Paul Casey finds more rough trouble around Erin Hills at US Open

Javier Howell
June 20, 2017

Fowler dropped to a share of fifth at six under, alongside compatriots Jamie Lovemark and JB Holmes (both 69).

Between them all you won't find one victor of a major. Sergio Garcia might shoot 63 on Saturday and give himself a chance to win the first two majors of the year, but everyone here at the course will be waiting for a plague of locusts or frogs at that point!

"I'm playing the weekend". Of that group, only Fowler at 6-under and Matsuyama at 5-under were in the top 10.

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Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills.

"We're a pretty big golf family". Fowler's streak ended at 28 holes, however, when he went just long on the 11th hole and had to chip sideways to have any chance of a reasonable par putt. "So I did a really good job of staying present, staying focused on the next shot". "So, all in all, not bad". Fowler shot 73 and was still very much in the hunt.

Once again golfers were taking full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenceless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto.

Johnson had started his round with a flourish, notching back-to-back birdies to immediately move up the leaderboard. No harm, no foul. By the end of a wild and wide-open Saturday, five players were double digits under par.

After hitting his drive into the rough on the 17th hole, Hadwin did well to get his second shot up by the green. He failed to advance his fourth shot more than a foot as the plants grabbed the club. "Just got to get off to a good, slow start, get conservative and kind of work my way into a solid round". So there he stood at two under and seemingly out of the picture. "But I'm a pretty happy man". "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

McIlroy, who had stumbled through a lacklustre opening round on Thursday, again found the going tough after teeing off on the 10th hole.

Koepka is one of those players that the smart guys like to put in their fantasy league. But I'll play a lot, I just won't practice too much.

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The U.S. Open didn't seem to faze him, and he delivered a variety of big shots that led to his sensational finish. He was 13th past year at Oakmont. Without a tour to play, he headed off to the European minor leagues, won three times to earn a promotion to the European Tour and won in Turkey. Then his game flattened out on the front nine, bogeying one and six.

In the final round at Oakmont past year, his golf ball moved slightly as he positioned himself for a short putt on the fifth hole. "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".

Four others are within three shots as the third round winds down. You can still make birdies out there.

"It was a good day for me", Stricker said.

Three more birdies on his inward nine took him to seven under and a piece of US Open history.

Most players said it was very fair and playable the first two days.

Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. At 30, Harman has been around long enough to claim two PGA victories.

Newly branded as the "ultimate test in golf", the U.S. Open has always been famed for its toughness and Erin Hills was expected to add to that hard-man reputation.

"The only expectation I had was to be low (amateur)", Champ said.

Despite their respective struggles, neither Johnson, McIlroy or Day took issue with the course, instead taking ownership of the problems that cut their weekend short. "I just happened to be in the flawless spot".