Four tied atop US Open leaderboard heading into weekend

It marked the first time since the world rankings were created in 1986 that the top three ranked players in the world missed the cut at a US Open.

The Englishman began the day one shot behind Fowler and quickly joined the American at the top of the leaderboard.

Fleetwood found his way to the top with a rather ordinary four-birdie, two-bogey round.

However a bogey on the ninth checked his progress, pushing him out to two over.

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day also left Erin Hills earlier than anyone expected.

"Shooting a good score today gave me a lot of confidence", Matsuyama said. The bogey there put him at 2 over, and on the par-5 14th, he overcooked a chip shot up the steep hill, which led to another three-putt and another bogey. 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.

Despite their respective struggles, neither Johnson, McIlroy or Day took issue with the course, instead taking ownership of the problems that cut their weekend short.

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This is the longest course on tour this year, but if the 50-year-old can manage to keep it in the fairways, he's got an opportunity to pick up some strokes on the golfers now ahead of him.

For the second straight day, tragedy struck the 117th U.S. Open, when a 94-year-old man collapsed near the sixth hole at Erin Hills on Friday and later died. I did the work, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course.

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

McIlroy has birdied three of his last four holes.

That's what happened as Stricker made it exactly on the cut line.

With Fowler not teeing off until the afternoon, the morning action was dominated by a roller coaster round from England's Paul Casey, who recovered from a dramatic collapse to claw his way back into contention.

Matsuyama is playing in his fifth U.S. Open.

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With Johnson, McIlroy and Day all missing from the weekend action, all eyes will be on a clustered leaderboard which is dominated by players who have never won a major. But the former Irish Open victor posted one under for the back nine to get into the clubhouse just inside the cut mark. Schauffele went 26 consecutive holes without a bogey until he rammed his long birdie putt on No. 9 about 12 feet by the hole and narrowly missed the par putt.

The three-putt that did in Dustin Johnson at this U.S. Open came at the 13th hole on Friday, not the 18th hole on Sunday. Sometimes, they even raise the trophy after 72 holes, a la Shaun Micheel at the 2003 PGA Championship.

Fowler started brightly and moved from his starting seven under to nine under at one stage of his second round, while fellow Ryder Cup star Koepka also managed to get to nine under par.

"It feels great. I came in this week with no expectations really at all", said the 22-year-old.

Johnson has now missed the cut in consecutive events just four times in the last 18 months.

McIlroy however, who is returning from a hip and back injury, put a fearless face on his second consecutive missed cut at a US Open following his exit at the halfway stage in 2016. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par.

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