US Open at Erin Hills

"He's upstairs and I'm down in the basement area, so it shouldn't get too physical". "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started", Thomas said.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen had looked like being the early pacesetter, the former Open champion going to the turn in 32 and picking up shots on the 11th and 15th, only to run up a double bogey on the 17th.

It was the first time since the world ranking began in 1986 that the top three players missed the cut in any major. "We're definitely in good position for tomorrow".

"As we all know, this game's all about putting", he said. "The guys at the scoring table told me that, so I was pretty pumped".

But while Casey was relieved after his gutsy fightback, it was back t the drawing board for McIlroy and Day after their disappointing exits. He'll return at next month's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

However a bogey on the ninth checked his progress, pushing him out to two over. "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out". And why not? So far at this year's U.S. Open, we've seen a blimp crash near Erin Hills, an E-coli scare, and a 94-year-old spectator die at the course. This is the first time the tournament has ever come to Wisconsin. Following are the highlights from the second major championship of the year at Erin Hills. The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend have combined for zero majors. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results.

"I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did", Johnson said. "I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today". And I pulled the four-iron on the par-three (sixth). Johnson and Matt Kuchar will be the second of 34 pairings to hit the course. "I'm not sure when it's going to sink in". I just happened to be in the flawless spot. He says he feels comfortable on the course, and now that he spent Saturday booking his place in history, he wants to follow a similar fate on Sunday.

"I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it". "Obviously I have no idea what [Sunday] holds, but I'm more motivated by the way I'm striking the ball". Everything was in good shape. If there's soft conditions, maybe we tuck a hole location a little bit more, versus if we get real firm conditions and it gets windy, we're sitting there talking among ourselves saying, 'How do we tone this thing down?' He has birdied three of his last four holes.

McIlroy has a busy stretch ahead.

Fleetwood was alongside Reed after a birdie on the first, but Casey tumbled down the leaderboard after following an opening birdie of his own with a triple-bogey on the third. It dropped him two shots off the lead and, to add insult to injury, it will still count as a three-putt.

Day never had a chance, following his career-worst 79 in a U.S. Open with a 75.

Casey, Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood have yet to tee off. He never expected to be making those plans on a Friday.

There are 68 players who made the cut at the U.S. Open, but a whopping 42 of them are under par. This week, he didn't have it.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history.

At least he's still playing this weekend.

  • Carolyn Briggs