2017 U.S. Open Round 2 live blog: Logjam atop the leaderboard at Erin Hills

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2017 U.S. Open Round 2 live blog: Logjam atop the leaderboard at Erin Hills

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2017 U.S. Open Round 2 live blog: Logjam atop the leaderboard at Erin Hills

The U.S. Open is underway!

We are tracking all of Friday’s second-round action. Follow along…

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8:25 p.m.: It’s official – The top three players in the world will miss the cut, with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy leaving Erin Hills early. Amazing. Buckle up for the weekend. Looks like it’s gonna be a wild one.

7:35 p.m.: Still a 4-way tie for the lead with Koepka, Harman, Fleetwood and Casey. Couple of groups finishing up on the course but the board looks relatively set for Saturday.

7:18 p.m.: Jamie Lovemark in with a birdie on 18 to shoot 69 for the second consecutive round. He’s 6 under and one off the lead. This weekend is going to be all sorts of wild.

7:05 p.m.: We’ve currently got a 4-way tie for the lead with Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood at 7 under. Rickie and J.B. Holmes at 6 under. Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth both hovering around the cut line with a few holes to play.

6:20 p.m.: Uh oh. Make it three straight bogeys for Fowler, who’s suddenly two shots off the lead and T-5 after 28 consecutive holes without a bogey. Such is golf. Conversely, Matsuyama just rolled in another birdie to get to 7 under through 13. Telling ya, we’re gonna see a 63 tonight.

6:11 p.m.: Make it back-to-back bogeys for Rickie Fowler, who falls into a tie for second alongside Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood at 7 under. Koepka the outright leader at 8 under. Seems like there are still about 30 guys who could win this thing right now. Wide open.

5:49 p.m.: We have a tie for first again after a Fowler bogey at 11, his first of the tournament. Fowler and Koepka co-lead at 8 under as Tommy Fleetwood continues to creep up the leaderboard. He’s just one back and T-2 alongside Paul Casey at 7 under.

5:28 p.m.: Outside of the featured groups right now, Chez Reavie is hosting a private birdie party. He’s 7 under through 11 on the day and 4 under overall. Between Reavie and Matsuyama we’re definitely on #63watch.

5:22 p.m.: Things have quieted for a bit now, with Matsuyama making par at 9 and Dustin Johnson missing some good birdie opportunities amid four straight pars to remain 1 over for the tournament. Fowler just stuck a great shot into the 10th green and will have a good look to get to 10 under and seize the outright lead again.

5:02 p.m.: We’ve been telling you for the past hour or so that Matsuyama isn’t screwing around and we mean it. Just dropped another birdie putt and he’s 6 under through 8. Let’s just say a special number Johnny Miller mentions on occasion isn’t out of the question right now.

4:40 p.m.: Whoa! Fowler just dropped an absolute bomb for birdie from off the green at No. 7. Incredible golf right now. That puts him back into a tie for the lead with Brooks Koepka at 9 under. In the other big-time group, Jordan Spieth is now 1 under for the week having birdied two of his first four holes. Looks like he’s got the flat stick working again.

4:23 p.m.: Brooks Koepka is the outright leader at 9 under. He has four birdies through seven holes and has kept his foot on the gas all afternoon. Fun to see him in this position.

4:20 p.m.: Matsuyama is killing it right now. Another birdie at No. 6, as he’s birdied four of his first six holes today to get to 2 under. Fowler just made a testy 5-footer for par to stay at 8 under through 6 and tied for the lead with Brooks Koepka.

4:03 p.m.: Brooks Koepka is absolutely rolling. He’s 3 under through five and just moved into a tie for the lead at 8 under. Fowler just left his birdie try short on No. 5 and will tap in for par before heading to the tricky par-3 6th, at which point he’ll surely find out the lead is no longer his alone.

3:55 p.m.: Back-to-back birdies for Dustin Johnson to start his round gets him to 1 over. Looks like low numbers are definitely a possibility this afternoon given the conditions and DJ is taking advantage thus far. Lest we forget, he made the cut on the number at the Wells Fargo last month and finished T-2. Just saying …

3:49 p.m.: Fowler in for par at No. 4 to stay at 8 under. Hideki Matsuyama is on a tear, he’s at 1 under after making birdie on three of his first four holes and turning his tournament around in a hurry.

3:37 p.m.: Spieth and Johnson are both in for birdie at one, getting Spieth back to even par and Johnson to 2 over. Fowler parred No. 3 and remains the solo leader at 8 under. Chuck Hoffman is still doing his thing, by the way. He’s 5 under through 3.

3:22 p.m.: Jordan Spieth (+1) and Dustin Johnson (+3) just teed off on No. 1. We can’t wait to see how they respond to a tough Round 1, during which they just didn’t make any putts and DJ spent too much time in the fescue. And Brooks Koepka just rolled in another birdie to get to 7 under, one off the lead.

3:12 p.m.: Fowler makes his birdie putt at No. 2 to take the outright lead at 8 under. In the non-superstar category, amateur Cameron Champ just finished his round with a birdie and enters the weekend 5 under. Heck of a story brewing there.

3:07 p.m.: Brooksie! Brooks Koepka in for birdie at 11 to get to 6 under and 1 off the lead through two. Fowler has a decent birdie look at No. 2 to take the outright lead.

2:55 p.m.: Tap-in par for Fowler at No. 1, as he’s unable to take advantage of the opening par 5. On to the par-4 second, which he birdied Thursday.

2:41 p.m.: No problem for Rickie Fowler on his opening tee shot. He finds the fairway while Jon Rahm, who struggled Thursday, sprayed his opening tee shot left and into the fescue. That’s a miss he’s struggled with at times all season. Not the start he was hoping for.

2:31 p.m.: Charlie Hoffman is making his move. Back-to-back birdies to start his round and he’s T-9 at 4 under. Another hot start at a major for Hoff, who opened up a 4-shot lead in Round 1 of the Masters. Let’s see if he can keep this up.

2:26 p.m.: Paul Casey just tapped in for par at the par-3 9th for a 1-under round of 71. So he’s still tied with Fowler at 7 under, with Fowler set to tee off in about 10 minutes. Let’s do it.

2:02 p.m.: Masters champ Sergio Garcia will enter the weekend at 3 under after a 1-under 71 in Round 2. Not too shabby. Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are mercifully finishing up their rounds at a U.S. Open they’ll hope to forget as quickly as possible. McIlroy is 6 over through 16 and Day is 9 over, good for T-146.

1:45 p.m.: Schauffele just dropped two shots with double bogey at the par-3 13th, falling back to 5 under. Si Woo Kim is right there with him at 5 under after bogey at the par-3 ninth to finish his round. So It’s Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey in front at 7 under and Casey will have a birdie look at the par-5 7th to grab the outright lead before Fowler tees off in less than an hour.

1:26 p.m.: Xander Schauffele just joined the leaders again at 7 under after birdie at 12. He’s 1 under on the day and clearly wasn’t bothered by the pressure of such a hot first round in his first major championship. Si Woo Kim just missed a birdie putt at the eighth and will stay 6 under going into his final hole of the day. Justin Thomas just made a second straight birdie to get to 3 under. Having a sneaky-good couple of days. With Fowler on top and guys like Casey, Schauffele, Kim, Brooks Koepka and Brendan Steele near the lead, this is a great leaderboard for casual and hardcore fans alike at the moment.

1:17 p.m.: Casey is still hanging tough at 7 under after back-to-back pars. All-time scrappy round going right now. Andrew “Beef” Johnston has sadly fallen back to 2 under after back-to-back bogeys, but he’ll be around for the weekend and that’s a good thing. The more characters the better. And let’s not sleep on Si Woo Kim going into the weekend, either. He’s one off the lead at 6 under and proved at the Players that he has the goods to deliver under pressure, which is pretty remarkable for a 21-year-old.

12:44 p.m.: Paul Casey has come storming back to grab a share of the lead at 7 under thanks to five straight birdies. The Englishman was 4 over through 6, mind you. Putting on a show.

12:39 p.m.: Schauffele is now 6 under and one off the lead after a tough three-putt bogey at No. 9, which is playing as the hardest hole on the course today. Paul Casey, Si Woo Kim hanging tough at 6 under as well.

12:26 p.m.: Let’s talk about Xander Schauffele for a minute. He’s cruising again today at 1 under through eight and just hit the green on the tricky par-3 9th hole. He’s tied with Rickie Fowler for the lead at 7 under and playing in his first career major. He’s made a decent number of cuts this season (10 of 17), but has just one top 10 showing with a T-5 at the Sanderson Farms Championship way back in October. Unexpected to say the least.

12:08 p.m.: Ridiculously wacky round from Casey, who teed off on No. 10, so far. After a triple bogey at 14 and bogey at 15, he ripped off three straight birdies at 17, 18 and 1. So a round that could have turned disastrous is now under control at 1 over, with Casey  two off the lead at 5 under for the tournament. Si Woo Kim, meanwhile, just got up-and-down for par at the fourth to stay 6 under and one off the lead.

11:16 a.m.– It’s been a disastrous two days for newlywed Rory McIlroy at Erin Hills. The No. 2 golfer in the world is even after seven holes of play in Round 2 today. He’s T-136, however, thanks to his 78 in Round 1.

10:59 a.m. – Life comes at you fast, Paul Casey. The Englishman was one shot back after the first round. He is now plus-4 thru six holes in Round 2 and has fallen back into the pack.

10:30 a.m. – This is more like it, Erin Hills. Paul Casey, who trailed by one shot after Round 1, has hit 5 shots on the par-5 14th hole and still hasn’t reached the green.

9:45 a.m. – The big names are out early today. The first round of the 2017 U.S. Open did not go as expected for many of golf’s top stars. Erin Hills has dried out and expected to be less giving, things are changing.

By the way, happy birthday to one of the big names who isn’t here.

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