Golf: Fowler eyes US Open lead as McIlroy, Day head for exit

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler looked to move clear at the top of the US Open leader board on Friday as rivals Rory McIlroy and Jason Day headed for the exit.Fowler, the overnight leader after a record-equalling seven-under-par 65 on Thursday, grabbed an early birdie in his second round to move one shot clear of the field at eight under.Under clear skies and warm sunshine, the Erin Hills course still offered plenty of encouragement after a day of record low-scoring on Thursday.

No fewer than 44 players ducked under par in the first round, and as the second round unfolded Friday, the 7,839-yard layout continued to give up birdies freely.South Korea’s Kim Si-Woo shot a two-under-par 70 to move to five under while 22-year-old amateur Cameron Champ was alongside him after a three-under-par 69.

With Fowler not teeing off until the afternoon, the morning action was dominated by a roller coaster round from England’s Paul Casey, who recovered from a dramatic collapse to claw his way back into contention.

-AFP

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