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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Si Woo Kim making move up leaderboard

Si Woo Kim making move up leaderboard

But only for a couple minutes. He shot 68 and was only three back. He just didn't know how much history.

On the longest course ever for a major, the cut was the lowest at the U.S. Open since 1990.

Back problems forced Danny Willett to pull out of another tournament. It was the lowest third-round score in Open history.

McIlroy followed an opening-round 78 with a 71 and is now a combined 43 over par in 18 U.S. Open rounds since winning the tournament at Congressional in 2011.

And then Friday, a 94-year-old man at the tournament for the first time stopped breathing while in a grandstand on the sixth hole and died of what Washington County officials said appeared to be natural causes. Stricker, who turned 50 this year, will be eligible to play in his own event after sticking to hosting duties when the tournament started last year. "I'd love to have another one of those", Thomas said.

Don't try this at home. He says the greens on his last few holes "were firming up".

It didn't work all that well. He rallied with a birdie on No. 16, but he couldn't sustain that and bogeyed the 17th.

Sergio lurking: Masters champion Sergio Garcia meanwhile was lurking five off the lead after a two-under-par 70.

The Englishman began the day one shot behind Fowler and quickly joined the American at the top of the leaderboard.

Casey did his part to set the pace, even after his triple bogey.

Casey swung and missed from the tall fescue on No. 3, and then chipped out and it rolled all the way off the green on the other side.

Casey chopped his way to an 8 on the par-5 14th and shot 38 on the back nine.

Erin Hills also played like a beast. "It's still Saturday - 36 holes is a very long time in a U.S. Open".

Fowler will tee off on Friday in the afternoon session alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Spaniard Jon Rahm.

"Guess what?" he said to his 4-year-old son. He missed a short birdie putt on 18. His total of 154 equaled his worse two-round total at a major, matching his first two rounds at The Open in 2013.

Hoffman birdied five of his first eight holes to get to 9 under, one shot clear of a massive logjam in second.

Paul Casey played in the afternoon session Thursday, and he was able to cope with the somewhat more challenging conditions. The U.S. Open has had eight amateur winners (five players), most recently John Goodman in 1933.

"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", he said.

"As good as I got", he told Spieth, smiling as he walked with him down the fairway.

Casey, Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood have yet to tee off. His round would have been better had it not been for two bogeys in his closing holes. He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214. "It's a little bit of a different challenge than what we faced in U.S. Opens in the past".

Just about everything already has at Erin Hills. He just has to listen to the crowd.

OK, this is his first U.S. Open.

Fowler's ability to reach seven-under and tie the opening round marks of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf (set in the 1980 U.S. Open) is one of the storylines for the second day of the national championship.

Friday's cut is projected at one over par. The bogey there put him at 2 over, and on the par-5 14th, he overcooked a chip shot up the steep hill, which led to another three-putt and another bogey.

The 21-year-old Kim is charging up the leaderboard in the second round of the U.S. Open. He had shared the lead with fellow American Ricky Fowler, the first round leader, but Fowler has dropped to a tie for fifth on 6 under after bogeys at 11, 12 and 13.

Brooks Koepka started on No. 10 and made four birdies on his front nine to get to 9 under, moving into a tie with Fowler for the top spot. The leaders still had another two hours before they teed off. Oosthuizen, the former British Open champion at St. Andrews, was hopeful of at least giving them something to think about.

While Fowler and Casey hope to stay at the level they established in the opening round, several of the pre-tournament favorites have to pick it up if they are going to make the cut and compete on the weekend.

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