4-Way Tie For 1st Place After 2 Rounds of US Open

The biggest move of the day came from Hideki Matsuyama.

"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", he said.

But then, starting at 17, he reeled off five straight birdies.

There's a four-way tie for the lead at the U.S. Open.

There are 23 golfers within four shots of the lead and 42 players under par. PGA champion Jimmy Walker missed the cut as he continues to recover from Lyme Disease.

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 past year following rounds of 77 and 71.

This assortment at the top was made possible when the wheels momentarily came off Fowler's game after his lights-out, record-setting 65 at Erin Hills on Thursday.

"It's just golf. It's frustrating but I don't let it bother me". He missed the 15-footer.

And then, Fowler took a bogeys at Nos.

He was at 7-under 137, two shots clear of anyone else who played early in warm sunshine on a course that getting dry and crispy.

It didn't for Rory McIlroy, either.

"It's a great round and nine under is awesome in U.S. Open pressure", he said.

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"It's been an off-week for me with the putting", said the former world No.1, whose back nine of 40 included a double-bogey seven on the 18th. Fowler started on No. 1 made the turn at 2 under after a pair of birdies. Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, playing together, were tied for fourth at 6 under.

"Guess what?" he said to 4-year-old Dash.

Justin Thomas is congratulated by his caddie after an eagle on 18 gave him a 9-under 63. No other information was provided. Fellow-countryman Graeme McDowell follows him out of the tournament, joined by the likes of Jason Dufner, Jason Day and Danny Willett - who withdrew due to the recurrence of a back injury.

Erin Hills is built on a sprawling 652-acre property and the course can be stretched to almost 8,000 yards.

The player who turned the U.S. Open into a soap opera of sorts the previous two years won't be around for the weekend this time. "But, obviously, I enjoyed going low". Players noticed firmer greens that were allowing putts to race past the hole.

"We're going to have a good time", Fowler said. As I've gotten older, I've gotten a little farther, but a lot more straighter.

Paul Casey has a share of the lead heading into the third round.

McIlroy has birdied three of his last four holes. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge.

And, although McIlroy also recorded a 71 thanks to four birdies in his last six holes, the damage had already been done by a 78 on Thursday, when a record 44 players had broken par in the benign conditions.

With the superstars out of it and the scores nosediving, is that good for the U.S. Open? This one he'd rather forget.

He bogeyed the 10th hole when he hit a bad second shot right of the green. His drive appeared to sail into the rough.