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A record number of golfers shot under par through 36 holes, yet the top three golfers in the world - Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy - all missed the cut.

For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos.

Casey's opening 66 had left him a shot off the pace and he swiftly joined Fowler in the lead with a birdie from close range on the 11th, his second hole of the day, only to bogey the next and run up a triple-bogey on the 14th.

He three-putted on No. 13.

Koepka made a lightning start with four birdies in his first seven holes on the back nine, as Fowler picked up a shot at the seventh to put the pair all-square at nine under.

Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka are out in front on seven under par.

Paul Casey discovered how little it takes to make a big number in the U.S. Open.

Scores on Friday after second round of the 117th US Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, Wisconsin.

Jon Rahm. Justin Rose.

"As we all know, this game's all about putting", he said.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.

Day, who had made the cut at every major since the 2012 PGA Championship, followed up his opening round 79 with a 75, leaving the Australian anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at 10-over.

The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue. "And unfortunately, this didn't pan out".

It didn't for McIlroy, either. He hit 12 of the 14 fairways in the second round, and one of the misses came on No. 15, when he was in desperation mode and tried to drive the green on the 357-yard hole. "I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup". And even that was frustrating. I birdied four of the last six - I probably could have birdied all of the last six.

And at this U.S. Open, he showed how a quick recovery is never too far away. Johnson came in with 73, but that was not almost enough, as he finished at 4-over 148 when 145 or better was needed to advance.

The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year.

"I feel like I'm striking it very well".

Asked if he would have been able to recover from such a mistake earlier in his career, Casey added: "In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, so probably not!"

His schedule will pick up immediately. He'll play Travelers, then head overseas to play the Irish Open, Scottish Open and British Open.

"Obviously, I'm not here on the weekend, so it's unfortunate", Day said. Temperatures at Erin Hills on Friday reached the low 80s, under sunny skies with a light breeze. And I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme. "The execution was not there". He'll head home to spend time with his son, River Jones Johnson, who was born Monday. He'll return at next month's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

With only eight shots separating top to bottom going into the weekend, someone from way back has a chance to make up ground in a hurry.

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