-Day after missing the cut.
Johnson has missed just four PGA Tour cuts in the past 23 months - dating back to the 2016 PGA Championship - but it's now two straight since the Memorial two weeks ago and this week at the U.S. Open.
World No.9 Fowler fired a blistering seven-under 65, finishing with a one-shot lead over American Xander Schauffele and England's Paul Casey (both 66).
After starting the day at +6, McIlroy made little headway on his front nine and slumped to three straight bogeys after the turn which meant his hot streak of four birdies over his final six holes was all too little too late.
"I need a lot of drivers down the middle of the fairway and a lot of birdies to get myself back in the tournament".
Unfortunately for McIlroy, he might well be doing just that on Friday afternoon, the 28-year-old following an eagle on the second - where he drove the green on the 330-yard par four - with four bogeys and double bogeys on the 15th and 17th.
Rory McIlroy was left reflecting on a missed cut at the US Open for the second consecutive year on Friday after once again struggling to get to grips with the Erin Hills layout. "It's pretty simple, I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".
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For Todd Pletcher, thoroughbred racing's seven-time trainer of the year, it was the second Triple Crown victory of the season. His colt had won the Kentucky Derby on May 6 to become 2017's hope of becoming the 13 Triple Crown champion.
"I was upset with the score I had made, but it did not have any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot". He says the greens on his last few holes "were firming up".
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 at six over par he remained five shots outside the projected cut mark.
Rory McIlroy and Jason Day never recovered from theirs. He said that his 16 years of experience is what allowed him to keep the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th hole.
"It is always cool to be part of some sort of history in golf but I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday".
All told, 42 players were under par after two rounds, an unheard of number for the U.S. Open with its notoriously hard course setups. 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.
Champ said a practice round with former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen and four-times major victor McIlroy on Monday helped his confidence. Johnson withdrew from the Masters after injuring his back in a fall and didn't arrive at Erin Hills until Tuesday because his fiancee gave birth to their second child.
It will be a different kind of moment, without the world's top three, and with the leading 12 having a combined zero major titles. His total of 154 equaled his worse two-round total at a major, matching his first two rounds at The Open in 2013. It's there that the mistake was made: Hadwin tried to play too ideal of a third shot up toward the raised putting surface. Despite another crush of low scores, the U.S. Open late Friday became at least as much about who is out than who is in. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three. "There's no secret that I'm very fiery and a competitor and I've let my emotions get the best of me for sure so I'm understanding that if I can control those I certainly have a better chance of playing well".
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