US Open snippets from third round at Erin Hills


KEY STATISTIC: In 116 U.S. Opens to date, only six players had ever reached 10 under or better.

Golf purists, of which there are many, prefer their U.S. Opens the way they prefer their Masters.

Johnny Miller owned the previous best round of eight-under 63 set at the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.

Fiji's Vijay Singh also recorded a seven-under 63, at Olympia Fields in 2003. And at this U.S. Open, he showed how a quick recovery is never too far away. I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today.

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. Seven other players are within five shots of the lead. "But good shots will still prevail, if you hit them".

"I hadn't been out of position all day and suddenly I was staring double bogey in the face".

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Still to be determined was who made it to the weekend, and where the cut would fall.

"This week I've been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, all right, let's go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt". I think being exempt and coming in a little early and not having it be so hectic the week of has definitely helped.

Patrick Reed (-8): Reed rocked his Ryder Cup USA trousers on Saturday, which was fantastic even though his 65 got drowned in Lake Michigan by Thomas' 63. 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". Such was the case for Si Woo Kim (68; nine under for the tournament), Russell Henley (67; eight under) and Bill Haas (69; seven under). He made bogey but rallied with three straight birdies on the back nine that produced the loudest roars of the late afternoon.

However, not all Americans fared well.

Thomas mixed nine birdies and two bogeys before hitting his second shot to six feet on the par-five 18th hole and tapped in for eagle to record the lowest round (9-under) in relation to par in US Open history.

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"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said. "I'm a big fan of the place", McIlroy said.

Then he exited stage left, stopped to sign a couple golf balls for the patrolmen who followed him for the second round, and checked his cell phone as he walked up the hill and toward the locker room for the last time this week.

"It's just been trying to figure it out on and around the greens". "I feel really confident, driving the ball well, putting it well", said Koepka.

Thomas fired nine birdies and an eagle on the 18th to card a nine-under-par 63 and take over the clubhouse lead on 11 under par, two shots clear of compatriots Brian Harman and Brendan Steele and England's Tommy Fleetwood.

Hoffman birdied five of his first eight holes to get to 9 under, one shot clear of a massive logjam in second.

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. Though always risky, he entered Round 3 at 2-under par.

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Scheffler isn't the only amateur making waves at Erin Hills, with Cameron Champ two shots back of the lead at 5 under. And there's nothing wrong with all the birdies that are being made, a result of three nights of rain.