The wrong kind of US Open history: Top 3 all miss cut

The cut was at an unusually low one over par this year, meaning that the whole field is covered by just eight shots.

A trio of golfers are at five under, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka. Holmes join Fowler a shot back and five other players are within two shots of the lead. It was the first time since the official world rankings began in 1986 that the top three all missed the cut in a major.

It was another picture ideal day as golfers started the second round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Big hitters Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day were expected to thrive on the wide open fairways of Erin Hills.

After weeks of pouring his heart and soul into qualifying for the first U.S. Open played in Wisconsin, Madison's Steve Stricker was right where he wanted to be after the tournament's second round.

It helps that he made five consecutive birdies, just one short of the tournament record held by three players, including Adam Hadwin, who made six straight birdies in the first round Thursday.

"Not your typical U.S. Open setup, but I'm a big fan", McIlroy said.

"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", said the four-times major victor, who made four birdies on his second nine, including his finishing hole, the par-three ninth. Spieth never wandered into negative numbers on the front nine, posting only two birdies the entire day (he has six on the week).

There's a four-way tie for the lead at the U.S. Open. I knew going into it that it was either going to go in or be close to going in.

Tall fescue grass on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes at Erin Hills was being cut on Tuesday as McIlroy spoke to the media, which caught the 2011 champion by surprise.

"I really like this golf course", Johnson insisted.

Day, at 10 over, said, "I mean, the scores were out there".

Lowry's front nine nearly saw the Esker Hills golfer play his way out of the tournament as he posted four bogeys with just the one shot gained. I got out of position, but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week. The next one went long, he chipped up to 12 feet and took two putts from there.

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

Casey also dropped a shot on the 15th but regained his composure to birdied the 17th and 18th - the latter playing 676 yards - to get back to four under par.

"It is going to be great as I've never done this before", he said looking ahead to the weekend. After another week off, he will play the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship.

But Koepka was even better, carding four birdies on his bogey-free outward nine as both players settled in at nine-under with nine to play. "But I've enjoyed this experience. So I just need to go home, relax a little bit, hang out with the family and I'll see you at the Open Championship in a month".

Then he exited stage left, stopped to sign a couple golf balls for the patrolmen who followed him for the second round, and checked his cell phone as he walked up the hill and toward the locker room for the last time this week.