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

Zach Johnson making an early move at Erin Hills

Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major. "It's one of the hardest tests of golf we get through the year", Fowler said.

His death appears to be from natural causes, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

No other information was provided. I'm also gobsmacked that Danny Willett WD'd with a back injury (after a first round 81).

The Englishman won the Masters a year ago for his only PGA Tour victory.

Nor does Erin Hills seem to have much interest in the status quo.

Brian Harman looks at the company he has at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard and can't help but think that the demanding Erin Hills layout has something to do with the crowd he finds himself in.

"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".

"I definitely hit it better off the tee". Lovemark shot his second straight 3-under 69 on Friday to pull within a shot of the lead.

"Yeah, it's a good spot to be in", he said.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson probably didn't feel so badly by the end of a most peculiar day.

But the second-ranked player in the world still has a lot of ground to make up at Erin Hills. He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup. Granted, it's the first par-72 in a quarter century, but even the total scores are lower than usual.

On the longest course ever for a major, the cut was the lowest at the U.S. Open since 1990. This one he'd rather forget. "So it's just nice to see it come along at the right time".

The 40-year-old Hoffman is playing in his sixth U.S. Open. "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless.

But Casey rebounded with five straight birdies at Nos. He tapped in for par.

Someone will win this week, someone who makes a bunch of birdies on the back nine or maybe eagles the final hole.

Fowler tees off his second round in the afternoon.

I want a U.S. Open where fairways are the width of hotel corridors and greens are the consistency of trampoline webbing.

Reavie is playing in his fifth Open, but first since 2012 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

The performance of the 23-year-old from San Diego has been no less remarkable. It is nearly as if a sleight of hand has been going on in these biggest of championships, a changing of the guard if you will. And Day was even worse off, a 75 leaving him tied for 150th. He finished with a 7 on the par 4, dropping back to 5 under. He's one shot back of the lead shared by four golfers who tee off later Saturday.

There were some great putts yesterday, particularly from Si Woo Kim, Kevin NA, and Adam Scott.

After grabbing a one-shot lead Thursday, Fowler had to keep his foot on the pedal in Round 2 with Brooks Koepka surging up the leaderboard.

Stricker next week will host his PGA Champions Tour event in Madison, the American Family Insurance Championship.

His problems started when he tried to lay up and round the right rough.

"The fescues are so attractive", he said, referring to the thick pasture grass lining the fairways that the pros are praying their tee shots avoid.

Only eight shots separate the leaders from the players who made the cut on the number. Five players were two shots off the lead.

Rickie Fowler opened with a 7-under 65. A sentiment on full display on Friday at Erin Hiils. Among those trying to chase him down is Paul Casey of England, who was one shot behind.

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