Top three cut at Erin Hills in first for US Open

The blimp was scene earlier in the day capturing footage of the tournament

The blimp was scene earlier in the day capturing footage of the tournament

Defending champion and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson missed the cut at the U.S. Open on Friday and will join several of golf's headliners with a weekend off.

Casey finished his wild day with six straight pars for a 1-under 71 to set the target Friday.

Tommy Fleetwood continued to shine on his U.S. open debut as he claimed a share of the halfway lead with a second-round 70 at Erin Hills.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us", he said. "As good as I got", he told Spieth, smiling as he walked with him down the fairway. Then he recovered by making birdie at five of his next six to get it back under par on the day. He said that his 16 years of experience is what allowed him to keep the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th hole.

"If you look at the golf course and you talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us". "Even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard".

"So, it was a good save in the end at the last, so a good bogey".

Tom Kite carded a closing 72 to win by two shots from Jeff Sluman, with 20 of the 66-man field shooting in the 80s to contribute to a scoring average of 77.2.

Stricker improved by a stroke even though Erin Hills showed a few more teeth than it had in Thursday's opening round.

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", he said. "Mistakes got exaggerated a little bit more".

"There were a couple of loose swings out there, but when you shoot 65, you can take those", he said.

"The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive", he said.

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Against Pakistan , India have enjoyed success in the recent past. "But (now) on the biggest stage it is India v Pakistan ". On the eve of the grand final, the players from both sides were seen in a jolly mood. "We play with no pressure".

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To his credit, Fleetwood pulled off a deft chip shot landing the ball to just three-feet, and describing it as the shot of his round, to limit the damage to a bogey "6" in a score of 68 and end the day in a four-way share of second on 11-under par. "I have a tee time on Saturday (and) so you just kind of learn along the way to never really give up". McIlroy expressed fondness for Erin Hills despite heading home early.

"I'm a big fan", McIlroy said.

Apparently, this golf course doesn't care much for those guys rich in majors and/or world ranking points.

McIlroy, playing for the first time in a month to rest a nagging rib injury, finally got it going when it was too late.

"It's going to be great", said Fleetwood, a 26-year-old Englishman who won at Abu Dhabi on the European Tour earlier this year.

"I know I'm going to be nervous, I just need to harness that as best I can".

Joining Matsuyama two shots back is an eclectic mix that includes PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele (73), amateur Cameron Champ (69), 36-year-old PGA Tour veteran Brandt Snedeker (69) and 21-year-old South Korean Kim Si-woo (70), the youngest player to win the Players Championship.

Canadian Adam Hadwin is tied for 24th at two-under par after double bogeying the 17th hole on Friday for a two-over 74. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge.

The links-style layout, the longest course to stage a U.S. Open, had the most sub-par scores in a first round at the championship, while the one-over-par cut matched the record low previously set in 1990 at Medinah.

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