US Open Day One

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

Four years after Justin Rose ended a 43-year wait for an English victor, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood headed into the third round of the US Open at Erin Hills in a four-way tie for the lead.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I m a pretty happy man", Casey said. That's more than Johnson can say this week.

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

McIlroy posted a 1-under-par 71 Friday, which left him at 5 over for the championship.

Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren and Jon Rahm made up the rest of the World's top 10 to miss the cut.

He loves it, though it proved unrequited love. until his final six holes.

It marked the first time since the world rankings were created in 1986 that the top three ranked players in the world missed the cut at a US Open.

"I had been swinging it well and it felt really, really good a couple holes later to be picking the ball out of the hole for a birdie". It didn't matter at that point because I was so far from the cut line, but at least I know it's in there, it's just a matter of getting it out of me and getting myself in the right frame of mind.

"I'm playing the weekend". He still went out in even-par 36 and was one shot behind Rickie Fowler, who plays in the afternoon. I've got four weeks off now and I'm looking forward to it very much.

"I started to let it go a little bit on the back nine and showed what I can do". He'll return at next month's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Major champions Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner also missed.

England's Danny Willett, after a nine-over-par round of 81 yesterday, withdrew from the tournament early with a back complaint. Unlikely as it seems, that was the last major he played on the weekend.

"It was a pleasure to work on it and we're very proud of that golf course [Diamond Hawk]" Hurdzan said while watching the best golfers in the world try and figure out his design carved into the Wisconsin countryside.

Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf.

McIlroy put most of his difficulties down to his lack of competitive golf.

After missing long spells this year healing up a rib injury, he arrived at the U.S. Open without having played competitively in five weeks, since The Players. "I'm excited to get on a run of golf and get going".

McIlroy has a hectic schedule again.

"I've got a nice run leading up to the Open Championship". "He made birdie and I remember that if he missed that we were tied, and he started (seven shots) ahead of me". "I enjoyed the walk, the golf course is attractive, but I just didn't execute".

Shane Lowry looks like he will just make that cut after his two-over round of 74 on day two. He now is a combined 43 over par in 18 U.S. Open rounds since winning the tournament at Congressional in 2011.

Day never had a chance, following his career-worst 79 in a U.S. Open with a 75. And it's especially hard to win a first major when you're the rabbit, setting the pace for the opening three days.

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