The American birdied the second and the seventh and had not dropped a shot in 28 holes before shooting three bogeys in succession at the 11th, 12th and 13th. He hammered a chip from just short of the par-5 14th that led to another three-putt bogey. Because of that you can go out and play some great golf but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf as well.
Fleetwood (70) joined the group at seven under with a birdie on the par-five 18th, while Harman quietly shot a 70 to make a major cut for just the third time.
BROOKS KOEPKA, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman share the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open with all four seeking their first major title. 2 and 3 Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, all of whom missed the cut. Only a half-dozen of them have even experienced Sunday contention in golf's biggest events.
Odd U.S. Open. Frustrating to many. The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990.
Champ said a practice round with former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen and four-times major victor McIlroy on Monday helped his confidence. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.
Day was particularly disappointed as he felt he had prepared properly for the championship. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.
He never would have guessed it.
"It's been the best preparation going into a major", Day told reporters. "And I just unfortunately didn't execute".
It didn't for McIlroy, either. "If you hit the fairways, the scores are there".
Holmes followed his opening-round 69 with another 69 and is one shot off the lead.
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He made three birdies and one bogey on his opening nine holes (the back nine) to move to 1-under par, including a crowd-pleasing birdie on 18 when his 101-yard approach shot hit the hole and stopped less than a foot away.
McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn't played almost enough. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par.
Another U.S. Open first for Xander Schauffele.
"It was a good day for me", Stricker said.
Yet for comparison's sake, at the Masters in April, four of the final top 10 players on the leaderboard had previously won a major championship, and that didn't include the newest member of the Green Jacket club, Sergio Garcia.
His schedule will pick up immediately.
"Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer, " he said. He is long and straight off the tee and an excellent chipper from closely mown areas around the green.
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"I know it's cliche, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course". Hopefully, I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system [Thursday] and some parts [Friday].
"Being out of position off the tee does not help", he said.