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'One of those days' as McIlroy finds trouble in Erin Hills rough

17 June 2017

He was scheduled to start the second round at 2:36 p.m.

With its great length, tall fescue rough and vulnerability to wind, Erin Hills figured to give the United States Golf Association exactly what it wanted this weekend - the ultimate test of golf.

Phil Mickelson had to withdraw from the event after realizing he wouldn't arrive on time. Jamie Lovemark and J.B. He had just taken off on his second flight of the day in a hybrid of a typical blimp and a balloon envelope when he decided it was too windy and planned to return to a private airstrip.

"I feel like I'm better throughout my whole game", he said. As full as the leaderboard was, however, most of the usual suspects at golf's majors were missing. The Canadian was 100 feet away for birdie on No. 6 and burned the edge of the cup on that one, except that it ran by some seven feet and he three-putted for bogey.

English says "They want par to be a good score, and this afternoon it will be".

Some of the world's top-ranked players and pre-tournament favorites look poised to miss the cut. Holmes join Fowler a shot back and five other players are within two shots of the lead.

This was almost a carbon copy of McIlroy's showing at last year's tournament. His total of 154 equaled his worse two-round total at a major, matching his first two rounds at The Open in 2013. This one he'd rather forget. His drive appeared to sail into the rough. "So it's just nice to see it come along at the right time".

The 23-year-old from San Diego had been having an excellent debut at the Open.

When the carnage was over, only four of the top 12 players in the world rankings - Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler - were still in the tournament.

But the Englishman now has a share of the lead at the U.S. Open.

The par-five 18th was the next victim, with Fowler easily making the green in two before two putting from 47 feet to move to four under. He tapped in for par.

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"It's still golf, you've got to make some putts", said J.B. Holmes, who is one shot off the lead.

It's a nice comeback for Casey after he triple bogeyed the par-5 14th and shot 38 on the back nine. At the U.S. Open, on the biggest stage, the world saw the complete player.

OK, this is his first U.S. Open.

"Guess what?" he said to his 4-year-old son.

The Englishman eventually signed for one-under 71 and walked into the clubhouse level with overnight leader Rickie Fowler, who had yet to start his round.

But while Casey was relieved after his gutsy fightback, it was back to the drawing board for McIlroy and Day after their disappointing exits.

Casey chopped his way to an 8 on the par-5 14th and shot 38 on the back nine. After teeing off on the 10th hole in one of the day's final groups, he bogeyed two of his first four holes.

Here comes Si Woo Kim.

Big hitters Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day were expected to thrive on the wide open fairways of Erin Hills, hosting Wisconsin's first US Open.

Bill Haas also is off to a nice start, with three birdies and no bogeys through his first eight holes.

Former US Open champion Ernie Els chose the 20th anniversary of his last victory in the tournament to remind fans that he is not quite ready to be put out to grass.