McIlroy, Day try to make up ground, make cut at US Open

He took a step in the right direction Friday at Erin Hills.

Johnson is trying to become the first player to go back-to-back at the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange in 1988-89. He's finished in the top five of all four, coming in second at the US and British Opens of 2014.

Mickelson figured he would need at least a four-hour delay at Erin Hills, where the course has been closed twice in the last three days because of thunderstorms. Casting aside his own advice, he chose to stay for another day at the U.S. Open. Recent history is on his side, too, as there have been six consecutive first-time major winners - Jason Day, Danny Willett, Johnson, Stenson, Jimmy Walker and Garcia.

Early on, Erin Hills is giving Jon Rahm fits. A good round tomorrow can get me into that position, even if the leaders reach double-digits. He missed the 15-footer. The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990. No matter how fast you start or how many birdies you make, the pars are the ones that keep you in it. Fowler started on No. 1 made the turn at 2 under after a pair of birdies.

The 47-year-old South African posted a two-under-par 71. No other information was provided.

Everyone expects the U.S. Open to get harder as the week goes on because it usually does.

NOTEWORTHY: Phil Mickelson withdrew, as expected, to attend his daughter's graduation in California.

It sounds as if Erin Hills is becoming more challenging with each passing minute. Early on, No. 18 had surrendered 11 birdies and was playing as the easiest hole on the course.

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

Harris English is 4 under after a second-round 69.

He opened with a tricky par save on the par-4 10th hole, getting up and down from a sliver of tangled rough after he hit his approach past the green. "The scoring was so good this morning". "There's a lot of golf to be played".

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Another U.S. Open first for Xander Schauffele. His drive appeared to sail into the rough. Talor Gooch got to 3 under but bogeyed the par-5 seventh to fall back into the tie.

OK, this is his first U.S. Open. "Chose to lay up and hit it to six feet".

Johnson was playing alongside Jordan Spieth, who was also two under for the day after five and one under overall.

Also back in the mix: the mighty Paul Casey.

Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie both shot the rounds of the day, posting seven-under 65s to move to five and four under respectively.

The 21-year-old Kim is charging up the leaderboard in the second round of the U.S. Open.

Leishman won the US PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. He is 3 under for the tournament.

Undaunted, Fowler responded with a mammoth 51-foot putt for birdie on the eighth to reclaim a share of the lead. But that wasn't the problem. So it made a decision to trim the thickest rough on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes. His ball landed on the green and only rolled out about 10 feet.

Just about as pleased with his day's work - eventually - was Adam Scott.

It's good to be Rickie Fowler. He doesn't play until Friday afternoon.

It seems doubtful that Love IV can actually mount a challenge to win this weekend, but he could make the cut and make some noise.

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