It's not much different than what USGA executive director Mike Davis said about bringing the U.S. Open to Erin Hills, a course that only opened 11 years ago.
Thomas made six birdies and one bogey on his front nine in the third round, and Hoffman birdied three of his first five holes.
"Yeah, 12 under, I'd have about a 10-shot lead in most Opens", he said. I still expect to play well and compete at a high level out here. I just struggled on the greens.
Four years after Justin Rose ended a 43-year wait for an English victor, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood headed into the third round of the US Open at Erin Hills in a four-way tie for the lead. Those dozens of players under par. The top 60 and ties qualify for the final 36 holes.
It was this attractive 3-iron on the 515-yard, par-4 3rd (his 12th hole of the day) that set Casey up for the birdie which gave him a share of the lead.
Rickie Fowler has some company on top of the U.S. Open leaderboard. Johnson is said to have texted a message of congratulations to Harman, who in turn thanked Johnson and wrote back, "I wanted no part of you in a playoff".
"It's just the way the game of golf is", Snedeker said.
English says "They want par to be a good score, and this afternoon it will be". When I get down he kind of tells me a joke or something dumb. I'd venture with confidence that it now stands as the finest final full shot of any 63 in a major. The players were permitted their fun; now was the time to work.
Johnson ended that speculation on Tuesday when he arrived in time for a practise round after partner Paulina Gretzky had given birth to their second child. He won't play again until The Open at Royal Birkdale next month.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain and runner-up Justin Rose of England drive the ball just about as well as anyone, as does Australian Adam Scott, while South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen are always a threat. PGA champion Jimmy Walker missed the cut as he continues to recover from Lyme Disease.
Danny Willett has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a back injury.
It was the second consecutive USA event the Briton has withdrawn from having pulled out of last month's Players Championship in the second round.
Dustin Johnson. Rory McIlroy.
The cut was at one-over par after Friday's round, allowing 68 golfers to make it to the weekend.
"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", the world number nine said. 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.
"The next step is to try and get a big name junior event". "I was a little anxious starting out yesterday and it caught up to me. It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started", said Thomas.
McIlroy has a hectic schedule again. McIlroy is headed for the Travelers Championship next week in CT, and he has three straight tournaments starting with the Irish Open through the British Open.
That's eight of the next 10 weeks after just seven starts in 2017.
Golf fans have been spoiled lately in the sense that they've witnessed for six straight major championships the emotional theatre of players breaking through for their first major victories. "I can't put it any other way". "The course sets up very well for me off the tee".
McIlroy followed an opening-round 78 with a 71 and is now a combined 43 over par in 18 U.S. Open rounds since winning the tournament at Congressional in 2011.
The world number two h it just five of them to tie for last in the 156-man field in that category on day one, but still made four bogeys on Friday despite hitting 11 of 14 fairways.
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