Justin Thomas powers into US Open contention with thrilling round

Justin Thomas powers into US Open contention with thrilling round

ERIN, Wis. - A total of 5 under par often wins the U.S. Open, and that is the number Steve Stricker vaguely had in mind at the start of the week at Erin Hills. No one among the top-18 starting out Saturday has ever won a major.

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. Reavie moved to 4-under 140, three shots back of the lead on a bunched-up leaderboard.

"I've never done this before", Fleetwood said.

Thomas' 9-under 63 also broke Johnny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.

"I$3 played really well". Sometimes, they even raise the trophy after 72 holes, a la Shaun Micheel at the 2003 PGA Championship.

Major champions Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner also missed.

"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", he said.

But then again, given all the good that came out of the 2015 U.S. Open, capped by Jordan Spieth's dramatic win over Dustin Johnson on the final hole, USGA executive director Mike Davis hasn't given any inclination that the U.S. Open won't be returning to Chambers Bay in the next two decades.

Asked what he learned from his first US Open, the Greystones man could think of little positive and will now regroup and hope to qualify for The Open by winning one of the spots on offer at Royal Birkdale for the top three non-exempt players finishing in the top ten at the French, Irish and Scottish Opens.

KEY STATISTIC: The cut, at 1 over, tied a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.

THE BIG EASY: Weekend rain softened the greens at Erin Hills.

Local health officials announced they found evidence of E. coli bacteria at a hydration station on the 12th hole on Thursday.

"It didn't matter at that point because I was so far from the cut line".

He three-putted on No. 13. This was not a good set up for me, and I just don't think I was prepared to play the kind of golf that was needed to be on the leaderboard this week. He is at 11 under, two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman and Tommy Fleetwood. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did". The last time Day missed a cut in a major was the 2012 PGA Championship, just a month after his son was born.

Before discussing how big the U.S. Open course rotation is, it needs to be pointed out what exactly defines that orbit.

"I was upset with the score I had made, but it did not have any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot".

The Northern Irishman closed out his round in style with four birdies over his final six holes for a 71, but it was a case of too little unable to undo the damage of a first-round 78. I'm looking forward to it very much.

"Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow", Fowler said.

Casey laid up in the rough, took two chops to get out of more rough behind the 14th green, and staggered away with a triple-bogey 8 that might have ruined his day at Erin Hills. "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".

"I need to get competitive rounds, a card in my hand", the four-time major victor told ESPN.

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