Paul Casey finds more rough trouble around Erin Hills at US Open

Given the wayward shots coming from Day's clubs, it was not a hard task.

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", he said.

Pardon the gallows humor.

The big story from day two, though, was the amount of firepower that exited stage left before the weekend.

That public display of utter frustration gave an insight into McIlroy's mindset.

Casey needed the birdie run to get back into contention after dropping five shots in four holes over his first six holes.

The USGA wants to get away from references of the U.S. Open being the toughest test in golf, preferring instead the "ultimate test". Dustin Johnson, the current FedExCup points leader, shot a 73 to finish at 4 over - three strokes outside the cut line.

English pair Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are among four players with a share a lead of the US Open at the half way stage at Erin Hills.

For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos. He is first in average driving distance at 339.2 yards after two rounds.

Johnson used the words "frustrating" and "frustrated" repeatedly in a post-round interview Friday night before he pulled the putter back out of his bag for a little night work.

Rory McIlroy is further back on 5-over and will miss the cut after carding a 71 in his second round.

McIlroy has played in only seven tournaments this season and was coming off a layoff resulting from a nagging rib injury. "Yesterday (Thursday), I just hit some shots close and made some putts".

McIlroy said: "I showed up for the last six holes, anyway". He has never won a major before but is looking poised to do just that this weekend.

"But I think at the end of the day, it's competitive rounds and getting the card in my hand".

"It feels great. I came in this week with no expectations really at all", said the 22-year-old. He's playing the Travelers Championship next week, then after a week off heads to the Irish Open, the Scottish Open and The Open in consecutive weeks.

After Thursday's round, McIlroy and his coach Michael Bannon discussed his swing issues. "I'm excited to get on a run of golf and get going".

Schauffele's improbable time at the top has brought "just boatloads of support", he said.

"I saw some positives on the back nine to take into next week and, even though this is disappointing, the last two rounds will serve me well in this busy summer". And I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme.

Now he'll have to go home and try to decipher what went wrong and, just like McIlroy, gear up for the next major, the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July. "I just struggled on the greens".

Paul Casey is the latest example of how little it takes to record a big number in the U.S. Open. 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. "I know if I go out and play the golf I'm capable of, good things should happen".

Not bad for a guy who made the cut on the number.

Another possible factor could be the course, the first par-72 used for the U.S. Open since 1992. Most players said it was very fair and playable the first two days.

Rickie Fowler was playing so cleanly at Erin Hills that the record appeared to be in jeopardy. He said the width of the fairways negatively affected his focus off the tee.

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