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Brooks Koepka

The biggest surprise at the U.S. Open on Friday was not who was leading but who was leaving.

Dustin Johnson, the defending champion, who was trying to become the first player since Curtis Strange in 1988-89 to win consecutive Opens, failed to make it to the weekend, followed his opening-round 75 with a 73 Friday to finish 4-over. "Pitchers have good days and bad days and I took an L today".

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! I just happened to be in the flawless spot". I missed another one on four from about three feet, but I didn't feel like I was hitting bad putts, I was just misreading them.

With the cut on another low-scoring day coming at one over, Johnson seemed poised to scrape into the weekend after three birdies and a bogey left him at two under, one over outright, midway through his second round.

Johnson put his weekend in jeopardy after missing a 6-footer for par on the par-3 13th.

On Sunday, the Abbotsford, B.C., native made three double bogeys in a row beginning at the eighth hole and finished the championship at nine-over par, with an eight-over final round of 80.

At least he'll have plenty of company at the airport.

None of the top 18 players on the leaderboard have won a major championship before and stars such as world number two Rory McIlroy and Australia s Jason Day both missed the cut.

"I'm optimistic with where my game is", he said.

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McIlroy meanwhile said a new putter being used for the tournament was not the problem. This game's all about putting, so it's pretty simple, I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough.

After weeks of pouring his heart and soul into qualifying for the first U.S. Open played in Wisconsin, Madison's Steve Stricker was right where he wanted to be after the tournament's second round.

Jordan Spieth wasn't part of the high-profile horde of players that missed the cut at Erin Hills. He just won't play on the weekend at the U.S. Open. He missed a six-foot putt on his last hole, which would have given him sole possession of the lead. No penalty was assessed, but after officials saw the video, they thought one might be called for.

In total, seven players managed to hit all 14 fairways in either round one or round two at the US Open this year. He ended up winning by three.

Also at 11 under was Tommy Fleetwood, who was poised to take the lead until his pitch came up short, his next shot went 60 feet down a slope on the back of the 18th green and he turned potential birdie into bogey and settled for a 68.

Fowler came back to birdie the par-3 ninth to get back to one shot back. However, back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes dropped him back to even-par for the day."The course is, I would say, a few shots harder than it was (Thursday)", Stricker said. "I had to hit it all". It was the lowest third-round score in Open history. I got out of position, but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler had people watching on the edge of their seats on Friday, but appeared to play far too conservatively.

"I'm sure mama's waiting for me to get home so I can help her out", Johnson said of his girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky.

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