US Open at Erin Hills

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The American favourite, who had struggled to a three-over-par 75 in the first round, carded three birdies and four bogeys.

They are followed by Hideki Matsuyama, at -5.

Fleetwood bounced back from a blemish at the 17th to convert a 10-foot birdie at the last to match Harman's two-under 70, while Koepka failed to add a birdie along the closing stretch.

Steve Stricker is soaking up the warmest ovations of the third round in his home state of Wisconsin.

In the final round at Oakmont previous year, his golf ball moved slightly as he positioned himself for a short putt on the fifth hole. He shot a 2-over 74 on Thursday.

The 177th U.S. Open golf tournament continues today in Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., with the third round of the PGA Tour's second major of the season. He just has to listen to the crowd.

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Willett, who pulled out before the start of his second round, was heading towards the Erin Hills exit anyway after an opening round 81. He grabbed his putter and pointed it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup. "I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup". A year ago, he missed the cut by two shots at Oakmont. I birdied four of the last six - I probably could have birdied all of the last six.

Positioned 299 yards from the pin on the par-5 18th, and needing to hole out the shot to make the weekend, he lashed at a 3-wood that hit about pin high, then rolled off the back of the green.

As he did most of the week, he hit it great - and then settled for a score that wasn't good enough.

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On the longest course ever for a major, the cut was the lowest at the U.S. Open since 1990.

Not bad for a guy who made the cut on the number. The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend have combined for zero majors.

Jordan Spieth is not among them.

Casey finished his wild day with six straight pars for a 1-under 71 to set the target Friday. On the 12th tee, they told him he might be penalized and he played the final seven holes not knowing how big his lead was.

The player who turned the US Open into a soap opera of sorts the previous two years won't be around for the weekend this time.

The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Open since Winged Foot in 1974, back when the names were more familiar for a major - Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, who went on to win his first major.

Only eight shots separate the leaders from the players who made the cut on the number.

Fifteen of the 18 holes had been cut within seven yards of the edge of the green and despite the 68-man field being separated by eight shots, only former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had been able to move into the top 15 after nearly four hours' play.

Casey's five birdies were one short of the U.S. Open record last matched the day before by Adam Hadwin.

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