He had no explanation or theory on why the top three players in the world would not be around for the weekend - the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking debuted in 1986 that the top three in the world missed the cut at a major.
Kentuckian J.B. Holmes is just one shot off the lead at the midway point of the U.S. Open and a triple-bogey didn't stop Paul Casey from grabbing a share of the lead after 36 holes. He has birdied three of his last four holes.
"Yes, there are times I would have rebounded like that, but maybe not as calmly".
Behind the leading quartet, a logjam grouped eight players within two shots of the lead.
Paul Casey rallies after triple-bogey for share of US Open lead
Thomas poured in the eagle to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship. "I have no expectations", he said. He loved Erin Hills , a course with wide fairways between the knee-high fescue that he figured would allow him to attack.
Still to be determined was who made it to the weekend, and where the cut would fall. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.
The player who turned the U.S. Open into a soap opera of sorts the previous two years won't be around for the weekend this time.
The Englishman then sat back and watched as compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman each carded two-under 70 to join him at the top of a crowded leaderboard at seven-under. His 7-under par tied the record to par for the first round of a U.S. Open held by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who each shot 7-under 63 at Baltusrol in 1980. A rattled Casey added another bogey at the 15th to extend his miserable run before hitting the turbo-charger and firing off five consecutive birdies.
After weeks of pouring his heart and soul into qualifying for the first U.S. Open played in Wisconsin, Madison's Steve Stricker was right where he wanted to be after the tournament's second round.
May in talks with Northern Irish parties over DUP deal
But Stormont parties have a June 29 deadline to end the impasse and reach consensus on re-establishing a devolved administration in the region.
Casey, the former world No 3, has always possessed so much talent that it is, in fact, a surprise that he has not figured at the business end of more majors.
Day never had a chance, following his career-worst 79 in a U.S. Open with a 75. He stumbled to a 6-over 42 over his final nine on Day 1. "I don't think I do".
Stricker improved by a stroke even though Erin Hills showed a few more teeth than it had in Thursday's opening round.
No one took advantage like Fowler.
The last six majors have crowned first-time champions and that trend looks poised to continue at Erin Hills where you have to look way down the leaderboard to 19th before finding a major victor in U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain. When I was younger it went everywhere.
Stephen Furst, Flounder in 'Animal House,' dies at 63
Furst suffered from renal failure and was on dialysis for two years when an anonymous donor came forward and offered him a kidney. He starred as awkward fraternity pledge Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the hit comedy, " National Lampoon's Animal House " (1978).
The 24-year-old world number 13 produced a magnificent eagle three on the 600-yard 18th hole to crown a spellbinding display that was the lowest to par score in US Open history. Only twice has anyone finished that low in a U.S. Open. Two shots might separate the top 12 players - with just eight shots spread across the entire field - but the leaderboard is devoid of high-profile players and marquee names.