Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead

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No doubt, the packed leader board bodes for a wild weekend at Erin Hills, with Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka tied for the second-round lead at 7-under-par 137.

With the entire field separated by just eight shots after the cut fell at one over, 2015 victor Jordan Spieth had hoped to get himself into contention, but struggled to a 76. But his five-over finish was well short of the one-over cut, the lowest in U.S. Open history.

Lowry's front nine nearly saw the Esker Hills golfer play his way out of the tournament as he posted four bogeys with just the one shot gained.

Spieth struggled to find any level of consistency Friday, as he finished the round with three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars. I did the work, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course. "It sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today".

By the end of the day, that wasn't even the most shocking number.

Following a mini-meltdown on his front nine, where he dropped five shots in four holes, including an 8 on the par-five 14th, the Englishman bounced back with five birdies in a row.

"That fifth shot on the 18th was the best shot all day". The next one went long, he chipped up to 12 feet and took two putts from there.

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Casey, who had shot a six-under-par 66 on Thursday, came unstuck with a disastrous triple-bogey eight on the 14th after teeing off on the 10th hole. He loved Erin Hills, a course with wide fairways between the knee-high fescue that he figured would allow him to attack. With wind a nonfactor, a red-number logjam emerged on the first page of the leaderboard with two rounds to play in the second major of the season. It doesn't need to be too much of a change for this golf course to play pretty hard.

Amazingly it could have been even better if not for bogeys on the fourth and 10th, as well as a missed eagle putt from six feet on the 15th after he had driven the green on the 288-yard par four. "So I switched it around and it's a very different feel after the first few holes".

Casey took his place amongst the leading group after recovering from an early implosion that sent him plunging down the leaderboard.

"I just hit a three-wood a touch left on 11, and I had to try and hit something out of the rough, and ended up in a tough spot behind the green", Fowler said.

Yet for comparison's sake, at the Masters in April, four of the final top 10 players on the leaderboard had previously won a major championship, and that didn't include the newest member of the Green Jacket club, Sergio Garcia. "The scoring was so good this morning". "But I'm a pretty happy man". "Then three-putt the next two holes. And I had a good time". He was in California for his daughter's high-school graduation, hopeful for enough of a weather delay to jet across the country to Wisconsin.

Erin Hills was drenched by almost an inch of rain overnight, but many of those out early on Saturday still found scoring to be hard.

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