Garcia hoping Erin Hills gets harder, faster

One of those days’ as Mc Ilroy finds trouble in Erin Hills rough

Masters champion Sergio Garcia said he was happy to be in the hunt at the U.S. Open and that his chances of adding a second successive major would improve if the course toughened up in the upcoming rounds.

Rickie Fowler reacts after finishing on the 9th green during the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin.

Spieth shot 73, Johnson 75 and Rahm 76, while McIlroy (78) and Day (79) turned in their worst scores in a U.S. Open. 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. Matsuyama moved into a tie for eighth at 5 under, and Reavie was 4 under in a tie for 13th.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major. I probably could have birdied all of the last six. The Canadian was 100 feet away for birdie on No. 6 and burned the edge of the cup on that one, except that it ran by some 7 feet and he three-putted for bogey. Koepka is 12-1 and was one of Sherman's sleeper picks.

World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson is among the late starters and will have to improve on Thursday's three-over effort if he hopes to take his title defence into the weekend. He kept it in the short grass, the secret to Erin Hills that wouldn't appear to be that hard with some of the widest fairways for this major. [On Thursday] I was a little anxious and that caught up with me as the round went on. He missed the 15-footer.

Fowler, who held a one shot advantage overnight, cruised through an error free front nine that included two birdies.

"Even though this is a links golf course, it's more American links". The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990.

"It didn't matter at that point because I was so far from the cut line".

"You don't often see that in a U.S. Open", Hadwin said.

"The greens were still receptive to good shots, but they were firmer and faster", said Fowler.

Fowler wasted no time in exploiting the conditions after teeing off on the 10th, rattling off four quick birdies to be four under.

Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele tied for the lowest round of the afternoon wave with six-under 66s. Scottie Scheffler, who just finished his junior year at Texas, had a 69 and amateur Cameron Champ had a 70 in his U.S. Open debut.

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. In the days and weeks leading up to Erin Hills, he sounded more than prepared for the toughest test in golf.

Another warm, dry day is drying out the course, and the players are noticing a difference. "I guess it's not often where you get through a US Open or any major without some kind of hiccup", said Casey, who took full responsibility - "all my own fault" - for getting out of position and left to take his medicine for a series of poor shots.

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