Missed fairways leave McIlroy in rough shape at US Open

Paul Casey battles back into contention at US Open but Rory Mc Ilroy misses cut

Paul Casey rode a rollercoaster to the second-round clubhouse lead at the U.S. Open on Friday, surviving a hair-raising trip that included a gut-wrenching triple-bogey and a thrilling run of five straight birdies.

Sergio Garcia opened the season by winning the Masters, his first major championship at 37-years-old, and now Rickie Fowler is the leader after the first round of the US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

"I just played bad golf, man", Day said. He still had his worst score in a U.S. Open.

"Every time I stepped on the tee, I tried to play aggressive", he said.

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.

"Good putting can only hold you in for so long", he said.

Day's 79 came despite making birdies on all four par-5s. He kept it in the short grass, the secret to Erin Hills that wouldn't appear to be that hard with some of the widest fairways for this major. You don't really have to do too much on the weekend at the U.S. Open to move up a bunch and get yourself back into contention. The fan favorite who has never won a major tied Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf for the best first-round score to par at a U.S. Open.

"It is always cool to be part of some sort of history in golf", Fowler said.

"I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday", Fowler said.

Not even the sight of a burning blimp crashing to the ground in an open field just a half-mile (800 meters) from the course could distract the world number nine, who failed to make the cut his previous two U.S. Opens but finished runner-up in 2014.

Rahm finished with a four-over 76 but he wasn't the only headliner to struggle; in fact, as many amateurs finished in red numbers as did top-10 players in the world.

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Yet as well as he started, Fowler realizes that he will have to continue to play well if he hopes to add a major championship to his resume.

Day's rise to the top of the golf world has been highlighted by his tremendous power.

Ernie Els opened with a 70 on the 20th anniversary of his last US Open victory. For most others, like Henrik Stenson, it was being careless off the tee and facing the rigorous test of recovering. He would bounce back with birdie two holes later to finish at four-under. I'm swinging good, everything feels good.

McIlroy however, who is returning from a hip and back injury, put a fearless face on his second consecutive missed cut at a US Open following his exit at the halfway stage in 2016.

Schauffele went 26 consecutive holes without a bogey until he rammed his long birdie putt on No. 9 about 12 feet by the hole and narrowly missed the par putt.

"You don't often see that in a U.S. Open", Hadwin told reporters.

But under sunny skies Erin Hills looked more friend than foe with 44 golfers breaking par setting a record for the opening round of a U.S. Open.

The blimp, operated by Florida-based AirSign, was used for advertising as it floated above the golf tournament and had been airborne for several hours before it went down, authorities said.

"I felt sick to my stomach", he said.

Three players - Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka - were in the clubhouse on five under, two back from Fowler.

"Definitely not U.S. Open-like", Marc Leishman said. "I knew I needed to drive it well and from there was just able to manage hitting and continuing to swing well and hitting good shots and rolling a couple in".

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