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Golf spectator passes away at US Open

19 June 2017

At five over par, McIlroy was four shots outside the projected cut mark, while playing partner and former world number on Jason Day finished nine over following a 75.

What would winning the U.S. Open do for him?

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 might have been more than anyone was expecting. "It would certainly be very special to be the low am, but I think that will just come with how I play".

Then again, none of the top 16 on the leaderboard has ever won a major. He now is a combined 43 over par in 18 U.S. Open rounds since winning the tournament at Congressional in 2011. We saw Rory McIlroy nearly ace it with a wedge shot that dropped right on top of the flag and stuck.

The top three players in the world have never missed the cut in the same major dating to when the world ranking began in 1986.

Henrik Stenson. Alex Noren.

Ironically, Erin Hills, the newest jewel in the Wisconsin golf scene, hasn't been Stricker's best friend this week.

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His 13-foot putt for birdie at the par-5 seventh moved him to 3 under for the day and 4 under for the tournament. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for a 70.

Casey, Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood have yet to tee off. The Canadian was 100 feet away for birdie on No. 6 and burned the edge of the cup on that one, except that it ran by some 7 feet and he three-putted for bogey. "So that just kind of gave me a confidence boost, knowing I can hit those shots". I birdied four of the last six. The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend have combined for zero majors.

The 32-year-old American star had arrived at Erin Hills brimming with confidence, buoyed by the birth on Monday of his second son, and ready to tear into a course suited to his big-hitting game.

Now consider that the largest 36-hole comeback in U.S. Open history was 11 shots by Lou Graham in 1975.

While Augusta National is surrounded with lovely foliage from the original 365-acre Fruitland Nurseries property and adorned with white sand bunkers, that's far from the case at Erin Hills.

During Thursday's first round, a commercial blimp above a neighbouring field to Erin Hills - in place for the tournament - caught fire and fell from the sky with the pilot receiving hospital treatment for burns.

The USGA says 94-year-old man appeared to have died of natural causes. After a chip to 8 feet and a missed double-bogey putt, Casey's snowman was complete. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did". "So it's pretty simple, I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".

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McIlroy could at least take heart from a strong finish on Friday, which saw him birdie four of the last six holes.

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

"I started to let it go a little bit on the back nine and showed what I can do". But I'm looking forward to getting the job done.

Danny Willett, the Masters champion in 2016, withdrew before the start of the second round with a back injury.

Casey laid up in the rough, took two chops to get out of more rough behind the 14th green, and staggered away with a triple-bogey 8 that might have ruined his day at Erin Hills.

Paul Casey's birdie run is over.

"I just played bad golf, man", Day said.

Casey was so calm that his playing competitor, Justin Thomas, didn't even notice the roller coaster Casey was on.

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