Top 3 miss US Open cut, 4-way tie for the lead

Pardon the gallows humor.

Day shot a 75 for a two-day total of 10-over 154, ending at 17 the longest active streak of making the cut in the majors.

McIlroy, the reigning FedExCup champ, fared slightly better. He made four birdies over the last six holes to salvage a 71, but he still missed the cut for the second straight year. Alas, due to his struggles on Thursday when he shot 78, McIlroy finished at 5 over and suffered the same fate as Day. After all, the U.S. Open has a lengthy history of getting the last laugh and this championship is only at the halfway mark.

Xander Schauffele briefly grabbed a share of the lead by birdieing the fifth but bogeyed the ninth, as Casey racked up five straight gains around the turn to rejoin the tie at the top.

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011, but was a combined 50 over par for his seven other appearances before this week and missed the cut at Oakmont previous year following rounds of 77 and 71.

McIlroy, the No. 2 player in the world, also arrived last Friday having missed the last month to rest a nagging rib injury.

Johnson, who had bullishly expected to do well on a course he believed to be perfectly suited to his game, admitted he was surprised to be out after only 36 holes.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us", Dustin Johnson said. But you never really know until you put a card in your hand and you're under the gun little bit.

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Casey flew the back of the green with his third shot and finding deep rough but could only move his ball some six inches.

McIlroy collected himself and played the final six holes at an impressive four under, including a near-ace on No. 9, but it was too little, too late, after he repeatedly squandered quality looks early.

"I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme".

He recovered to drain a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-three 13th, but thereafter was unable to build any momentum over the remainder of the opening nine holes.

The round of the day came from Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who ended at five-under after a round of 65 propelled him into contention to win his first major title.

Johnson blamed a failure to generate anything with his putter for his woes.

"I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did", said Johnson, who will not play again until next month's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. "This is all new for me, just trying to do the best I can". "I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week".

A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole. "I had to hit it all".

BUSY BADGER: No break for Steve Stricker after the U.S. Open. Plus, his usually stellar short game deserted him, as he failed to get up-and-down several times in his two rounds.

"I did the work, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course", he said.

He still had his worst score in a U.S. Open.

"The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive", he said.

"Guess what? We get to go home today because Daddy played poorly", Day said to his son, Dash, before walking over to sign autographs.



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