higher than I did.
World number three Day, needing a miracle to get back into contention after his opening 79 carded a three-over-par 75, leaving him 10 over and way outside the projected cutline. He had a chance to match Jonny Miller’s U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par, but he settled for par on the 676-yard 18th. Hadwin tied a U.S. Open record when he made six straight birdies, from the 18th hole through the fifth hole.
That group does not include defending champion Dustin Johnson, who fell away in the second half of his round, while Rory McIlroy and John Rahm will both have a watching brief during the concluding rounds in Wisconsin. It’s the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986 that the world’s top three players missed the cut in a major. I’ve never a led US Open, so it will be a very cool experience.
“As we all know, this game’s all about putting”, he said. “I think the more rounds I can play, I’m hopefully going to get rid of all that stuff and hopefully strip it down to what you saw the last six holes”.
“It’s just golf. It’s frustrating”.
“I feel really good about just about everything else”, Spieth said.
Despite having a huge power advantage over most of the field, and displaying excellent form with his irons, Koepka was unable to capitalise on a few good birdie chances.
Rickie Fowler failed to capitalize on the great conditions, shooting a 73 that kept him on the first page of the leaderboard but left him in a three-way tie for second place with Jamie Lovemark and JB Holmes. I sort of have to let it come to me little bit.
The 32-year-old American star had arrived at Erin Hills brimming with confidence, buoyed by the birth on Monday of his second son, and ready to tear into a course suited to his big-hitting game. He won’t play again until the British Open.
After Matsuyama and Reavie, the next best round of the day was Bill Haas’ 68.
“The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive”. “I felt like I’ve been playing pretty well all week, and didn’t have quite the numbers to show for it”.
McIlroy put most of his difficulties down to his lack of competitive golf. 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. For the first time in his career, he had a round with two triples on the card, that coming on Thursday. McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open. When the wind picked up Sunday, Ernie Els thought of another major championship.
That’s eight of the next 10 weeks after just seven starts in 2017.
But while Casey was relieved after his gutsy fightback, two of the world s top three players – McIlroy and Day – were left contemplating a missed cut. “I’d love to have another one of those”, Thomas said.
“I didn’t think it was the putter, it was the guy on the end of it”, he said.
McIlroy followed an opening-round 78 with a 71.
Now consider that the largest 36-hole comeback in U.S. Open history was 11 shots by Lou Graham in 1975.