2017 U.S. Open leaderboard breakdown: Scores, Round 2 coverage, golf highlights

The second round of the 2017 U.S. Open is in the books, and the top of the leaderboard features some of golf's up-and-coming names looking to claim their first major championship. After day one, it was Rickie Fowler who sat at the top with the outright lead. Now, after 36 holes, Fowler is one stroke back from a crowded leaderboard that includes Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood at 7-under.

The big story from day two, though, was the amount of firepower that exited stage left before the weekend. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day -- the top three golfers in the world -- were among the biggest stars to miss the cut. In fact, eight of the top 12 golfers in the world missed the cut, a first in OWGR history dating back to 1986, according to Bob Harig. Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Henrick Stenson, Bubba Watson and rising star Jon Rahm were also left out of the weekend.

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T1. Paul Casey (-7): Casey turned in a clean front nine to finish the day. But the back nine -- much like the rest of the field on Friday -- was not kind to him. After three birdies on the back, he still finished +2 on the back after two bogeys and a triple. He rebounded nicely with only one bogey and five birdies after his snowman on No. 14.

T1. Brooks Koepka (-7): Koepka entered Day 2 in the mix and came away tied for the lead thanks to an incredible bogey-free back nine in which he carded a 32. He has never won a major before but is looking poised to do just that this weekend.

T1. Brian Harman (-7): Like Koepka, Harman wasn't flashy today -- he shot just 2-under par -- but remains in the mix after turning in a respectable 70. He lapped the field on the back nine with his 4-under 32.

T1. Tommy Fleetwood (-7): Fleetwood kicked off the day with a bogey on 1 but bounced back beautifully by finishing 3-under for the rest of the day -- including a birdie on the 676-yard 18th hole. He's got the strength and skill to compete into the weekend.

T5. Rickie Fowler (-6): If not for a brutal three-hole stretch on the back nine in which he went bogey-bogey-bogey, Fowler would be headed to the weekend with the outright lead. He finished 1-over on the day and has plenty of competition to regain his spot atop the leaderboard.

T5. J.B. Holmes (-6): For every bogey on the day, Holmes had an answer with a birdie on the subsequent hole. He finished the day 3-under and takes matching 69s into the weekend. If he can go 69-69-69-69, that could be nice enough to win the whole thing.

T5. Jamie Lovemark (-6): Speaking of matching 69s, Lovemark joined Holmes with those scores. He went in at 32 on the back nine but came out in 37 with three bogeys on the front.

T8. Hideki Matsuyama, Si Woo Kim, Xander Schauffele, Brandt Snedeker: Matsuyama posted a 65 on Friday, the third round of 7-under already at Erin Hills. He went out of Round 2 with a 30, going six under on the front nine during a bogey-free round. Schauffele was unable to match his 66 from Thursday, but a respectable 73 with a double bogey keeps him in contention.

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