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US Open : Four-way tie at championship as big guns crash out

17 Junio 2017, 04:15 | Martinez Canez

Three players - Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka - were in the clubhouse on five under, two back from Fowler.

And even though it is the longest course to ever host a U.S. Open, Erin Hills has two short par-4 holes - Nos.

"I showed up for the last six holes at least", joked McIlroy, who was three over par after 12 holes before carding birdies on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth.

A day after Rickie Fowler's seven-under opening round, that same score is still leading, but it's shared by four players, not including Fowler, who shot a one-over 73 to sit one back.

A few hours later, the defending U.S. Open also got the hook.

The rounds of the day were turned in by Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie, who equaled Fowler's 65 on Thursday.

If Rory McIlroy was a racehorse, there would have been no logic at all in ranking him among the favourites for an event of equivalent significance to the US Open.

With the picturesque par-72 course set up at a monstrous 7,845 yards, Erin Hills had been expected to live up to the US Open's billing of being the toughest test in golf.

Among those getting the weekend off were Justin Rose (+2), Adam Scott (+3), Bubba Watson (+4), No. 1 Dustin Johnson (+4), No. 2 Rory McIlroy (+5), Jon Rahm (+5) and No. 3 Jason Day (+10).

Although Day said he felt his game was ready for the year's second major, Erin Hills presented a unique challenge. "The pins were a little bit trickier, I think".

Matsuyama vaulted into contention at the U.S. Open with a 7-under 65 on Friday, moving to 5 under and a tie for eighth - just two shots back of the four-way tie atop the crowded leaderboard. He missed a six-foot putt on his last hole, which would have given him sole possession of the lead. Pretty much everyone around him insists the arrows have long pointed toward Xander making it big in pro golf. "I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of hiccup".

McIlroy will join Day at the US PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in CT next week."I saw some positives and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers", McIlroy, who has been sidelined a total of 10 weeks with a rib injury in 2017, said. He only shot 75, with one birdie.

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

With the top 60 and ties qualifying for the final rounds, the cut appeared set to fall at one or two over par. Jason Day looked like a weekender, as pitch shots rolled back to his feet, bunker shots scurried off the green into chipping swales and tee shots ballooned into the fescue.

Asked if he would have been able to recover from such a mistake earlier in his career, Casey added: "In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, so probably not!" He missed the cut at the Masters this year and his best finish in three previous U.S. Opens was a tie for 14th at Chambers Bay in 2015. He still had his worst score in a U.S. Open. Johnson's round included a double-bogey and two bogeys. But I think at the end of the day it's competitive rounds with a card in my hand that I need and I've been very light on them this year.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card", Casey said.

"I said, 'Oh, this ball doesn't move, '" Stefan said. He 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 7 feet and he three-putted for bogey.

"The more sunny days we have like this, it's going to get firmer and faster as the week goes on", Reed said. Casting aside his own advice, he made a decision to stay for another day at the U.S. Open.

"It all started so well", McIlroy said.

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