Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

  • Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

All it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf. Players noticed firmer greens that were allowing putts to race past the hole.

The lead, however, belonged to Brian Harman.

Day closed his week with a 75 and was 5 over on his last eight holes to finish at 10 over par for the week.

"I don't know if I have 14-under in my bag to play", said Stricker, noting the leading score at the time he finished.

The Offaly man is 1-over after completing his second round at Erin Hills. Right behind him were 43 other players who broke par, breaking a championship record that had stood for 27 years. "And I've been very light on competitive rounds this year, and it's just a matter of getting into a good round of golf now". Going forward, starting with next week's PGA Tour stop at the Travelers Championship in CT, and then at next month's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart - where he is both host and defending champion - McIlroy badly needs to reignite his season. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par. Jason Day made two triple bogeys and closed with a birdie to avoid the indignity of shooting 80. He almost whiffed on his fourth shot, the ball not even traveling 2 feet, and missed the green again with his fifth.

"I've never done this before", Fleetwood said. 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. I feel like the golf game is there.

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers.

Casey bogeyed the next hole, but he still wasn't hitting the panic button.

"The finish was awesome".

"I usually love places like this".

He might need one at this rate.

He pronounced himself ready and confident on the eve of the championship, but the PGA Tour leader in numerous driving stats was too often forced to slash errant tee shots out of the tall fescue outside Erin Hills' generous fairways. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

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The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Open since Winged Foot in 1974, back when the names were more familiar for a major - Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, who went on to win his first major. I drove the ball well, my irons were good. Stricker said, "I made a lot of nice putts today, and I hit a lot of good putts". Billy Horschel was tied for the 36-hole lead at Merion.

But it was his tie for fourth in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 that enabled him to get a PGA Tour card.

His inward nine began with a further bogey on the long par-five first, which was followed by another bogey on the second which left him at eight over. In the hay left of the 12th fairway, he gouged it out with a 9-iron and watched it roll to 10 feet.

Tommy Fleetwood's brilliant pitch out of the rough on his second shot on the par-4 15th set up a 7-foot birdie putt to drop him to 12 under for sole possession of the lead.

"That's why you're seeing some big scores, because the greens are so receptive".

Asked if he would have been able to recover from such a mistake earlier in his career, Casey added: "In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, so probably not!"

But the work is not done.

Everyone has to start somewhere, and that's been the case for the last six majors, all won by players who had never won a Grand Slam event before. A lot of them had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds. And if that's not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round.