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Fowler back in the thick of it at US Open

18 Junio 2017, 06:29 | Martinez Canez

He had struggled through a nagging rib injury that has limited him to six tournaments this year, but was buoyed by his second round at Erin Hills after complaining about feeling rusty after his substandard opening 18 holes.

Hideki Matsuyama had quite a day at Erin Hills.

The U.S. Open didn't seem to faze him, and he delivered a variety of big shots that led to his sensational finish.

In the final round at Oakmont previous year, his golf ball moved slightly as he positioned himself for a short putt on the fifth hole.

Casey birdied five holes in a row after the rough stretch and was the first player in the clubhouse at 7-under.

BUSY BADGER: No break for Steve Stricker after the U.S. Open. Koepka had the outright lead with four holes left in his round before a bogey on the par-3 sixth hole.

Dustin Johnson probably did not feel so badly by the end of a peculiar day.

The Oklahoma State contingent at the Open had a nice showing over the first two rounds at Erin Hills - and that's not even counting first-round leader Rickie Fowler. If there's soft conditions, maybe we tuck a hole location a little bit more, versus if we get real firm conditions and it gets windy, we're sitting there talking among ourselves saying, 'How do we tone this thing down?' He missed the 15-footer. Not everyone can take advantage.

It was the second consecutive USA event the Briton has withdrawn from having pulled out of last month's Players Championship in the second round.

The 44 subpar rounds broke the first-round mark of 39 at Medinah in 1990. It's hard to make a lot of birdies for me around here.

Fowler's seven birdies were from no more than 12 feet, including three in a row around the turn.

England's Paul Casey is a shot further back on 7-under after carding a 71 to follow up yesterday's 66. Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, playing together, were at 6 under.

The 40-year-old Hoffman is playing in his sixth U.S. Open.

Spieth started to get more aggressive on the back nine, searching for a much-needed spark, but getting forced to take those type of chances at a U.S. Open rarely yields red numbers.

Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of the US Open on Friday.

Fleetwood picked up a victory in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour while Fowler is widely regarded right now as the best golfer never to have won a major.

Still to be determined is what kind of test Erin Hills can present the rest of the week, especially with more rain on the way Friday and Saturday afternoon. No left-hander has won the U.S. Open, the only major championship without a left-handed victor.

He said: "I showed up for the last six holes, anyway".

"I really haven't been hitting the ball well as of late", Matsuyama said.

Harris English is 4 under after a second-round 69.

Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68.

"It was a good save", Fleetwood said.

Rory McIlroy is trying to make a run as he closes out his second round at the U.S Open.

Of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a major, none went on to win.

McIlroy worked with his coach Michael Bannon on making a smoother transition from the top of his backswing and although he was three over par after 12 holes, birdies on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth ended the week on a high.

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