No drama this time: DJ bids an early farewell at US Open


Also playing in the afternoon was Dustin Johnson, the defending champion and No. 1 player in the world, who opened with a 75.

McIlroy will not be involved over the weekend at Erin Hills after adding a second-round 71 to his opening 78 to sit five over par - well outside the projected cut line.

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

"I would think they want to change a few things, " he said. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did". In fact, the Chambers Bay greens are in the process of being converted from fine fescue to poa annua, a more natural grass for the northwest. He missed the cut at last year's PGA and withdrew from this year's Masters after falling down a staircase.

Triple-bogeys have a way of sinking a round, but somehow that wasn't the situation for Paul Casey on Friday at the U.S. Open.

"I think at the end of the day, it's competitive rounds and get the card in my hand", McIlroy said.

The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.

"It's just golf. It's frustrating".

But that was met with a swift response from McIlroy who wrote "More like 200mil... not bad for a "bored" 28 year old... plenty more where that came from" and posted a screenshot of his Wikipedia entry which lists some of his achievements in the game.

"It felt great. Clearly the game plan is pretty good", he said about his run of birdies that began at 17 and raged on through the turn. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"I started to let it go a little bit on the back nine". He said he'll play a lot and work on his putting in advance of the British Open at Royal Birkdale next month.

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In all, eight of the top 12 players in the world missed the cut, including Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott. Southpaws have won every major except the U.S. Open.

Fowler has the best chance, even though he lost so much ground over the final two hours.

Both players liked the course, but put their performance down to a lack of execution.

"She's hurting, I don't know if she'll be able to caddie next week", he said.

"As long as I can get in them, I'll play them, " he said. He missed almost two months at the start of the year when he was diagnosed with a slight rib fracture, and then the latest break after The Players Championship. "I was a little anxious starting out yesterday and it caught up to me".

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us".

McIlroy has a hectic schedule again.

Joining Matsuyama two shots back is an eclectic mix that includes PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele (73), amateur Cameron Champ (69), 36-year-old PGA Tour veteran Brandt Snedeker (69) and 21-year-old South Korean Kim Si-woo (70), the youngest player to win the Players Championship. After another week, it's the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship. His best finish came in his first start at the event in 2013, when he tied for 10th at Merion.

"I put it in the wrong places".

The scores keep getting lower and the names keep revolving atop the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.

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