US Open 2017: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day to miss cut

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

Rory McIlroy is trying to make a run as he closes out his second round at the U.S Open.

This might have been more than anyone was expecting.

It was only a year ago at Oakmont that Andrew Landry, who had to make it through two stages of qualifying to get into his first U.S. Open, shared the 36-hole lead with Dustin Johnson. None has ever won a major, and neither have the next 14 players behind them.

This year's U.S. Open, though, is taking that to another level.

McIlroy's playing partner and former world No 1 Jason Day finished nine over following a 75.

It was the first time since the world ranking began in 1986 that the top three players missed the cut in any major. Jon Rahm. Justin Rose. Hopefully, with the sports world still watching, lots of golf left to play and the negative storylines perhaps all used up, the U.S. Open at Erin Hills can successfully continue and finish up far better than it started. That score had him six strokes back of the lead and in 21st spot as of 1 p.m.

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. He and Casey were joined by Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, who each had 70.

Harman, a St. Simons Island resident who carded a 67 on Thursday, made birdies Friday at Nos.

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011 and claimed his second major title in the US PGA the following year.

Harman was the first left-handed victor of the Wells Fargo Championship and first left-hander to win on the PGA Tour since Greg Chalmers at the 2016 Barracuda Championship.

It's been a series of unfortunate events for this U.S. Open, to be sure, some of which were probably unavoidable.

"I missed the cut, but I'm optimistic going forward".

The double bogey at 13 dropped Schauffele out of the lead at 5 under, two shots back of Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey.

It's the weekend of the 117th playing of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Erin Hills, an 11-year-old course with zero pedigree.

In fact, that's 15 more than the top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend. Only a half-dozen of them have even experienced Sunday contention in golf's biggest events.

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

Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in the U.S. Open, and the first with a score of 9 under. About all that save Erin Hills from another onslaught was a forecast for the strongest wind of the week. Then, on Thursday night, news surfaced that a hydration station on the course was found to have evidence of E. coli in its water, which alarmed some fans, though there were no reports of anyone contracting the infection and free bottled water was being offered Friday. There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick.

However, he was still well outside the top 100 at five over, with only the top 60 and ties making the weekend.

Despite missing his birdie putt, the crowd again gave Stricker a rousing round of applause as would have to anxiously await his fate toward the cut line.

At five over par, McIlroy was four shots outside the projected cut mark, while Scotland's Richie Ramsay was one shot outside after shooting a second consecutive 73.

"I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did", he said.

Last April, I was lucky enough to make the journey down to Augusta, Georgia for "A Tradition Unlike Any Other", the 2016 Masters golf tournament.

And Day was even worse off, a 75 leaving him tied for 150th.

"I showed up for the last six holes at least", joked McIlroy, who posted four birdies along his closing stretch.

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to ideal. "I took advantage of it the last few days".

A 94-year-old man died Friday during the second round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man". "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".

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