A crowded leaderboard missing most of golf's big names has set the stage for a wide open run for the U.S. Open trophy as third-round play got underway on Saturday at a steamy Erin Hills. Some of the world's top-ranked players and pre-tournament favourites look poised to miss the cut. "It's about raising money for our foundation, and giving back to our area and our community", Stricker said after shooting even-par 72 on Friday to get to 1 over for the tournament. "Our focus is exclusively on the game of golf, and we appreciate that there's some out there that want to make this a political event, but we're not".
Eight of the top 12 players in the world missed the cut.
That's a wonderful thing for Paul Casey (71), Brian Harman (70), Brooks Koepka (70) and Tommy Fleetwood (70). It dropped him two shots off the lead and, to add insult to injury, it will still count as a three-putt.
Jamie Lovemark, Rickie Fowler and JB Holmes featured in a three-way tie at six under. Even just trying to take my medicine is very, very hard.
It sounds as if Erin Hills is becoming more challenging with each passing minute.
Of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a major, none went on to win.
Casey took his place amongst the leading group after recovering from an early implosion that sent him plunging down the leaderboard.
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.
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"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card", Casey said, "but I'm a pretty happy man". "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster". The leaders still had another two hours before they teed off. Oosthuizen, the former British Open champion at St. Andrews, was hopeful of at least giving them something to think about.
"I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days", Day told reporters about the knee-high fescue grass lining the fairways at the links-style layout in the Wisconsin countryside.
"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.
McIlroy said he would be hitting the practice ground this weekend.
Despite a flurry of late birdies it was not enough to turnaround an erratic round littered with errors and missed opportunities.
On the longest course ever for a major, the cut was the lowest at the U.S. Open since 1990.
"I'm optimistic with where my game is, where some of game is. Part of that is just age and part I'll give credit to Johnny McLaren (his caddie), credit to my wife and my little boy".