The top 3 miss US Open cut

Ebony Scott
June 17, 2017

The U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., headed into the weekend with a four-way tie for the lead.

RIDE 'EM COWBOYS: Jordan Niebrugge wore an orange shirt for the second round at the U.S. Open, switching to a color he usually dons on Sundays. It might sting a little more for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who played in the same group and said after their round that they were consoling each other along the way. But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I'm not sure.

"I just tried to smooth out the transition today", McIlroy said, "and it definitely worked". "The same plan, and get on the fairway, and be aggressive as you can, and take your par". "I got off to a great start yesterday - I birdied the first hole".

"Gave myself a lot more looks", McIlroy said. "I actually made a good bogey on 17".

"I didn't think it was the putter, it was the guy on the end of it", said McIlroy, who had 62 putts over two rounds.

But three costly bogeys on the back nine left Johnson needing to pick up strokes down the stretch which proved beyond him. "You're going to make some bogeys in there, so it's really hard to get away from anybody".

Westwood had bogeyed the third and fifth before a superb tee shot on the 239-yard sixth - which played as the most hard hole on Thursday - set up a birdie from 18 feet. He's Canada's best golfer, and he has the weekend at the U.S. Open to reach yet another goal in his surging career.

He also said he might have been rattled by starting out Thursday afternoon knowing that Rickie Fowler had already posted a 65. "Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it". He hit 12 of the 14 fairways in the second round, and one of the misses came on No. 15, when he was in desperation mode and tried to drive the green on the 357-yard hole.

McIlroy, playing for the first time in a month to rest a nagging rib injury, finally got it going when it was too late.

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However, that didn't cut it on a day when McIlroy needed to make birdies galore in order to make his way inside the cut line. After Thursday's round, McIlroy and his coach Michael Bannon discussed his swing issues. "You don't often see that in a U.S.

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In fact, you have to go down to 19 place to find a victor of a major, Sergio Garcia at three-under.

Erin Hills was drenched by almost an inch of rain overnight, but many of those out early on Saturday still found scoring to be hard.

"It always does that", he said. "I've never played in [one of the final pairings of] a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience".

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be flawless for their games - spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.

Johnson shot 1-over 73 on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) to finish at 4 over, three shots off the cut line. A chip went sailing past the pin, leaving a long putt to save par which was duly missed. The Japanese star matched Chez Reavie for the best round of the day, three shots clear of the next best performance by Bill Haas. But I couldn't have shot any higher. I've been very light on competitive rounds this year and it's just a matter of getting into a good round of golf now.

Stricker, who sits at 1-over par after shooting 73-72, said the challenge of playing in his home state is to not try too hard.

Thomas, decked out in fluorescent pink trousers, was on the move quickly with a birdie-birdie start and had an even hotter finish to his front nine, carding birdies on four-of-five closing holes, including the last three to move to seven-under.

Justin Rose, Davis Love IV, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell will not be in contention for the 117th US Open title.

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