US Open 2017: Who failed to make the cut at Erin Hills?

Last year's victor and world number one Johnson, who arrived late in Wisconsin after staying in California for the birth of his second child, added a one-over-par 73 to his opening 75 to finish on four-over 148, three off the cut line.

"I just played bad golf, man", Day said with a chuckle. "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

Speaking about the changes he made past year, Fleetwood added: "I went back to my old coach and had one of my best mates caddying and I think that can't be underestimated, having your friend with you, whether you're leading the US Open or playing a casual round at home".

Despite their respective struggles, neither Johnson, McIlroy or Day took issue with the course, instead taking ownership of the problems that cut their weekend short. He became the first player to reach 13 under at the U.S. Open in the second round, but double-bogeyed 18 to close at 11 under and with a six-shot lead. When it was clear he had nothing going in the second round, he was simply trying to stay out of the way.

The cut fell at one over par to leave the entire field separated by just eight shots.

"Tomorrow will be a very cool experience", said Fleetwood.

McIlroy, playing for the first time in a month to rest a nagging rib injury, finally got it going when it was too late. Koepka had the outright lead with four holes left in his round before a bogey on the par-3 sixth hole. That still didn't appear to be almost enough. He has birdied three of his last four holes.

The fifth-ranked player in the world hit a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 69 on Sunday.

Also playing in the afternoon was Dustin Johnson, the defending champion and No. 1 player in the world, who opened with a 75.

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It wasn't as encouraging a day for round one leader Rickie Fowler, who like Casey is looking to shake off his claim to the title this week many don't want - best player never to have won a major.

Casey did his part to set the pace, even after his triple bogey.

The USGA said Tuesday that overnight storms and more rain in the forecast were making some of the native grasses lay down, which would create such dense rough that it would be virtually unplayable. With a blind shot to the green, he went long into deeper hay, and his first hack at it moved the ball only a few feet. A chip went sailing past the pin, leaving a long putt to save par which was duly missed. "You've got 156 of the best players in the world here, if we can't hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home". Even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard.

"Keep moving up the leaderboard and see how good you can get, I guess", said Stricker, who is eight shots behind the leaders. A birdie at the 11th hole took him to seven-under, and it looked as though he would build on an excellent opening score of 66 with another strong day.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., shot a 74 and is 2 under through 36 holes.

Day, who also is playing Travelers next week, gathered his wife, Ellie, and son, Dash, and made plans to head home to OH the soonest that they could.

They were among a record 44 players who broke par on the first day, surpassing the previous high set in 1990 when 39 players finished the first round in the red at Medinah Country Club near Chicago.

It is the first time since the Official World Golf Rankings began in 1986 that the top three players have missed the cut at a major. "For me, it felt like (the course) played tougher today".

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