World number two Rory McIlroy has missed the cut at the US Open for the second year running. "For me, it felt like [the course] played tougher today", Casey said. "There's a lot of different ways to play it". You could, conceivably, hit an OK shot and end up miles from the hole. Jamie Lovemark and J.B.
Casey did his part to set the pace, even after his triple bogey.
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. 17, 18, 1, 2 and 3 to find his way back to the top before Harman, Fleetwood and Koepka - all of whom shot 70 on Friday - made an afternoon charge.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who shot a 1-under 71, says "I think the greens are getting U.S. Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain". "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster". His total of 154 equaled his worse two-round total at a major, matching his first two rounds at The Open in 2013. I know that sounds insane, but if Garcia fires a 67 or 66 on Saturday, he's going to be right in the mix. "The fairways aren't too far away, so it gives a good definition to your eye, so you can pick targets if you're a better golfer or when you're out there it's just a pretty picture". He had no explanation or theory on why the top three players in the world would not be around for the weekend - the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking debuted in 1986 that the top three in the world missed the cut at a major. McIlroy was 4 shots off the cut line and Day a whopping 9 shots removed.
After an opening round 74, world number four Hideki Matsuyama looked ready to join the parade of top ranked players to the exit but the Japanese hit back with the joint best round of the day of seven-under 65 to shoot up the leaderboard and into contention at five-under.
Casey started eagle-birdie and finished with two birdies over the final four holes for his 66.
McIlroy's disrupted season had seen him play just six tournaments this year prior to teeing up here at Erin Hills. McIlroy played in the same group with Day, who had a 7-over 79 on Thursday and followed with a 75 to finish at 10 over.
"It's just golf and it's frustrating, but I don't let it bother me". "But as we all know, this game's all about putting". Just look at the hole location sheet for the day's play on Friday; nearly all of them are hidden away near the edge of greens.
The trio's struggles were all the more surprising given that low scores were there to be had for all. Matsuyama will enter Saturday tied for eighth and Reavie will begin the weekend tied for 13th. Local sheriff's deputies and rescue workers were called to the grandstand by the No. 6 hole, where the man was reported not to have a pulse or be breathing.