US Open: How the Irish have fared on Day 2

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US Open: How the Irish have fared on Day 2

And Casey was joined at the end of play by compatriot Tommy Fleetwood, and United States duo Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman on seven under par.

Erin Hills was drenched by almost an inch of rain overnight, but many of those out early on Saturday still found scoring to be hard.

Count former Taylor County and University of Kentucky star J.B. Holmes among those in the mix. "You never know what one shot's going to count for".

The 30-year-old Harman has five top-10 finishes and two victories since joining the tour in 2012, most recently at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. When you're trying to aim at a target usually at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure in hitting the fairway.

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", he said. I got off to a good start but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on. More important, he was happy with how he played Friday and remained optimistic that he could carry that over to the weekend.

When asked, Harman said that he plays with a proverbial chip on his shoulder. It's hard to make a lot of birdies for me around here. You've got 156 of the best players in the world here.

In all, 32 players are within five shots of the lead.

Jason Day had two triple-bogeys and posted a 79, his worst score ever at a US Open.

American Justin Thomas capped a record-setting third-round with a sensational eagle at the last at the U.S. Open on Saturday, moving closer to adding a maiden major title to an already glorious season of golf.

"It's still golf", he said. You've still got to make a score. Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it. He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left.

And then there is Rickie Fowler, also one back. I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes.

McIlroy, as well as Day, will play the Travelers Championship near Hartford, Conn., next week as he gears up for the British Open. His seven-under-par tied the record to par for the first round of a US Open held by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who each shot seven-under 63 at Baltusrol in 1980. Today really kind of stayed the same.

I wanted to experience our first U.S. Open more than anything here in our state. Big hitters Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day were expected to thrive on the wide open fairways of Erin Hills, hosting Wisconsin's first US Open.

Johnson was hitting it so well that he appeared to be safe even when he was on the cut line.

That victory was redemption after 2015 when, on the bumpy, much-criticized greens at Chambers Bay, he three-putted from 8 feet on the final hole to give away the win, then the tie. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did. And I just unfortunately didn't execute".

McIlroy sealed his fate at the turn when he failed to build momentum that could have sparked a late run.

It was the second straight year McIlroy missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

Starting the day in a respectable position of even-par, Adam Scott sealed his exit with a disappointing 75.

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