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US Open filled with limitless possibilities, few stars

US Open filled with limitless possibilities, few stars

One of Erin Hills' three architects, Ron Whitten, Golf Channel's Frank Nobilo said.

"I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week", said Day, who arrived last Friday. The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend had combined for zero majors.

The bogey left him with a 4-under-par 68 for the day and a three-way tie for second place at 11-under - tied with Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas and one shot behind Brian Harman.

Paul Casey chopped his way to a triple bogey, only to respond with five straight birdies that carried him to 1-under 71 and make him the first to hit the clubhouse with the lead at 7-under 137.

The top three golfers in the world, and six of the top 10, didn't make it.

The final pairing of Casey and Harman are scheduled to tee off at 2:29 p.m. (1925 GMT), but a forecast calling for the possibility of thunderstorms could disrupt third-round action. He shot 75 and missed the cut. After another week, it's the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship.

Matsuyama and Reavie each shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the U.S. Open. "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

"I hate just being in the situation where I've been in a good spot and maybe let it get away from me a little bit and let some mistakes compound and turn a round that you (just) kind of fight through it and end up being in a decent spot after the day", Fowler said.

Joining Matsuyama two shots back is an eclectic mix that includes PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele (73), amateur Cameron Champ (69), 36-year-old PGA Tour veteran Brandt Snedeker (69) and 21-year-old South Korean Kim Si-woo (70), the youngest player to win the Players Championship. But his five-over finish was well short of the one-over cut, the lowest in U.S. Open history.

"Two weeks ago, just before I came up here, I spoke to one of the course designers, Ron Whitten", Nobilo said on Golf Channel's Live From the U.S. Open show Sunday night, "and I said, 'can you give me an estimation on what might the winning score be here?' He said, 'if the wind blows, four under. I mean, it's literally one shot at a time trying to pick this golf course apart, just like I did Thursday morning out here".

"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.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.

"I think that can't be underestimated", said Fleetwood, "having your friend with you".

"Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are all out of the US Open 2017 at Erin Hills".

But after two wayward rounds and a missed cut, defending champion Johnson was heading home on Friday resigned to watching the climax of the tournament on TV. One example of that was Fowler hitting 3-wood into the green on the 632-yard 18th hole, with a breeze at his back. "I took advantage of it the last few days".

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day never recovered from theirs.

"I couldn't have shot any higher", Johnson said. But then he three-putted from long range on the 13th and the 14th, and lost all hope when he missed the green on the 17th while going after the flag.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey told the tournament's website. It didn't matter at that point because I was so far from the cut line, but at least I know it's in there, it's just a matter of getting it out of me and getting myself in the right frame of mind.