Ultimately, nobody was expecting Fowler to repeat the heroics of Thursday.
Holywood's McIlroy finished four under for the final six holes, which helped the four-time major victor post a one-under-par 71 in Wisconsin, but the damage was done in the first round as McIlroy hit six over to effectively end his chances at the second major of the year. "I thought it was about 30, 40 percent progress compared to exactly where I want to be, which is a hundred percent on".
"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", said Day, who arrived last Friday. "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend". After hitting 13 of 14 fairways Thursday, some admittedly "loose" swings Friday resulted in him hitting only seven fairways and missing eight greens in regulation. "I've never done this before".
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"I had breakfast but it is a long walk out there and I just wanted to make sure I had enough food in the bag but I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, just love them".
"When I got here Friday, put a lot of work in - not a lot, but I tried to pace myself. And I was proud I hung in there".
No matter. He shot 38 on his first nine but rallied for 33 on his second nine.
"With some incredible golf the next couple of days, you can make up a significant amount a strokes", he said.
It will be a different kind of moment, without the world's top three, and with the leading 12 having a combined zero major titles. And then he came up short of the 17th green and dropped one more shot that sent him home early to spend time with his newborn son. "It's a special weekend".
In retrospect, perhaps the missed cuts are not a total surprise - at least from McIlroy's standpoint.
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No. 3 Day, meanwhile, was riding a streak of 17 consecutive made cuts in majors, with one win and - again - 10 top-10 finishes. Justin Rose , Adam Scott , Henrick Stenson, Bubba Watson and rising star Jon Rahm were also left out of the weekend.
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Open. "I really haven't been hitting the ball well as of late", Matsuyama said. "That just wasn't the case today". Just really bad tee shots which led to obviously not being able to give myself many looks for birdies.
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