Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

Fil-Aussie Jason Day, former champ Rory McIlroy miss cut at US Open

There were a lot of low scores Saturday.

That group does not include defending champion Dustin Johnson, who fell away in the second half of his round, while Rory McIlroy and John Rahm will both have a watching brief during the concluding rounds in Wisconsin.

At one time seven players were tied for the lead at seven-under and then again at eight-under with nobody able to gain separation until Thomas ripped a mighty three-wood second shot and then drained his eight-foot eagle putt at 18 sparking thundering roars from the massive gallery.

Day carded a three-over-par 75, leaving him 10-over, while Scott shot a 75 to sit at three-over.

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

Justin Thomas eagled 18 to get to 9-under 63, matching the major scoring record and breaking Johnny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.

The four players tied for the lead - Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood - created the largest 36-hole logjam in 43 years at the U.S. Open.

Cameron Champ watches his shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. He made the turn at 6-under 30, just one off the U.S. Open record of 29 for nine holes.

A U.S. Open short on big names - with a leaderboard that at times seemed like a phonebook of random people - found a bright star under a partially cloudy sky at Erin Hills.

With Father's Day on Sunday, a lot of families walked the fairways at Erin Hills Golf Course. Amateur Cameron Champ is on an identical score after another under-par round for the 22-year-old, while Si Woo Kim, Xander Schauffele and Brandt Snedeker are also two shots back and well placed.

"It's so nice to be playing on my anniversary that we're moving our anniversary officially this year to Tuesday", Cink said.

"It was a good day for me", Stricker said.

Zach Johnson holed an 8-foot putt on the par-3 ninth for his third birdie of the front nine.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler went 28 holes in a row without a bogey and then had three in a row, and this has really made the tournament very interesting.

"It's been an off-putting week for me", Spieth said. But I'm looking forward to getting the job done. Koepka had the outright lead with four holes left in his round before a bogey on the par-3 sixth hole.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone", Fowler said.

"This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish". Most observers will see his drop from the top spot on the first-round leaderboard and consider it a stumble, but that's a win right there.

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.



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