Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Carnage at US Open as world's top three sent packing

Noah Ferguson | 18 June, 2017, 10:21

He had struggled through a nagging rib injury that has limited him to six tournaments this year, but was buoyed by his second round at Erin Hills after complaining about feeling rusty after his substandard opening 18 holes. It didn't get any better when he finally made the green.

ERIN, Wisconsin World number three Jason Day followed his opening round 79 with a three-over 75 on Friday for a 10-over-par 154 total to complete a short stay at the 117th U.S. Open. "I've never played a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience".

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The traditional moving day lived up to its reputation with a number of players exploiting benign conditions to tear into the forgiving par-72 layout.

South Korea's Si Woo Kim (70) is tied for third, two shots back from the leaders.

Fowler, sharing a house with Thomas this week, was being left behind until he ran off three straight birdies and shot 68.

Fowler, meanwhile, entered the round with a one-shot lead over Casey and Xander Schauffele, who is now in the group at 5 under. He was 10 under, only two shots behind.

"I really wasn't pleased with kind of how I finished, so I went out and had to touch all the bases after I played, worked with my coach, " Reed said.

"I've never done this before", Fleetwood said. I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. His lone victory in America was the Houston Open in 2009, though not to be overlooked are his 14 victories around the world that include two victories in Abu Dhabi, one at the BMW PGA Championship, two at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and the World Match Play Championship that included Tiger Woods.

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.

Koepka had the lead until he turned a birdie chance into a bogey on the par-5 first hole after making the turn.

"It was a good save", Fleetwood said.

Thomas poured that in to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship.

"But, I had no idea 9-under was the best score ever to par, " Thomas said.

He might need one at this rate.

Looking towards the weekend, Casey said all the low scoring on the rain-softened course could abruptly end. "It means I'm part of history". And I think that's a testament to the set-up of the golf course, that when you set up a golf course in a fair manner and the weather is good, the scores are going to be low. If I can make four birdies around here, that would be pretty good. "But obviously, I haven't done that here". Ryder Cuppers like Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey, along with other big names like Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

Harris English, who is 4 under after a second-round 69, said the greens on his last few holes "were firming up". Turns out hitting the ball as hard as you can isn't the be-all and end-all of golf after all! He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

"Guess what? We get to go home today because Daddy played poorly", Day said to his son, Dash, before walking over to sign autographs. "I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today".

But the work is not done.

SHOT OF THE DAY: If you watched the coverage, you know where we'd go with this one.

In fact, that's 15 more than the top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend.

"This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish".

The top three golfers in the world, and six of the top 10, didn't make it. Harman made a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to hold off Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by a stroke.

Not bad for someone who had to claim one of the 14 qualifying spots at the tough Columbus, Ohio, sectional last week to make it to Wisconsin.

However, as great as that shot was, this U.S. Open was basically his year in a nutshell.

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