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Missed fairways leave McIlroy in rough shape at US Open

Nathaniel Diaz | 17 June, 2017, 11:27

For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos. This comes two weeks after he missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament.

Newly branded as the "ultimate test in golf", the US Open has always been famed for its toughness and Erin Hills, the longest ever layout for a US Open, was expected to add to that hard-man reputation. "If I don't three-putt, I shoot even".

He added: "It doesn't matter how good you hit it, if you struggle on the greens, there's nothing you can do".

Holmes has done a good job of that through two rounds of the 117 U.S. Open.

Joining them with a weekend off - British Open champion Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

Day at least managed to find one positive spin.

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That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.

That made the 75 shot by the world's best golfer, Dustin Johnson, look a bit less shabby. I just kept making putts when it mattered.

He never would have guessed it.

"All in all, I've got to be happy", Els said.

It didn't for McIlroy, either.

McIlroy, playing for the first time in a month to rest a nagging rib injury, finally got it going when it was too late. He loved Erin Hills, a course with wide fairways between the knee-high fescue that he figured would allow him to attack. He hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation and 12 of 14 fairways.

Westwood's 69 was just the third time the former world number one has broken 70 in the first round of the US Open, with his lowest score of 67 coming past year. And even that was frustrating.

Six of the last ten winners have been in front at halfway, two have sat second and one third and nine of the ten have been leading or within one of the lead. McIlroy shot 71 and finished at 5 over after 36 holes despite shooting 4 under on his final six holes.

The 28-year-old's seven-under-par total matched the lowest to par score ever carded in the opening round of a US Open, a record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf since the 1980 tournament. That still didn't appear to be almost enough.

Phil Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open field on Thursday to attend his daughter's high school graduation in California.

"It was a good display - all my own fault - but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", Casey said. "Looking forward to the next two days".

His schedule will pick up immediately.

"I was thinking about that coming down the last few holes, wondering if I was close", he said.

Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills. Here if you can hit it long and straight, it's a great advantage. But he wasn't doing much of anything right, especially off the tee.

Another warm, dry day is drying out the course during the second round of the U.S. Open, and the players are noticing a difference.

"If we can't hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home". By the end of the round, once you get through six or seven of those misses and the hole starts to look smaller and smaller ... and then it looked like I was putting at half a cup.

"Being out of position off the tee does not help", he said.

Both Johnson and Spieth insisted they did not plan to change strategy for Friday's second round. He won't play again until the British Open.

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