You've still got to make a score. If you do that you're going to deserve a bogey out there.
"The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive", Day said. He hasn't finished in the top 10 in the five majors since (including a +9 T-37 at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont) and seems destined for a sixth.
It was more positive news for Leishman, who is the only Australian still alive in the tournament on 4-under through 36 holes following an even-par 72. Fowler would make terrific saves from Nos.
"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I m a pretty happy man", Casey said. "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".
Matsuyama, at number four the highest ranked player still in the field, starts at five-under along with young South Korean Kim Si-woo, amateur Cameron Champ, PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele and veteran Brandt Snedeker. He was holding his own until the fescue ate him up on 15, then on 17, when he hit into the tall grass on the side of a steep hill and had to hit the next shot with the ball so far above his feet, he couldn't tell where it was going to go. "I have no idea how the weekend is going to go, no one does".
Stricker, who recently turned 50, admitted the extreme length of the course - it played at 7,839 yards Friday - limits his opportunities to make birdies and therefore gain much momentum.
Day admitted the course lay-out had played on his mind in both his rounds.
Still to be determined was who made it to the weekend, and where the cut would fall. This is his third try at the U.S. Open and the first time he has made the cut.
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be flawless for their games - spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.
Day had never missed a cut at the US Open and suffered his first weekend off at the majors since the 2012 US PGA Championship.
"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us". As we all know, this game is all about putting. "Hopefully I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system and it's just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt".
McGirt will be playing on the weekend for the first time in just his second appearance in golf's national championship. "But I don't let it bother me". But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I'm not sure. If the storms stay away, Erin Hills could become a nasty beast.
And despite carding four birdies in his last six holes for a 71 on Friday, the four-time major victor saw his own pre-event prediction come true, having said on Tuesday that anyone who could not hit the wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home". "The fairways are wide enough".