Long-driving Champ takes advantage of Erin Hills' generosity

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler went 28 holes in a row without a bogey and then had three in a row, and this has really made the tournament very interesting. If only he had hit the fairways.

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.

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day never recovered from theirs.

However the 39-year-old world No. 14 unfurled a sequence of five straight birdies to haul himself back up the leaderboard, carding a one-under-par 71 to finish the day at seven under. With about two hours left in the second round, the cut was looking to be 1-over par, which would tie a U.S. Open record.

"It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard", said Casey.

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While Augusta National is surrounded with attractive foliage from the original 365-acre Fruitland Nurseries property and adorned with white sand bunkers, that's far from the case at Erin Hills. He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup.

With a crowded leaderboard and a lot of golf yet to be played, the U.S. Open won't miss McIlroy, Day and Johnson.

Day had never missed a cut at the US Open in six previous starts and suffered his first weekend away from the majors since the 2012 US PGA Championship.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card, but I'm a pretty happy, man, " Casey said.

Jordan Spieth sits just inside the cut-line at even-par through 16 holes, while playing partner and defending US Open champion Dustin Johnson is flirting with a missed cut at three-over.

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This was almost a carbon copy of McIlroy's showing at last year's tournament. And I can hit those shots. Right behind him were 43 other players who broke par, breaking a championship record that had stood for 27 years. Scottie Scheffler, who just finished his junior year at Texas, had a 69, while amateur Cameron Champ had a 70 in his US Open debut. "It's just like I said, you've got to keep it in the short grass, out of that fescue, and don't make any bogeys. I'm just excited to get a few rounds and start playing again".

His schedule will pick up immediately. "Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer".

Day hasn't been in great form this season, but he said he felt this was his "best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career ... and I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week". He is long and straight off the tee and an excellent chipper from closely mown areas around the green. "When I first played in the GMO's, that was the hardest thing". "The fairways are massive". "Every time you have a hard golf course, they'll jump out at the beginning, and Rickie (Fowler) had that great run yesterday, and he's seeing 7 (under par)". Hopefully I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system yesterday and some parts today. Stricker, who turned 50 this year, will be eligible to play in his own event after sticking to hosting duties when the tournament started last year.

"Being out of position off the tee does not help".

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