Four-way tie for lead at US Open

Brendan Steele hits a drive on the fifth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

Brendan Steele hits a drive on the fifth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.

English pair Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are among four players with a share a lead of the US Open at the half way stage at Erin Hills.

The projected cut-line for the top 60 players and ties is one-over, starting the day in a respectable position of even-par, Adam Scott sealed a likely early exit with a disappointing 75.

It marked the first time since the world rankings were created in 1986 that the top three ranked players in the world missed the cut at a US Open.

Fowler, the world number nine from California, revelled in benign conditions at Erin Hills Golf Course to reel off seven birdies and 11 pars in a superb 65.

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

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Casey, the former world No 3, has always possessed so much talent that it is, in fact, a surprise that he has not figured at the business end of more majors.

The Englishman began the day one shot behind Fowler and quickly joined the American at the top of the leaderboard. As full as the leaderboard was, however, most of the usual suspects at golf's majors were missing.

Matsuyama, the world number four, had to settle for a one-under-par 71 which left him on six under, six off the pace. "But when you're visually looking down the fairway, I think when you're trying to aim at a target at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure into hitting the fairway because it is a lot narrower than we have out here. But I think definitely getting a lot speedier, a lot faster".

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said after his one-under round.

McIlroy (78) and Day (79) are coming off their worst scores ever in a U.S. Open, mainly because they couldn't keep it out of the thick fescue that frames the wide fairways at Erin Hills.

Playing just his seventh tournament of the year due to a rib injury, McIlroy bounced back with a birdie from 12 feet on the 13th, but carded a hat-trick of birdies from the first before his encouraging late rally.

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It might sting a little more for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who played in the same group and said after their round that they were consoling each other along the way.

"I had been swinging it well and it felt really, really good a couple holes later to be picking the ball out of the hole for a birdie".

The 30-year-old recently claimed his second career PGA Tour win with victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in May with birdies at the final two holes to win by a stroke at 10-under 278 over Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. "And I just unfortunately didn't execute".

No fewer than 44 players ducked under par in the first round, and as the second round unfolded on Friday, the 7,839-yard layout continued to give up birdies freely.

"It's all good holing the putts on the practice green, but it's a different kettle of fish when you get out on the course and have to read slope, read downhill, uphill into the green, side green".

"When I saw it was about seven feet away I knew maybe we had a chance of history".

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Pakistan had collapsed to 162 for seven chasing 237 against Sri Lanka but, two days on, there was no repeat of that batting slump. The first & second wicket partnership scored a worthy 118 runs when Fakhar Zaman was dismissed for 57 runs.

The last six majors have been taken by first-time winners. Cameron Champ, who just finished his junior year at Texas A&M, birdied his last hole for a 69. The Japanese star matched Chez Reavie for the best round of the day, three shots clear of the next best performance by Bill Haas.

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