Paul Casey stays in US Open hunt as Rory McIlroy misses cut

Rickie Fowler's blistering -7 65 to set the pace for the 2017 U.S. Open's opening round was the talk around the grounds, along with Jason Day's struggles on the other side of the ledger. If only he had hit the fairways. Through 36 holes, not a single player inside the top 18 has won a major. With birdies on the four of the last six holes, he shot 71.

He is making his third start at the U.S. Open, with missed cuts in both previous starts in 2012 (77-72) and 2015 (69-79).

Among those missing the cut were Bradley Dredge of Wales and England's Chris Wood on three over while 2010 champion Graeme McDowell closed on five over.

"Shooting a good score today gave me a lot of confidence", Matsuyama said.

One day after a blimp crashed and burned next to the golf course and E. coli bacteria was found in the drinking water at a hydration station, the US Open on Friday was marred by a spectator dying at Erin Hills.

"It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard", said Casey.

At Erin Hills, all Johnson could do was go down swinging on a Friday. He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup.

For Paul Dunne it was a disappointing US Open debut as failed to pull back and opening round of 75 - following it up with a 74 - to finish five over and well outside the cut mark.

Marc Leishman has maintained his position high on the leaderboard midway through the second round at the US Open.

They had plenty of company in red numbers, so much that Erin Hills set a US Open record for the first round by yielding 44 sub-par rounds, breaking by five the record set in 1990 at Medinah.

McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn't played almost enough.

"I lost a bit of skin out there", Casey said of the triple bogey. 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. And again, it's just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt.

His schedule will pick up immediately.

"If the sun stays like it is and the wind keeps baking this golf course out, it's pretty treacherous on the weekend, which is just what I would like, and I think what the rest of the players want to see".

"I saw some positives there on the back nine coming in and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers (tournament) next week", he said. He is long and straight off the tee and an excellent chipper from closely mown areas around the green.

At most major championships, there are a few surprises - players who no one expected to make a run at a major title. Instead, I simply declined her generosity and threw the bottle away right in front of her, refusing to meet her eyes as I assumed they'd be filled with disapproval. "Every time you have a hard golf course, they'll jump out at the beginning, and Rickie (Fowler) had that great run yesterday, and he's seeing 7 (under par)". Unlikely as it seems, that was the last major he played on the weekend. That's not to say big names and quality players aren't in the mix here in Wisconsin.

"Being out of position off the tee does not help", he said.

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