Harris English is 4 under after a second-round 69.
McIlroy however, who is returning from a hip and back injury, put a courageous face on his second consecutive missed cut at a US Open following his exit at the halfway stage in 2016.
“Yeah, it’s a good spot to be in”, he said. “I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today”. He earned five top-10 finishes in six stroke-play events, with his tie for 35th at The Players Championship representing his only setback. Five players were two shots off the lead.
“The course will probably be longer. And again, it’s just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt”, said McIlroy.
Brendan Steele hits a drive on the fifth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. “Definitely had some mojo out there”.
Fifteen of the 18 holes had been cut within seven yards of the edge of the green and despite the 68-man field being separated by eight shots, only former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had been able to move into the top 15 after nearly four hours’ play.
Daugherty was 1 under going into Saturday, while Niebrugge and Gooch were 1 over.
A 94-year-old spectator has died at the U.S. Open.
Nineteen of the last 20 winners were within two shots of the lead through 36 holes. McIlroy is 6 over for the tournament, 13 shots back of leaders Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey.
Xander Schauffele had never made a bogey in the U.S. Open until the par-3 ninth hole at Erin Hills.
The U.S. Open is wide open going into the weekend.
Charley Hoffman is all by himself on top of the U.S. Open – for now. He advanced to Erin Hills after earning one of nine qualifying spots at the Memphis sectional tournament. “It’s tough out there”. What happened there? Why am I not at 7?’
Danny Willett has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a back injury. Willett had a bad opening round, shooting 9-over 81.
The performance of the 23-year-old from San Diego has been no less remarkable.
“Well another disappointing week comes to an end”, Willett posted on Twitter.
BUSY BADGER: No break for Steve Stricker after the U.S. Open. That’s been the case all week at Erin Hills. After another week, it’s the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship.
“Next week is for totally different purposes”.
“If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us”, Johnson said.
Steve Stricker is soaking up the warmest ovations of the third round in his home state of Wisconsin.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot of good golf in me, and that’s what I’m trying to do this week”, Stricker said.
This comes on the heels of a blimp catching fire and crashing down above the tournament on Thursday, and traces of E. coli being found in the drinking water at a hydration station near the 12th hole at the Erin Hills golf course earlier Friday. That station is closed.