Birdies lift Paul Casey after rough patch at US Open

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With the top 60 and ties qualifying for the final rounds at Erin Hills, the cut appeared set to fall at one or two over par as the afternoon wave started their second rounds.

"But early on today when I hit off my game, I putted well and that sure helped me out". "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did. I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts and that's what happened on 15".

"A little disappointing to end with the double on 17 but I started hitting it a lot better on the back side", Hadwin said minutes after his round.

It was the second consecutive US event the Briton has withdrawn from having pulled out of last month's Players Championship in the second round. Johnson is said to have texted a message of congratulations to Harman, who in turn thanked Johnson and wrote back, "I wanted no part of you in a playoff".

"It's just golf. It's frustrating". "I'm not too concerned about it you know they found out about it right away and let everybody know". "So I switched it around and it's a very different feel after the first few holes". "When I get it going, I don't fear it like I used to of stalling". Through two days, four golfers are tied atop the leader board at seven under.

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Niebrugge, Talor Gooch and Kevin Dougherty, who each played at Oklahoma State, were grouped together in the first two rounds. Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12.

Danny Willett has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a back injury. He opened Thursday with a 9-over 81.

Jason Day's struggles have continued.

Both players liked the course but put their performance down to a lack of execution.

"The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive", he said. I mean, if I can make four birdies around here, you know, that'd be pretty good.

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"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", said Day, who arrived last Friday. "I'll just rely on confidence", said Harman, who won his second PGA Tour event at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

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

That figure increased by only two, McIlroy's second-round 71 in the second major of 2017 proving insufficient to improve the damage caused by an opening round of 78.

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive "59" club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year. The Northern Irishman then won the Open Championship and US PGA in 2014, meaning he needs only to win the Masters to become the sixth player to complete a career grand slam.

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Reavie is playing in his fifth Open, but first since 2012 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

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