Tommy Fleetwood is among the long shots who has given himself a real shot to win the U.S. Open.
It was the first time since the rankings system was launched in April 1989 that the world’s top three players have all failed to make the third round of a major. He missed the cut at last year’s PGA and withdrew from this year’s Masters after falling down a staircase.
“I just hit a three-wood a touch left on 11, and I had to try and hit something out of the rough, and ended up in a tough spot behind the green”, Fowler said.
He three-putted on No. 13.
He clawed that back with a birdie on the 12th, draining a six-foot putt but was soon in trouble on the 13th, three-putting for bogey. “I think that can’t be underestimated having your friend with you, whether you’re in leading the US Open or anywhere”.
He hasn’t finished in the top 10 in the five majors since (including a +9 T-37 at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont) and seems destined for a sixth.
“I had no idea that nine-under was the best ever in an Open, so that was pretty cool once I saw my card”.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson missed the cut, as did Rory McIrloy and Jason Day.
And they had even more company. The cut was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.
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.
Wisconsin’s other representative in the tournament, 23-year-old Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, also made the cut after matching Stricker with rounds of 73 and 72. “I got off to a good start, but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on”.
That’s something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.
“Yes, there are times I would have rebounded like that, but maybe not as calmly”. It’s just, concentrate on each day as it comes.
He never would have guessed it. “And unfortunately, this didn’t pan out”. Rory McIlroy is a huge fan of the golf course. If only he had hit the fairways.
But it was too little too late for the Northern Irishman who remains anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at five over. And even that was frustrating.
Casey also had a triple bogey on No. 14 in the second round, but he finished with a 1-under 71 and a share of the 36-hole lead.
Fowler, who held a one shot advantage overnight, cruised through an error free front nine that included two birdies.
McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn’t played almost enough. Hopefully, I’ve got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system [Thursday] and some parts [Friday]. I just struggled on the greens.
His schedule will pick up immediately.
“Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I m a pretty happy man”, Casey said.
“It was a good day for me”, Stricker said. Aside from the wind, Hadwin said that the course would be very different if it were firm and fast as well. But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I’m not sure. It’s hard to make a lot of birdies for me around here. He won’t play again until the British Open.
After an opening round 74, world number four Hideki Matsuyama looked ready to join the parade of top ranked players to the exit but the Japanese hit back with the joint best round of the day of seven-under 65 to shoot up the leaderboard and into contention at five-under.