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An early US Open departure for Day and McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was left reflecting on a missed cut at the US Open for the second consecutive year on Friday after once again struggling to get to grips with the Erin Hills layout. "I showed up for the last six holes at least", joked McIlroy, who was three over par after 12 holes before carding birdies on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth.

Koepka, a power-hitting U.S. Ryder Cup team member, said, "I'm pretty chill anyway".

"I hope the moment will come as soon as possible". I guess I've just kind of always been that way.

He is making his third start at the U.S. Open, with missed cuts in both previous starts in 2012 (77-72) and 2015 (69-79).

Former US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer are having shocker Saturdays, with 2015 champion Spieth carding a 76 and 2014 victor Kaymer five-over on his round and two-over for the tournament.

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

Big, bold, open and long, Erin Hills appeared to be set up for big boppers like Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, but they ended up at five over and 10 over, respectively.

Indeed Matsuyama is now the highest ranked player in the field with the top three in the world all missing the cut.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major in my career", said the Australian, who conceded: "I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days". "But as we all know, this game's all about putting". "It's just like I said, you've got to keep it in the short grass, out of that fescue, and don't make any bogeys".

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"It's just golf. It's frustrating". I've known my game could be capable. with my distance and my wedge game.

"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here". "I know it's cliché, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course". "I'm looking forward to how it unfolds over the weekend". He'll head home to spend time with his son, River Jones Johnson, who was born Monday.

Corey Conners, of Listowel, Ont., shot his second straight 76 to finish at eight-over par and miss the cut.

Major champions Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner also missed.

Last year's U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett withdrew from the U.S. Open with a sore back on Friday as the Englishman's injury woes continued. He opened Thursday with a 9-over 81.

Another warm, dry day is drying out the course during the second round of the U.S. Open, and the players are noticing a difference.

Said Johnson, who was 3 over: "I really like this golf course, it sets up well for me".

"The course wasn't created to be soft, and if it was going to be soft, it should have been 26-or-27-yard-wide fairways".

"It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course". McIlroy chalked his poor play up to rust and lack of competitive rounds. He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship. "There's no secret that I'm very fiery and a competitor and I've let my emotions get the best of me for sure so I'm understanding that if I can control those I certainly have a better chance of playing well". "I was a little anxious starting out yesterday, and it caught up to me".

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