JB Holmes one shot off US Open lead heading into weekend

  • JB Holmes one shot off US Open lead heading into weekend

JB Holmes one shot off US Open lead heading into weekend

"It's one of the hardest tests of golf we get through the year", Fowler said. His total of 154 equaled his worse two-round total at a major, matching his first two rounds at The Open in 2013. But in the previous two U.S. Opens, Johnson added life to what is traditionally golf's toughest and often most drama-free major.

On Saturday, Justin Thomas tied the record for the best round at a major by shooting 63.

The big-hitting 22-year-old amateur from Texas A&M shot 69 Friday to move into a tie for eighth, just two shots off the lead.

It was day of sizzling drama on the links-style layout that featured stunning birdie runs and spectacular collapses - some like Casey coming on the same scorecard. One shot behind him was South Korea's Si Woo Kim, who posted a 68 in the penultimate round. She thought for a second and replied, "16 birdies". "I'm sure mama's waiting for me to get home so I can help her out", Johnson said of his girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky.

The Englishman rallied with a string of five birdies in a row on the way to a 71 that put the smile back on his face and his name on top of the leaderboard at Erin Hills.

Three pars later, it was all over.

World number nine Rickie Fowler, runner-up in the US Open in 2014, is two off the lead on 10 under. Then again, Spieth has always said Ellie is the funniest member of the family.

It was the first time since the rankings system was launched in April 1989 that the world's top three players have all failed to make the third round of a major.

After tying for 45th at the Memorial last month, Matsuyama arrived at Erin Hills on a downturn in a topsy-turvy season. He enters the final round in a three-way tie for second place at 11-under par, along with Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka.

It's looking like Erin Hills wants to be the Robin Hood of major championship golf, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. He was one of only nine golfers under par, with the leaders set to tee of later Sunday.

BUSY BADGER: No break for Steve Stricker after the U.S. Open. It features a silhouette of Palmer in mid-stride, tossing his visor in the air.

Brian Harman isn't a very big guy: 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, according to his PGA Tour profile, which seems slightly optimistic.

He was at 7-under 137, two shots clear of anyone else who played early in warm sunshine on a course that getting dry and crispy. I wanted to experience our first U.S. Open more than anything here in our state. But a 675-yard par-5, nobody's hitting to that.

After a record number of scores under par during Round 1, anyone who knows the USGA's style knew things wouldn't be quite as simple in Round 2.

Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, also missed the cut at the Memorial, so this was the first time since 2013 (Pebble Beach, Riviera) that he has missed the cut in consecutive events.

"I hate just being in the situation where I've been in a good spot and maybe let it get away from me a little bit and let some mistakes compound and turn a round that you (just) kind of fight through it and end up being in a decent spot after the day", Fowler said. He tees off later Sunday.

Whoever emerged victorious would definitely have earned it given the conditions which were reminiscent of the final round of the 1992 US Open at Pebble Beach.