Eight of the top 12 in the world will not be around for the weekend at this most unusual U.S. Open, where the top 60 and ties advanced to the final two rounds.
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.
"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us", Johnson said. I'll probably just play for sure to get ready for the British. "So you've got to minimize those mistakes, minimize those bogies".
He then bogeyed the 15th hole, hitting it short of the green in two and failing to get up and down.
"I'm proud of the way I hung in there today". I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes.
"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history. "If you do that you're going to deserve a bogey out there".
Stricker, who recently turned 50, admitted the extreme length of the course - it played at 7,839 yards Friday - limits his opportunities to make birdies and therefore gain much momentum. "So I just need to go home, relax a little bit, hang out with the family and I'll see you at the Open Championship in a month".
Erin - World number one Dustin Johnson said he plans to take some time off with his family as he struggles to digest his US Open flop. But, despite the considerable length of the course, the game's other big hitters aren't up front with him.
Rogness, who is from the Milwaukee area, said he and Blise are longtime golfers. "So you've got to be very patient and stay in the moment", he said. Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it.
The last six majors have been won by first-timers, and that cycle has a good chance to continue.
This might have been more than anyone was expecting.
"It always does that", he said. He finished with a 7 on the par 4, dropping back to 5 under.
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen had looked like being the early pacesetter, the former Open champion going to the turn in 32 and picking up shots on the 11th and 15th, only to run up a double bogey on the 17th. A chip went sailing past the pin, leaving a long putt to save par which was duly missed. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it". Two shots might separate the top 12 players - with just eight shots spread across the entire field - but the leaderboard is devoid of high-profile players and marquee names.
In the previous 116 U.S. Opens, only six players had ever reached 10-under par or lower, never in the same tournament. Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.
Friday wasn't almost as favorable for the world's three-top ranked players, none of whom will move onto the weekend.
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