Jason Day had two triple bogeys and posted a 79, his worst score ever in the U.S. Open.
A whopping eight players are at 6 under, including world No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama and Louis Oosthuizen. "I mean, this is light and variable compared to the beginning of the day, but that's what you get for playing a poor first few rounds". He said he'll play a lot and work on his putting in advance of the British Open at Royal Birkdale next month.
"If you look at this golf course and you talk to me, Jason or Rory, this golf course sets up ideal for us", Johnson said.
Tommy Fleetwood had no problem picking out his best shot of the day. "Obviously, I paid the price for it today". He went from a tie for second at the beginning of the day to a tie for sixth.
The tournament-leading foursome held a one-shot lead over a trio of contenders that includes first-round leader Rickie Fowler.
"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this", Day said.
The player then missed the putt, which elicited a "Ah, he MISSED it!" from one of the guys before they moved on. He kept it in the short grass, the secret to Erin Hills that would not appear to be that hard with some of the widest fairways for this major.
"As good as I got", he told Spieth, smiling as he walked with him down the fairway. But then he three-putted from long range on the 13th and the 14th, and lost all hope when he missed the green on the 17th while going after the flag.
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"I think at the end of the day, it's competitive rounds and get the card in my hand", McIlroy said.
A day after shooting six over on the back, McIlroy rebounded and played it at even-par. Sergio Garcia had a good -2 and shot a 70 going into Round 2. Fowler is at No. 9 in the world ranking.
The 23-year-old from San Diego had been having an excellent debut at the Open.
It was day of sizzling drama on the links-style layout that featured stunning birdie runs and spectacular collapses - some like Casey coming on the same scorecard.
"Our superintended this year has let the fescue kind of go back to the original design, so it kind of matches what everyone is seeing on TV" Joshua Wojtaszczyk, Diamond Hawk Director of Golf said. "The scoring was so good this morning".
It also broke the Erin Hills course record and helped give the American the clubhouse lead but it was his combination of 3-wood, 3-wood, putt that sent his fellow tour pros wild, with Shane Lowry branding his second shot "ridiculous" and Ross Fisher saying it was "pure filth".
The opening round was without Phil Mickelson for the first time since 1993.