Amateur Scheffler plays with poise at US Open

Matsuyama, a 25-year-old, four-time PGA Tour victor from Japan, had a putt for birdie on the par-5 18th hole, which would have been only the second 8-under round in U.S. Open history, matching Johnny Miller's 63 at par-71 Oakmont in 1973.

Day, who had made the cut at every major since the 2012 PGA Championship, followed up his opening round 79 with a 75, leaving the Australian anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at 10-over.

Casey started the second round just one shot behind Rickie Fowler, and he tied Fowler briefly with a birdie on the par-4 11th hole before dropping a shot on the 12th.

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.

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.

At the opposite end of the board it became a first in a Major with the current World No.1, No.2 and No.3 each missing the cut since the World Rankings began in April 1989.

Casey posted a one-under 71 to move to seven under, while Fleetwood and Americans Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka signed for 70s at Erin Hills.

"It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course".

Johnson has missed just four PGA Tour cuts in the past 23 months - dating back to the 2016 PGA Championship - but it's now two straight since the Memorial two weeks ago and this week at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy expressed fondness for Erin Hills despite heading home early.

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It was also smooth sailing for Kim Si-Woo as the South Korean finished his first nine with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 and stormed through the turn with a third consecutive birdie to get to six-under, one back of the co-leaders.

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. I got off to a good start but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on. Fowler shot a 73 and was still very much in the hunt at a second straight major.

Casey then reignited his charge birding his eighth hole and ended the run with a "3" at his 12th.

Tommy Fleetwood was relaxed about sharing the lead at the halfway stage of the US Open as the absence of some of golf's biggest names set up an intriguing weekend at Erin Hills.

The cut-line for the top 60 players and fell at one-over.

But it was too little too late for the Northern Irishman who remains anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at five over. "I enjoyed the walk, the golf course is handsome, but I just didn't execute".

"I started to let it go towards the end and show what I can do".

"To be three under par with a chance on the weekend, I'm proud of that", said Garcia.

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. Then from there, I was just taking advantage of the par-5s.

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