Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey part of four-way tie at US Open

While McIlroy and former world number one Jason Day missed the cut, amateur Cameron Champ - who turned 22 on Thursday - and Xander Schauffele were unlikely contenders on five under par, alongside Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim.

As clogged as the leader board was at this 117th US Open in the wide open fields of Erin Hills, with a four-way share of the midway lead that hadn't manifested itself since 1974, there were also a number of big-hitters - among them the three top-ranked players in the world - who lost their way as if deprived of their golfing GPS systems.

A superb chip to three feet set up the birdie on the 597-yard first hole before he then demolished the short par-four second. 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.

Sixty-eight players made the cut, with former champion Webb Simpson, former Masters and British Open victor Zach Johnson and former PGA champion Keegan Bradley all making it on the number.

For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos.

Co-leaders Paul Casey (71), Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka (all 70) are at seven-under. I feel like I'm playing good.

The top 60 and ties make the cut at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy expressed fondness for Erin Hills despite heading home early.

Deepdale's Hagestad misses cut.

Schauffele rolled in a 12-footer at the 12th but double-bogeyed the next while Fowler, one of the afternoon starters, got to eight under with a gain at the second.

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"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". Besides his much improved putting, Hadwin credits his marriage and a change in attitude for his strong play this year.

McIlroy hit just five of 14 fairways on his way to a 6-over 78 in the first round.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day were among the casualties who will not play over the weekend.

"Shooting a good score today gave me a lot of confidence", Matsuyama said.

While McIlroy and Day will return to competition next week at Travelers, Johnson, who welcomed a second son to the family earlier this week, will be taking a month off.

"I was upset with the score I had made, but it had, in no way, any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot".

Every golfer knows that one shot at the end of a round can leave you with a better - or worse - taste in your mouth than you rightfully deserve.

Newly branded as the "ultimate test in golf", the U.S. Open has always been famed for its toughness and Erin Hills was expected to add to that hard-man reputation.

It will be a different kind of moment, without the world's top three, and with the leading 12 having a combined zero major titles. "I've never done this before, never played in a US Open. anything can happen". I just struggled on the greens.

The low scoring suggested the 11-year-old course was a cream puff, hardly the USGA's idea of the ultimate test in golf.

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