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The mighty recovery of Paul Casey puts him in US Open mix

The mighty recovery of Paul Casey puts him in US Open mix

In fact, the players exiting were the most noteworthy.

A fellow named Xander Schauffele who ranks 352nd in the world and a Texas A&M bomber who goes by the catchy Cameron Champ are a combined 10-under par heading into the weekend. The top 60 and ties qualify for the final 36 holes.

Jamie Lovemark, Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes, meanwhile, are a shot further back from the leaders.

"We had a lot of fun out there", said Niebrugge, from Mequon, Wisconsin. Dustin Johnson entered as the defending champion.

"We're in a good spot", said Fowler, 28, who is part of a different sort of leaderboard at this week's U.S. Open: Of the top 18 players on the board, not a single one, including Fowler, has ever won a major. With wind a nonfactor, a red-number logjam emerged on the first page of the leaderboard with two rounds to play in the second major of the season. "And he was like, 'Oh, fine, I'm good.' He's like, 'Are you all right?' I said, 'Yeah'".

"I think that's a testament to how good the golf course is and how well it's set up", Harman said. We were anxious about putting driver into that bunker. "Yesterday (Thursday), I just hit some shots close and made some putts".

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", said Day, who arrived last Friday. "If you hit the fairways, the scores are there".

Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie both shot the rounds of the day, posting seven-under 65s to move to five and four under respectively.

But instead of immediately seeking food and rest, Johnson went to the putting green for a while before leaving Erin Hills Golf Course for the night.

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The Northern Irishman managed five birdies but also bogeyed four holes on Day 2 which was a vast improvement on his first round 78.

"I have no expectations", he said.

Lurking at five under was a pack including young South Korean Kim Si-woo, who recovered from an early bogey by stringing together three straight birdies through the turn on the way to a two-under 70. "There were a couple of dicey pin placements out there that you had to be careful about, but it was still scoreable".

There is no telling what the weekend will bring - starting with the weather, which includes a possibility of thunderstorms that could delay play and make the greens soft again.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major. "I've never done this before". This is his third try at the U.S. Open and the first time he has made the cut. "But I'm a pretty happy man".

"I mean it doesn't really get me too worked up, whatever happens, bogey, double, birdie, eagle, I'm pretty chill anyway", Koepka said. "And I was proud I hung in there".

Casey birdied five holes in a row after the rough stretch and was the first player in the clubhouse at seven-under. But you never really know until you put a card in your hand and you're under the gun a little bit.

The top three golfers in the world, and six of the top 10, didn't make it. You know, I've got four weeks off now.

Stricker next week will host his PGA Champions Tour event in Madison, the American Family Insurance Championship. "It's a special weekend". He shot 75 and missed the cut.


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