Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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


Former champion Rory McIlroy found form too late to avoid a second consecutive missed cut in the US Open, but was able to take some positives from his display at Erin Hills.

But they also know that Erin Hills could strike back if the wind kicks up and the course dries out a little or if the U.S. Golf Association toughens up the setup a little, although it would be hard to lengthen the course from the 7,845 yards it played on Thursday.

Dustin Johnson is on the course at Erin Hills to start the defense of his U.S. Open title.

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.

Mickelson, who has six U.S. Open runner-up finishes, had appeared in 23 straight U.S. Opens dating back to 1994.

Sitting two shots back with the clubhouse lead is Paul Casey who survived a rollercoaster round that included a gut-wrenching triple-bogey and a thrilling run of five straight birdies. He still went out in even-par 36 and was one shot behind Rickie Fowler, who plays in the afternoon. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for a 70. 12 and 13 to fall two shots behind Brooks Koepka.

"I'm a Rickie Fowler fan and the round of golf he composed this morning was handsome", said Casey, who opened his round with an eagle and a birdie.

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Fowler tees off his second round in the afternoon.

More players finished under par in the first round here (44) than at any other U.S. Open ever. The problem however was that it only lasted two holes.

The top three players in the world have never missed the cut in the same major dating to when the world ranking began in 1986.

"Fantastic event! Any problems they have they address them quickly".

"Tomorrow will be a very cool experience", Fleetwood said.

Early on, Erin Hills is giving Jon Rahm fits. Out of an abundance of caution, we will offer all guests complimentary bottled water at all four hydration stations throughout the duration of the championship. There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick. I pulled him as far away as I could and as fast as I could. You've still got to make a score. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.

And I've been very light on competitive rounds this year. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did. And I just unfortunately didn't execute".

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Jack Nicklaus once famously said that you can't win the U.S. Open on Thursday, but you sure can lose it. Shockingly, Jason Day seems to have done just that, opening his 2017 campaign with a seven-over round of 79, falling into a miserable tie for 151 place in a field of 156.

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011, but was a combined 50 over par for his seven other appearances before this week and missed the cut at Oakmont past year following rounds of 77 and 71.

Joining them with a weekend off - British Open champion Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills.

He then hacked out his fifth out sideways and now some 52-feet from the hole from where he chipped and two putted. Then Hideki Matsuyama ran out in 30 on the front nine Friday, and added a birdie on the back for a 65 of his own.

"Good putting can only hold you in for so long", he said. "But when you're visually looking down the fairway, I think when you're trying to aim at a target at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure into hitting the fairway because it is a lot narrower than we have out here". "It was a bit of a roller coaster". I got off to a good start, but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on.

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