The top 60 and ties make the cut at the U.S. Open.
The links-style layout, the longest course to stage a U.S. Open, had the most sub-par scores in a first round at the championship, while the one-over-par cut matched the record low previously set in 1990 at Medinah.
Fowler only had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey, who started eagle-birdie, and Xander Schauffele, a rookie on the PGA Tour who is playing his first major championship. McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open.
"I still feel like I've got a lot of good golf in me, and that's what I'm trying to do this week", Stricker said.
"I'm very excited and very happy with the score", the Japanese star said.
Champ said a practice round with former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen and four-times major victor McIlroy on Monday helped his confidence. He only shot 75, with just one birdie.
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Casey remained at the top of the leaderboard despite temporarily falling off Friday morning when he struggled through a stretch that included two bogeys and a triple bogey.
World number two McIlroy meanwhile - who earlier in the week had advised players unable to hit the fairways to "pack their bags" - was left at five-over-par after a second round 71. What Brendan Steele has is the profile, the Webb Simpson, Scott Simpson, Steve Jones, Lou Graham profile: very good at golf, not flamboyant, the kind of golfer who understands that this week at Erin Hills is one long march to six under par.
Dustin Johnson was right on the cut line with eight holes to play. "I got out of position but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week".
Casey laid up in the rough, took two chops to get out of more rough behind the 14th green, and staggered away with a triple-bogey 8 that might have ruined his day at Erin Hills. All four finished Friday's second round at 7-under-par 137 playing a course that prevented the world's three top-ranked players from moving on.
Indeed Matsuyama is now the highest ranked player in the field with the top three in the world all missing the cut.
"Yeah, I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days". "I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). Brendan Steele hits a drive on the fifth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.
His season has been ravaged by injury so far, so he hasn't been able get any momentum, but hopefully this is the start now of him getting a run and working his way back into competitive form. "And unfortunately, this didn't pan out". "The fairways are massive". Fowler's streak ended at 28 holes, however, when he went just long on the 11th hole and had to chip sideways to have any chance of a reasonable par putt. A rattled Casey added another bogey at the 15th to extend his miserable run before hitting the turbo-charger and firing off five consecutive birdies.
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