Four tied atop US Open leaderboard heading into weekend

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 22, 2017

Entering Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open, Fowler is just a stroke off the lead-the same position he was in earlier this year at the Masters, where he shot 71-76 on the weekend to tumble into a tie for 11th.

McIlroy has birdied three of his last four holes.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be ideal for their games - spent the day cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut. "I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough". "There's a lot of different ways to play it".

Lurking one back are a trio of Americans Jamie Lovemark (69), J.B.

Another warm, dry day is drying out the course during the second round of the U.S. Open, and the players are noticing a difference.

But while Casey was relieved after his gutsy fightback, it was back at the drawing board for McIlroy and Day after their disappointing exits.

But Casey rebounded with five straight birdies at Nos.

Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood all shot matching two-under 70s to join Casey at seven under.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said after his round. "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".

Schauffele double bogeyed the par-3 13th hole.

Of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a major, none went on to win. "Hopefully I ve got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system yesterday and some parts today".

"Just to see their games and how they play, I've grown up watching them".

"This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish", he said. Koepka and Fleetwood have been near the top of the leaderboard all weekend. He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup.

After opening with a 79, Day's struggles continued with a second-round 75 ensuring he ended the longest active streak of cuts made (17) at the majors.

With the cut on another low-scoring day coming at one over, Johnson seemed poised to scrape into the weekend after three birdies and a bogey left him at two under, one over outright, midway through his second round.

After posting a first-round 78, McIlroy found more of a rhythm on Friday but it was to little avail as he could only birdie the last for a round of 71 and a 5-over total.

McIlroy has a rib injury that has severely limited his tournament activity in recent times.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history. "If you hit it off the tee you can score".

"I'm optimistic with where my game is", he said.

A 338-yard drive off the tee took him to the edge of the green and he got up and down in two for a birdie.

Matsuyama tied a second-round U.S. Open record in relation to par with his seven-under score, and his bogey-free 65 could have been even better. Matsuyama will enter Saturday tied for eighth and Reavie will begin the weekend tied for 13th.

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