Friday, 20 October, 2017

Four share lead at US Open

Rickie Fowler GETTY US Open 2017 leader Rickie Fowler is seven under par at Erin Hills
Spencer Simpson | 20 June, 2017, 00:39

The two-time major champion is 3 under for his third round at the U.S. Open and has moved into the top 25 at Erin Hills. I've known my game could be capable. with my distance and my wedge game.

Patrick Reed has joined the 65 club at Erin Hills.

Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf.

Then, inexplicably, he lost his putting touch.

He missed a five-footer for birdie on his first and then squandered another chance on 11, where he missed a 12-footer.

"I really haven't been hitting the ball well as of late", Matsuyama said.

"I'm proud of the way I hung in there today. So, all in all, not bad".

Rickie Fowler, on the verge of being left behind, rallied with three straight birdies and shot 68.

The closest he's been to this sort of big-tournament pressure was in March, when he went toe-to-toe with Dustin Johnson at a World Golf Championship in Mexico. No harm, no foul.

Casey birdied five holes in a row after the rough stretch and was the first player in the clubhouse at seven-under.

Koepka raced out to nine under early in his second round, but dropped two shots on his back nine on his way to a 70.

But heavy rain, which has softened greens and made fairways more forgiving, levelled the playing field dramatically. So there he stood at two under and seemingly out of the picture.

Casey opened his second round with three consecutive birdies, but a triple bogey on No. 14 punctured a great effort.

A rattled Casey added another bogey at the 15th to extend his miserable run before hitting back with birdies at 17 and 18.

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said. If I can make four birdies around here, that would be pretty good.

Garcia carded an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys in a roller coaster round. "(It's tough to get through) a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of hiccup".

Koepka - a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach - 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.

As we anticipate a weekend of Koekpa bombs, remember for a moment the U.S. Open of one year ago, when D.J. launched drives all over Oakmont. His best finish was fourth in 2014 at Pinehurst. 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. Through 36 holes, not a single player inside the top 18 has won a major.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", the world number nine said. And I pulled the four-iron on the par-three (sixth). You can make a bogey kind of anywhere ...

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless. He spent all day in the knee-high fescue and shot 78, his worst U.S. Open score.

"I was teeing off and I looked up and saw it on fire, and I felt sick to my stomach", Jamie Lovemark said. At 30, Harman has been around long enough to claim two PGA victories.

Who could have foreseen the winning score in the U.S. Open on the longest course in Open history reaching 16-under par?

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

"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. I'm going to let it happen.

Six players are at 4-under, including Chez Reavie, the other player to shoot 65. "You've got to make putts". But on Sunday, the winds, which so far have been mild, are expected to be in a force, making the final round a real test of skill.

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