Super save (for bogey) keeps Fleetwood smiling at US Open

World number one Dustin Johnson led an unprecedented exodus of big guns at the 117th US Open on Friday as four players grabbed a share of the lead at the halfway stage.

Casey recovered from a triple-bogey on his fifth hole of the day to add a 71 to his opening 66 and set a clubhouse target of seven under par, which was later matched by Fleetwood and American duo Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman.

Tommy Fleetwood had no problem picking out his best shot of the day.

He became the third defending U.S. Open champion to miss the cut in the last six years, and has now missed the weekend in the last three majors. He hammered a chip from just short of the par-5 14th that led to another three-putt bogey.

Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. "I had to hit it all".

"I'm hungry, but I'm not going to force it".

"I hit every shot straight down the fairway, straight down the flag and from there I was kind of chasing it". Up until going to Bethpage in 2002, the Open had been played at only two different open-to-the-public courses during the first 101 years of its existence. I'm just excited to get on a run of golf now and get going. "But that's the way it is".

For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos. Although the person who had the hardest day on the Golf Course was Jason Day.

Matsuyama, who had struggled in the opening round with a two-over-par 74, produced an electrifying second round seven-under-par 65 to thrust himself firmly into contention. "Probably not a huge amount to be honest".

"Rickie was up there (and) us three played pretty solid", Niebrugge said.

"I don't really care". Maybe just play better when I get here. The field is hitting this green in regulation only 52.4 percent of the time, compared to 64.9 percent for all holes on the course. "But as we all know, this game's all about putting".

"That means I'm a part of history", he said. But he missed his first cut at a major since the 2012 PGA Championship.

"I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days", Day said. "I was a little anxious starting out yesterday and it caught up to me". As I've gotten older, I've gotten a little farther, but a lot more straighter.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history. "I enjoyed the walk, the golf course is attractive but I just didn't execute".

Some of the loudest cheers at the U.S. Open were reserved for a guy who never really challenged the leaders.

Chambers Bay is in that final group, along with Erin Hills in Wisconsin, Torrey Pines near San Diego and Los Angeles Country Club, which will make its U.S. Open debut in 2023. "But can't complain the way I finished it off", Stricker said.

"Generally, I like the way my game is moving and trending".

But it was his tie for fourth in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 that enabled him to get a PGA Tour card.

"It was close and my dad called me and said 'do you want to go?' And I said 'heck yeah!'" Perschke said.

"I saw some positives there on the back nine coming in and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers (Championship) next week".

He shot a 69 to finish at 1 over for the tournament. I am looking forward to the summer. He ended up winning by three. I think I am playing well. But I'm in the British [Open].

"The Scottish has been good to me in the past as well".

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