Tricky conditions as players begin third round of US Open

Tricky conditions as players begin third round of US Open

The one-under-par total was a substantial improvement on Thursday's six-over-par 78, but with the cut projected at one-over-par, it was too little, too late for the popular Northern Irishman. He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214.

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He's in contention again going into this weekend at another new Open course, Erin Hills.

His 7-under 65 matched Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama for the low score in the first two rounds at Erin Hills. He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left.

Stricker, who turned 50 this year, will be eligible to play in his own event after sticking to hosting duties when the tournament started last year.

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. He shot 75 and missed the cut. He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup.

Thomas is 2 under on the day and for 4 under for the tournament.

Scheffler is three shots back of the lead on a jam-packed leaderboard.

Oosthuizen, whose sole major title to date came at St Andrews in 2010, birdied the first, fourth, seventh and eighth to move to four under par, while 2015 victor Spieth had covered his first 11 holes in level par.

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The pace might actually pick up when the PGA Tour veteran leaves Erin Hills.

Zach Johnson holed an 8-foot putt on the par-3 ninth for his third birdie of the front nine.

On Friday afternoon, the media was alerted that a fan died at Erin Hills during the U.S. Open.

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are trying to make up ground at the U.S. Open - not on the leader, but on the cut line.

Not bad for someone who had to claim one of the 14 qualifying spots at the tough Columbus, Ohio, sectional last week to make it to Wisconsin. "But they do give you plenty of area to hit it off the tee". They were joined by Harman and Fleetwood, who each had a 70.

Yes, it's a bunched leaderboard, and anything still seems possible with 18 players within three shots of the lead and 23 within four shots, but that's your storyline halfway through the 117 U.S. Open.

Harman, a two-time PGA Tour victor, is playing in just his third U.S. Open, but he is still an unlikely frontrunner.

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.

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