Casey looks to reel in Fowler


First-round leader Rickie Fowler is one shot back and tied with Jamie Lovemark and J.B. Holmes. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills. "And I've been very light on competitive rounds this year, and it's just a matter of getting into a good round of golf now".

And with the tees moved up on the 15th hole to make it reachable, Thomas hit a 3-wood that rolled off the back slope of the green to 6 feet.

But consecutive bogeys at Nos. Compatriot Brooks Koepka (T-1) played on the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team that defeated Team Europe at Hazeltine last fall. It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard.

The course wasn't easy for the top-three ranked players in the world as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day head home after missing the cut.

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And despite starting his second round with bogeys on his first two holes, the South African bounced back to record a superb 66 which he matched in the third round.

Garcia carded an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys in a roller coaster round. "I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".

However, of the leading 18 not one has tasted success in a Major and, in fact, you have to look down to those sharing 19 place before singling out a Major Champion and they are reigning Masters victor Sergio Garcia (71) and double Major winning Martin Kaymer (69) at three under. When it was clear he had nothing going in the second round, he was simply trying to stay out of the way. PGA champion Jimmy Walker missed the cut as he continues to recover from Lyme Disease. Unlikely as it seems, that was the last major he played on the weekend.

Harman closed with two birdies and three tough pars for a 5-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead at 12-under 204.

With little to play for McIlroy then strung together his best sequence of holes in the tournament, carding four birdies and two pars.

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He still went out in even-par 36 and was one shot behind Rickie Fowler, who plays in the afternoon. There were a handful of 67s, one of which belonged to second-round co-leader Brian Harman .

"I had been swinging it well and it felt really, really good a couple holes later to be picking the ball out of the hole for a birdie".

Jason Day and Adam Scott are among several high profile players who missed the cut at the US Open, while fellow Australian Marc Leishman is in contention following the second round at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Koepka had the outright lead with four holes left in his round before a bogey on the par-3 sixth hole. Cameron Champ, who just finished his junior year at Texas A&M, birdied his last hole for a 69.

Defending champion Johnson will aim to bounce back from a lacklustre three-over-par 75 when he tees off alongside Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer in the afternoon session.

Day admitted the course lay-out had played on his mind in both his rounds.

"It was a good display - all my own fault - but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", Casey said. "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there".

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