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With about two hours left in the second round, the cut was looking to be 1-over par, which would tie a U.S. Open record.

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And it doesn't stop there. Erin Hills was drenched by almost an inch of rain overnight, but players have still found scoring to be hard early on Saturday.

Attribute that to the Wisconsin weather. There were 44 players under par on Thursday and the 42 players under par after two days are the most in U.S. Open history.

It was the ideal recipe for low scoring, provided the ball was kept in the short grass.

Despite the ridiculous length of Erin Hills - the tab came to 7,839 yards on Day 2 - and a modest breeze for much of the day that, in theory, should have started the process of separating the wheat from the chaff, there's less clarity after 36 holes than there was before Thursday's opening tee shot, which doesn't seem possible.

Jack Maguire proved that fortunes can change in a hurry when he drained an eagle putt from off the green on the par-5 first hole. If I can make four birdies around here, that would be pretty good. The defending champion shot a 73. "It's the kind of golf course that if you're on point and playing well and you're in the fairways, you really feel like you can be aggressive and attack and make some birdies".

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - An 11-year-old golf course shaped from Wisconsin pastureland was sure to bring something different to the U.S. Open. It has learned to accept that in pristine scoring conditions - mainly, soft conditions - low scores don't distract from the tournament.

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Champ said a practice round with former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen and four-times major victor McIlroy on Monday helped his confidence. He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214.

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Day carded a three-over-par 75, leaving him 10-over, while Scott shot a 75 to sit at three-over.

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McIlroy's second shot was just as spectacular, a towering approach that expired no more than four feet from the cup. Erin Hills must have felt like another planet, not the same state.

Brandt Snedeker glanced up at the leaderboard late Friday at the U.S. Open and momentarily struggled with the math, which is saying something considering the Vanderbilt graduate is normally one of the game's best and brightest.

And the biggest test of all could be the USGA proving that it's not trying to protect par.

"I think the greens are getting U.S. Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain", Garcia said about the course that allowed a record number of sub-par scores in the first round after rain soaked the layout earlier in the week. It's just that you've got to keep it in the short grass, out of that fescue, don't make any bogies.

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