Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

Rory Mcilroy

It's a different version of a U.S. Open.

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. 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.

Koepka had the lead until he turned a birdie chance into a bogey on the par-5 first hole after making the turn. "I took advantage of it the last few days". "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".

QUOTABLE: "I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts, and that's what happened on 15".

Joining Johnson, McIlroy, Day and Willett in going home early are a host of fellow big names.

Last year's victor and world number one Johnson, who arrived late in Wisconsin after staying in California for the birth of his second child, added a one-over-par 73 to his opening 75 to finish on four-over 148, three off the cut line.

Thomas, decked out in shocking fluorescent pink trousers, produced a no less electric performance that featured nine birdies, two bogeys and was capped with a record-smashing eagle at the par-five 18th to complete the best single round in US Open history, in relation to par.

McIlroy was never in the short grass from the 11th hole to the end on Thursday when he opened with a career-worst 78, and he didn't do almost enough in the second round until it was far too late.

This was almost a carbon copy of McIlroy's showing at last year's tournament.

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"Show up for the last six holes, anyway", McIlroy said. Amateur Cameron Champ is on an identical score after another under-par round for the 22-year-old, while Si Woo Kim, Xander Schauffele and Brandt Snedeker are also two shots back and well placed.

Steve Stricker has had a smile the size of Hole 18 on his face all week at Erin Hills.

South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, roared into contention going six-under through 16 holes to sit one shot back alongside American Patrick Reed who was also putting together an impressive scorecard going five-under with four to play.

And yet, Thomas won't even walk to the first tee box tomorrow with the lead.

Casey did his part to set the pace, even after his triple bogey.

Casey laid up in the rough on the par-5 14th hole. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

Tommy Fleetwood looked like he would be ahead of Thomas and maybe in the lead until he made a sloppy bogey at the last. "Even just trying to take my medicine was very, very hard. It's a good 8 in the end".

But a weather shift that is expected to hit for Sunday's final round may add a twist to a tournament that hasn't yet experienced U.S. Open-like conditions. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68.

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