Adam Hadwin set to make cut at US Open

Paul Casey produced a brilliant fightback to remain in contention for a first major title as former champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut in the US Open for the second year running. In fact, he's not even leading after three rounds.

Faced with the option of putting through the rough or pulling out a wedge and chipping off the eighth green, Rickie Fowler chose the latter.

"I made two bad swings on the front nine", Koepka said.

Thomas drained a putt on No. 5 which he literally started it in the wrong direction, and that, he said, wasn't even his best shot of the day.

"I usually love places like this. And it came out nicely". His second shot drifted off the fairway, third shot was over the green in the fescue.

Thomas also moved into the lead with his putt at 18. "I was excited to shoot 63".

With only eight shots separating top to bottom going into the weekend, someone from way back has a chance to make up ground in a hurry.

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

And despite starting his second round with bogeys on his first two holes, the South African bounced back to record a superb 66 which he matched in the third round. Jordan Spieth was even par through 12 holes and going nowhere.

Scheffler is three shots back of the lead on a jam-packed leaderboard.

It was day of sizzling drama on the links-style layout that featured stunning birdie runs and spectacular collapses - some like Casey coming on the same scorecard. On No. 7 he sank a 15-footer. But I couldn't have shot any higher. The next one went long, he chipped up to 12 feet and took two putts from there.

Miller did not immediately respond to GOLF.com's request for comment, but did let his thoughts be known on the historic feat accomplished by the 24-year-old. He'll return at next month's British Open at Royal Birkdale. The course took an inch of rain overnight, making it about as menacing as a golden retriever puppy. Because of that you can go out and play some great golf but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf as well.

English says "They want par to be a good score, and this afternoon it will be".

"It was definitely a lot more like a US Open today than yesterday the greens were a little quicker again", Leishman said. He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup. He plans to do the same on Sunday. I drove the ball well, my irons were good.

Talked to Johnny. "9 under is incredible with #USOpen pressure, but it isn't a US Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up". "I'd like to shoot a good round here. So I'm excited about all those things".

The 30-year-old Harman has five top-10 finishes and two victories since joining the tour in 2012, most recently at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

He's still very much in play after shooting a 73. He has birdied three of his last four holes. I feel like the golf game is there. I got out of position, but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week. None has ever won a major, and neither have the next 14 players behind them.

  • Julie Sanders