Patrick Reed sets early clubhouse target at rain-softened Erin Hills

OVERNIGHT leader Rickie Fowler has slipped off the pace in the second round of the US Open, with four players now sharing the lead.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson made only one birdie in his round of 75.

Casey, who had shot a six-under-par 66 on Thursday, had threatened to mount an early assault on the leaderboard but came unstuck with a disastrous triple bogey eight on the 14th.

"If I have to wake up with the same feelings tomorrow, I'm going to have a chance". Reavie had five birdies in a six-hole stretch beginning on No. 11.

"I've been very light on competitive rounds", McIlroy said. He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship.

The top two ranked players in the world, defending champion Dustin Johnson and 2011 US Open victor Rory McIlroy, also failed to make the cut.

That victory was redemption after 2015 when, on the bumpy, much-criticized greens at Chambers Bay, he three-putted from 8 feet on the final hole to give away the win, then the tie.

"I felt this is a golf course sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today", Johnson said. He missed the cut at last year's PGA and withdrew from this year's Masters after falling down a staircase. Unlikely as it seems, that was the last major he played on the weekend.

And then, Fowler took a bogeys at Nos. But the former Irish Open victor posted one under for the back nine to get into the clubhouse just inside the cut mark. Casey is the odd-man out of that group with a 71 on Friday, but the end result still has him in excellent position heading into the weekend.

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.

Stricker improved by a stroke even though Erin Hills showed a few more teeth than it had in Thursday's opening round.

Canadian Adam Hadwin is tied for 24th at two-under par after double bogeying the 17th hole on Friday for a two-over 74.

"Definitely not US Open-like", Marc Leishman said. "Looking forward to the next two days".

Indeed Matsuyama is now the highest ranked player in the field with the top three in the world all missing the cut.

The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open. The Japanese star began the day at two over par and is now five under and just two shots back of the lead.

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

It was the second straight year McIlroy missed the cut at the U.S. Open. I think the more rounds I can play, I'm hopefully going to get rid of all that stuff and hopefully strip it down to what you saw the last six holes.

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