Four Sit Atop a Crowded Leaderboard at US Open

While McIlroy and Day will return to competition next week at Travelers, Johnson, who welcomed a second son to the family earlier this week, will be taking a month off. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for 70 and a tie for the lead. "For the most part, the wind was nonexistent". "It's definitely out there if you can get yourself on the fairways". It's just that you've got to keep it in the short grass, out of that fescue, don't make any bogies.

The way this third round is going, odds are against him becoming the first player since Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines in 2008 to win a U.S. Open in his home state.

The course was set up at 7,845 yards, the longest of any major.

However, of the leading 18 not one has tasted success in a Major and, in fact, you have to look down to those sharing 19 place before singling out a Major Champion and they are reigning Masters victor Sergio Garcia (71) and double Major winning Martin Kaymer (69) at three under.

Casey overcame a triple-bogey eight at the par-five 14th, his fifth hole, to lift himself into championship contention.

Casey has recorded triple bogeys before in his long and illustrious 17-year pro career but none where he has fought back to share the lead in a Major.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", said Casey.

"I started to let it go a little bit on the back nine today", he said.

Fleetwood, who had made just one halfway cut in his previous seven majors, birdied the last to add a 70 to his opening 67, with overnight leader Rickie Fowler's 73 leaving him on six under alongside compatriots Jamie Lovemark and JB Holmes. "You play 54 holes around here before the tournament, I felt really really comfortable".

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up flawless for us", Dustin Johnson said.

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Six players are at 4-under, including Chez Reavie, the other player to shoot 65. 12 and 13 to fall two shots behind Brooks Koepka.

Five players have reached 10-under par or better so far this week at the U.S. Open - one fewer than the number who had done it over the first 116 years of what had been known as the toughest test in golf.

The top three ranked players in the world missed the cut at the U.S. Open and will get the weekend off.

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.

"It was a good display, all my own fault, but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course", he said.

"I knew I was kind of out of it". "The golf course is actually really handsome". If the storms stay away, Erin Hills could become a nasty beast.

With only eight shots separating top to bottom going into the weekend, someone from way back has a chance to make up ground in a hurry. With four par-5s and wider-than-usual fairways, some thought the tournament would be a bomber's paradise.

McIlroy got off to a nice start with an eagle on the par-4 No. 2, but that was his biggest highlight.

"I know it's cliche, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course".

Thomas leads the U.S. Open after shooting a 63 in the third round, matching the major record for low score.

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