Rickie Fowler leads US Open on day of highs and lows

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. Diaz had to be at Erin Hills for the 6:45 a.m. start and wait until Mickelson's tee time at 2:20 p.m.in case anyone else had pulled out with injury.

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011, but was a combined 50 over par for his seven other appearances before this week and missed the cut at Oakmont a year ago following rounds of 77 and 71.

Play started on Friday in similarly calm conditions, with only gentle breezes blowing across the sprawling 7,441-yard par-72 layout.

But heavy rain, which has softened greens and made fairways more forgiving, levelled the playing field dramatically.

Fowler, teeing off on the 10th, was quickly into his stride with back-to-back birdies on his second and third holes.

Rust was more of an issue, he added.

No one took advantage like Fowler.

Schauffele, ranked 352nd in the world, launched his second round with a par after an opening 66 on Thursday.

"But I won't limit myself to just that". Some brilliant players have a lot of ground to make up but I fancy they'll struggle. Given they're on the same score, I'm a little surprised to see him trading at a bigger price than Lee Westwood and at the same price as Bernd Wiesberger.

Paul Casey declared himself satisfied with a "roller-coaster" second round at the U.S. Open, which saw him break par despite dropping five shots in four holes on his first nine.

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"I don't want to say it comes easy, but I've done it a few times this year, so I'm not uncomfortable when I get into that three or four birdies in a row". After his lone birdie, another tee shot went into the fescue left of the fairway, and he had to two-putt from 55 feet just to escape with bogey on No. 17.

Of those on five-under-par, and just two off the lead, Brooks Koepka looks menacing but I'm not sure he represents value at [14.0] but I'm ruing not taking the [44.0] available yesterday afternoon about Tommy Fleetwood.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia meanwhile was lurking five off the lead after a two-under-par 70. "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".

The 47-year-old South African posted a two-under-par 71. Winged Foot is where he made a double bogey on the final hole to lose by one.

"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.

"There were a couple of loose swings out there, but when you shoot 65, you can take those", he said.

Thursday's opening round began with drama off the course after a blimp hovering near the venue crashed. He hammered it as hard as he could and looked up toward the sky to see where it went.

Sheriff's officials said the pilot was the only one on board.

Mary Ruediger, 45, was visiting her parents who live along an access road to the golf course and spotted the blimp going down.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us". "I felt awful for the people inside. I know that. It doesn't change the way I approach the course".

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