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Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

Not your typical U.S. Open setup, but I'm a big fan.

"It's a major, it means a lot to me", Johnson said. "If you hit the fairways, the scores are there". You can make a bogey kind of anywhere ... "I enjoyed the walk, the golf course is attractive but I just didn't execute".

"It's not easy by any means, it's the U.S. Open", he said. "I started to let it go a little bit on the back nine and I showed what I can do".

England's Paul Casey and compatriot Tommy Fleetwood were bunched on seven under alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman at the top.

Fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell was also expected to miss the cut, while Shane Lowry confessed after his opening 71 that the weight of expectation weighs heavy in an event like the US Open and he was better yesterday, despite admitting to some mental errors in a 74 that left him eight shots behind clubhouse leader Paul Casey on one-over par and sitting on the cutline as the evening wore on.

Westwood had bogeyed the third and fifth before a superb tee shot on the 239-yard sixth - which played as the most hard hole on Thursday - set up a birdie from 18 feet.

"If you look at the golf course and even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us", Johnson said. "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

Jamie Lovemark made a bomb for birdie on the 18th hole to shoot his second consecutive 69 and be tied for fifth, alongside Fowler and J.B. Holmes (69).

South Korea's Kim Si-Woo and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama were among five players on five under, which also included amateur Cameron Champ. "And I'm excited. I'm driving the ball really well".

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"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this", Day said. Besides his much improved putting, Hadwin credits his marriage and a change in attitude for his strong play this year.

None of the four players tied for the lead has ever won a major tournament.

And a day after 44 players finished under par to set the record for most sub-par rounds in the first round, 46 players signed for a sub-par round.

No matter who wins the 117th U.S. Open on Sunday, one of the tournament's enduring mysteries will be the curious effect Erin Hills Golf Course has had on golf's biggest names. A year ago, he missed the cut by two shots at Oakmont. No other U.S. Open has had a cut lower than +3.

With the world's top three ranked players - No.1 Dustin Johnson, No.2 Rory McIlroy and No.3 Jason Day - all missing the cut, the leaderboard was shorn of star power. Neither player came close to making the cut, and for the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking system began in 1986, the top three players in the world have been eliminated after 36 holes of a major championship.

"It was a good display, all my own fault, but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course", he said. I just struggled on the greens.

"It's just golf. It's frustrating". The forecast calls for rain and stiffening winds over the weekend. "It's got your attention on every hole, because you know if you miss the fairway, you're going to pay the price". If the storms stay away, Erin Hills could become a nasty beast.

"The golf course is great, it really is", said McIlroy.

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