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Top Three Miss Cut At US Open As Four Others Share Lead

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Casey and Fleetwood in share of lead at halfway stage in US Open

Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12.

There is something about new U.S. Open venues that brings out the best in Jamie Lovemark. Jonny Miller hit the first on the par-71 Oakmont in 1973, while Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf's efforts came on the par-70 Baltusrol in 1980. His score of 63 is also the equal-lowest score in any major championship.

A rattled Casey added another bogey at the 15th to extend his miserable run before hitting the turbo-charger and firing off five consecutive birdies.

Fleetwood's second shot on the par-five 18th finished just 47 yards from the pin.

Brooks Koepka made three birdies over his last seven holes for a 68 and joined Thomas one shot out of the lead. Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood are at 8 under.

The42 is on Instagram! "There's no secret that I'm very fiery and a competitor and I've let my emotions get the best of me for sure so I'm understanding that if I can control those I certainly have a better chance of playing well". With about two hours left in the second round, the cut was looking to be 1-over par, which would tie a US Open record.

McIlroy birdied four of his last six holes at Erin Hills to improve seven shots on his opening 78, but still missed the cut by four shots.

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", he said.

Winning the U.S. Open is something he has thought about many times, the 26-year-old from Southport said.

One thing you can count on for certain on Sunday is that the streak of six majors being won by a first-time victor will grow to seven.

Right behind was a trio of players that included Rickie Fowler, who went 28 holes before making his first bogey and then went three holes without making a par.

The last six majors have crowned first-time champions and that trend looks poised to continue at Erin Hills where you have to look way down the leaderboard to 19th before finding a major victor in U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain.

"Keep moving up the leaderboard and see how good you can get, I guess", said Stricker, who is eight shots behind the leaders. 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.

With two rounds to play there is some 23 players within four shots of the lead. "When I get it going, I don't fear it like I used to of stalling". I don't think I could play any different or score any better than I have done, and you can't do anything about what anybody else is doing. With not a single major champion inside the top 16 through three laps, the biggest question going into Sunday Funday is how far back is too far back?

So yeah, outside of Fowler, we're left with a lack of star power, and the top of the leaderboard is completely devoid of anyone who's actually won a major.

"I knew I could shoot a few under par and make the cut", he said.

Stricker couldn't help but break into a wide smile when he made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to get to 4 under for the day.

The last six majors have been taken by first-time winners.

"Yeah, first cut made, too (at the U.S. Open)", Harman said.

"Tomorrow will be fun and special, just going around here and being a part of this first U.S. Open here in Wisconsin", Stricker said. "So we're breaking down all kinds of barriers".

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