Four Sit Atop a Crowded Leaderboard at US Open

Four Sit Atop a Crowded Leaderboard at US Open

That increased the likelihood of a seventh successive major producing a first-time victor, although the likes of Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer - who claimed U.S. Open glory in 2014 - were handily placed four off the pace.

Englishman Paul Casey who had a share of the overnight lead, crashed down the leaderboard with a triple bogey to sit six off the pace with nine to play.

Holmes join Fowler a shot back and five other players are within two shots of the lead.

"We're in a good spot", Fowler said. "So, it should be a fun weekend".

The top two ranked players in the world, defending champion Dustin Johnson and 2011 US Open victor Rory McIlroy, also failed to make the cut.

This marks the first time the world's top-three ranked players have missed the cut in the same major. "Everything was in good shape".

Rory McIlroy's 71 wasn't enough and he'll miss the cut at five-over.

"As we all know, this game's all about putting", he said. If I can make four birdies around here, that would be pretty good. But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I'm not sure. Here if you can hit it long and straight, it's a great advantage.

Of the four, Fleetwood - who was ranked 188th in the world rankings as recently as last August, but now up to 32nd - is the only one never to have won in the United States. But after a blistering 7-under 65 to start the tournament, Fowler posted three straight bogeys on Nos.

Erin - World number one Dustin Johnson said he plans to take some time off with his family as he struggles to digest his US Open flop.

"I thought 63 was the number".

Brandt Snedeker, Players Championship victor Kim Si-woo, Xander Schauffele and amateur Cameron Champ are also two shots back at five under.

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There is no telling what the weekend will bring - starting with the weather, which includes a possibility of thunderstorms that could delay play and make the greens soft again.

With only eight shots separating top to bottom going into the weekend, someone from way back has a chance to make up ground in a hurry. "I've never done this before".

Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who shot a 1-under 71, says "I think the greens are getting U.S. Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain".

World No.9 Rickie Fowler has relinquished the lead during through the second round of the US Open on Friday.

"I started feeling a couple of rounds at Colonial like that, where I really felt like I was seeing the lines, I was confident going into it".

"I got a massive break", he said. "And I was proud I hung in there".

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.

"I've shown what can happen with one bad swing". "You've got to make putts".

It will be a different kind of moment, without the world's top three, and with the leading 12 having a combined zero major titles.

The 39-year-old was only able to move his fourth shot a matter of inches in heavy rough over the back of the green on the par five, before hacking out sideways and taking three putts from just off the green.

The last six majors have been taken by first-time winners.

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