Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

McIlroy misses cut after 'shooting himself in foot'


Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge.

Zach Johnson was also four under for the day through 16 holes, lifting him to three under overall, while Jack Maguire proved that fortunes can change in a hurry when he drained an eagle putt from off the green on the par-five first.

Two rounds down and two to go at the US Open at Erin Hills and we are still no closer to discovering the identity of the 2017 US Open champion. It's still Saturday, 36 holes is a very long time in a US Open.

"Not your typical U.S. Open setup, but I'm a big fan", McIlroy said.

Casey and other early starters were greeted by more challenging conditions than those they faced in the opening round as winds picked up around the links-style layout making the longest course in U.S. Open history play even longer.

McIlroy followed an opening-round 78 with a 71 and is now a combined 43 over par in 18 U.S. Open rounds since winning the tournament at Congressional in 2011. It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard.

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Fowler started brightly and moved from his starting seven under to nine under at one stage of his second round, while fellow Ryder Cup star Koepka also managed to get to nine under par.

"I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days", Day said. "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

"I've got a busy summer, so I'm excited to play a lot of golf".

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day never recovered from theirs. After another week, it's the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship. When it was clear he had nothing going in the second round, he was simply trying to stay out of the way.

"I didn't think it was the putter, it was the guy on the end of it", he said.

QUOTEWORTHY: "I'm not here on the weekend, so it's unfortunate". That still didn't appear to be almost enough.

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The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.

For the first time in a major, the top three players in the world all failed to make the cut. Cameron Champ, who just finished his junior year at Texas A&M, birdied his last hole for a 69.

Defending champion Johnson will aim to bounce back from a lacklustre 3-over-par 75 when he tees off alongside Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer in the afternoon session. The Englishman eventually signed for 1-under 71 and walked into the clubhouse level with overnight leader Rickie Fowler, who had yet to start his round.

Paul Casey has a share of the lead heading into the third round.

Casey did not lose faith in his game plan and that paid off for the world No.14. But he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie chances in that stretch, and one of the birdies he made was a two-putt from 20 feet on the par-5 seventh.

"You can not play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee and I wasn't in position", McIlroy said. So, you know, even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard. It's a good eight in the end. 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.

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