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Paul Casey rides roller-coaster to share of lead at U.S. Open as world’s high three head house early

ERIN, Wis. — Erin Hills fought again on Friday and the world’s high three gamers received’t be round for the weekend on the U.S. Open.

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After a document variety of scores below par throughout Thursday’s first spherical, anybody who is aware of the USGA’s type knew issues wouldn’t be fairly as easy in Friday’s Spherical 2. A day after Rickie Fowler’s 7-under opening spherical, that very same rating continues to be main but it surely’s shared by 4 gamers — not together with Fowler, who shot a 1-over 73 to sit down one again.

The leaders are Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood. Of the group, it was Casey who had the wildest day. The Englishman shot a 1-under 71, however needed to struggle again from two bogeys and a triple bogey in his first six holes.

“It’s not every single day you take pleasure in a spherical of golf with an eight on the cardboard,” Casey stated. “However I’m a fairly completely satisfied man.”

Casey birdied 5 holes in a row after the tough stretch and was the primary participant within the clubhouse at 7-under. He stated that his 16 years of expertise is what allowed him to maintain the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th gap.

“It was an excellent show, all my very own fault, however an excellent show of what can occur if you happen to get out of place on this golf course,” he stated. “Even simply attempting to take my medication was very, very tough. It’s an excellent eight in the long run.”

Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood all shot matching 2-under 70s to affix Casey at 7-under.

Whereas Erin Hills was nonetheless not taking part in as tough as many previous U.S. Open programs, it was starting to agency up from the early week rain, plus the USGA had a couple of tips up its sleeve.

“The greens have been nonetheless receptive to good pictures, however they have been firmer and sooner,” stated Fowler. “Errors received exaggerated just a little bit extra. There have been a few dicey pin placements on the market that you simply needed to be cautious about, but it surely was nonetheless scoreable.”

The most important transfer of the day got here from Hideki Matsuyama. The world’s fourth-ranked participant birdied six of his first eight holes, taking pictures 6-under 30 going out. With yet one more birdie on the again 9, Matsuyama carded a glowing 7-under 65, matching Fowler for the low spherical of the week. The Japanese star started the day at 2-over par and is now 5-under and simply two pictures again of the lead.

“I actually haven’t been hitting the ball properly as of late,” Matsuyama stated. “To shoot an excellent spherical like at this time, I’m definitely wanting ahead to the weekend.”

Matsuyama would be the top-ranked participant at Erin Hills over the subsequent two days after Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day all did not make the reduce. Johnson (+4) can’t be too upset to be travelling house to California to see his new child child. It’d sting just a little extra for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who performed in the identical group and stated after their spherical that they have been consoling one another alongside the best way. McIlroy expressed fondness for Erin Hills regardless of heading house early.

“Not your typical U.S. Open setup, however I’m a giant fan,” McIlroy stated. “I feel it’s going to provide a very nice champion.”

It was McIlroy’s first match since taking break day to are likely to a recurring rib harm. Day, nonetheless, stated he felt able to go earlier than flaming out early.

“It’s been the very best preparation going into a serious, I felt like, in my profession,” he stated.

Tied with Fowler at 6-under par are Jamie Lovemark and J.B. Holmes.

Canadian Adam Hadwin is tied for 24th at 2-under par after double bogeying the 17th gap on Friday for a 2-over 74. Regardless of the bumpy end, he’s a assured man heading into the weekend.

“I used to be sticking to the identical gameplan, I used to be doing the identical issues,” stated Hadwin, of Abbotsford, B.C. “(On Thursday), I simply hit some pictures shut and made some putts. Right now, I sort of needed to grind a bit on the entrance 9 to maintain myself in it”

Corey Conners, of Listowel, Ont., shot his second straight 76 to complete at 8-over par and miss the reduce.

jmccarthy@postmedia.com

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