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Fowler leads US Open after firing first-round 65

17 June 2017

Paul Casey was alone in third at 7 under after a 71 in the second round.

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At times, it felt like a regular PGA Tour event. So a round that could have turned disastrous is now under control at 1 over, with Casey two off the lead at 5 under for the tournament. Those were the only hiccups he had, and he finds himself poised to make noise on moving day.

Schauffele, ranked 352nd in the world, launched his second round with a par after an opening 66 on Thursday.

After starting the day at +6, McIlroy made little headway on his front nine and slumped to three straight bogeys after the turn which meant his hot streak of four birdies over his final six holes was all too little too late.

But his stay was short-lived, giving the stroke right back with a bogey at the next hole followed by a triple bogey at par-five 14th.

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The 39-year-old was only able to move his fourth shot a matter of inches in heavy rough over the back of the green on the par five, before hacking out sideways and taking three putts from just off the green.

It was super soft at Congressional in 2011 when McIlroy set the 54-hole record (199) and 72-hole record (268) in an eight-shot victory. He hit three straight bogeys that dropped his score to six under par. In 2006 the 73-year-old designer made his mark in Cheektowaga when Diamond Hawk was opened.

"Just timing was a little bit off, and that was it", McIlroy said.

Jordan Spieth is still lying in the weeds at even par after shooting a 71 in the second round.

Golf stars and fans at Erin Hills Golf Course in Wisconsin looked on in disbelief as the aircraft could be seen falling from the sky near the venue. "I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup".

This was almost a carbon copy of McIlroy's showing at last year's tournament.

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With two runner-up finishes among five top-10s in six starts at the US Open, Day believes an aggressive mindset for Friday's second round will be key to avoiding his first missed cut at the championship.

Rory Mcilroy, of Ireland, makes his way to the 12th hole during the.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson probably didn't feel so badly by the end of a most peculiar day.

Some of the world's top-ranked players and pre-tournament favourites will miss the cut.

The story of the day though was Casey's recovery after racking-up an eight on the par-five-14 and following it up with a bogey on the 16.

American Rickie Fowler tamed Erin Hills to claim the first-round lead at the U.S. Open on Thursday, making the so-called toughest test in golf look easy with a record-equalling display while the big guns failed to fire.

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None of the four players tied for the lead has ever won a major tournament.