Super save (for bogey) keeps Fleetwood smiling at US Open

Newly branded as the "ultimate test in golf", the U.S. Open has always been famed for its toughness and Erin Hills was expected to add to that hard-man reputation. 2 and 3 Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, all of whom missed the cut.

In all, eight of the world's top 12 will the absent from the shootout for the title, including each of the top three for the first time since the world rankings were introduced in 1986.

The biggest move of the day came from Hideki Matsuyama.

A 12-times victor on the PGA Tour and the US captain for this autumn's Presidents Cup, Stricker was denied a request for a special exemption into the field and had to qualify.

After Matsuyama and Reavie, the next best round of the day was Bill Haas' 68.

"I birdied the first two holes, but those were tap-ins". Friday's round included five birdies and two bogeys.

Nick Rogness felt as nervous as anyone at the U.S. Open - not because of a golf club in his hand but the diamond ring in his pocket. PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele didn't make a bogey at Erin Hills until his 27th hole, had his hiccup with a double bogey on the par-3 13th hole but still managed a 73.

Johnson also missed the cut at the Memorial, so this was the first time since 2013 (Pebble Beach, Riviera) that he has missed the cut in consecutive events.

Shane Lowry is the only Irish golfer now inside the projected cut mark of 1-over at the US Open as Day 2 unfolds. All at seven under par at Erin Hills.

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. On seven he sank a 15 footer. That dropped shot represented the first of three straight bogeys.

"You can not play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee and I wasn't in position", McIlroy said. The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990.

Dustin Johnson was right on the cut line with eight holes to play.

Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka quickly raced out to 9 under, with quite a few birdie holes remaining, but they both struggled on their back nines to tighten an already packed leaderboard.

Unfortunately for the four-time major victor he looked on course to be doing precisely that on Friday afternoon after struggling to an opening 78, which featured an eagle on the second, four bogeys and double bogeys on the 15th and 17th. Fowler started on No. 1 made the turn at 2 under after a pair of birdies.

England's Paul Casey is a shot further back on 7-under after carding a 71 to follow up yesterday's 66. Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, playing together, were tied for fourth at 6 under.

The 47-year-old South African posted a two-under-par 71.

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. No other information was provided. 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. Willett, who pulled out before the start of his second round, was heading towards the Erin Hills exit anyway after slumping to an opening round nine-over 81.

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

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