Thomas makes charge up US Open leaderboard


Somebody might go low early, but not as many.

Erin Hills fought back on Friday and the world's top three players won't be around for the weekend at the U.S. Open.

Rose was also vulnerable at two over, a score that left him one shot outside the cut line with Friday's later starters still to tee off. He drove the green on the 288-yard, par-4 15th and got down in two.

His score in relation to par - 9 under - was a U.S. Open record, and he finished the day at 11 under.

English pair Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are among four players with a share a lead of the US Open at the half way stage at Erin Hills.

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The first & second wicket partnership scored a worthy 118 runs when Fakhar Zaman was dismissed for 57 runs. The more experience guys get in that middle order, the more they learn to play on these surfaces.

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. He outplayed his playing partners, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, during the first 36 holes, and he obviously knows how to win majors (2010 PGA Championship, 2014 U.S. Open).

While Erin Hills was still not playing as hard as many past U.S. Open courses, it was beginning to firm up from the early week rain, plus the USGA had a few tricks up its sleeve.

With Father's Day on Sunday, a lot of families walked the fairways at Erin Hills Golf Course.

With two rounds to play there is some 23 players within four shots of the lead.

Following the afternoon wave, Casey must have been positively beaming because the long-hitting 39-year-old surprisingly found himself in a four-way tie for the halfway lead at 7-under 137. Thomas made six birdies and one bogey on his front nine in the third round, and Hoffman birdied three of his first five holes. "I did feel very comfortable with my swing, but that fifth shot on 18 was my best shot of the day". Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12.

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It's hit or miss if you'll get a decent lie. "I really like this golf course", Johnson insisted. "On Friday it was the opposite". 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.

The only good thing about his opening round of 77 was that it was the lowest of his group, with Tiger Woods shooting 80 and Rickie Fowler an 81 for a combined total of 28 over par. "Today I started off a bit ropey. I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today".

But Oostihuizen knows how quickly momentum can swing at a U.S. Open. I did the work, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course.

Whatever happens, the championship is set to crown a first-time major victor, as the closest previous major champion is Louis Oosthuizen in a tie for 17th at four-under.

Casey laid up in the rough on the par-5 14th hole.

"I'm motivated by the fact that I've made a plan and I've stuck to the plan so far", Harman said. There are more red numbers on the leaderboard than on a Las Vegas roulette table, which goes against just about everything America's national golf championship is supposed to be about. "I think it's going to produce a really great champion". None of the top 18 has won a major, making it very likely this will be the seventh straight major to crown a first-time victor.

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The Japanese star matched Chez Reavie for the best round of the day , three shots clear of the next best performance by Bill Haas. So you've got to be very, very patient and stay in the moment. "At 12 under par, I'd have a 10-shot lead at most (US) Opens".