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Patrick Reed sets early clubhouse target at rain-softened Erin Hills

18 Junio 2017, 11:19 | Gerardo Tarin

It's supposed to be the most grueling four days of golf they'll play all year. But he's not afraid of success.

"If you look at the golf course and you even talk to me, Jason or Rory, this course sets up ideal for us".

The Englishman won the Masters a year ago for his only PGA Tour victory.

There will be an 18-hole playoff on Monday if the leaders are tied after 72 holes.

He was left with 8 feet for eagle to set the record in relation to par.

"I wish I was about 5 shots better", Stricker said Friday at Erin Hills Golf Club. "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there".

"Just to see their games and how they play, I've grown up watching them".

That includes the other two Kentuckians in the field - former St. Xavier standout Justin Thomas and ex-Louisville Cardinal Adam Hadwin - who are both at 2-under par. Thomas' 9-under 63 was one better than Johnny Miller's 63 in the 1973 final round at Oakmont.

"I don't think I could play any different or score any better than I have done", said Fleetwood, who won his second European Tour title earlier this season at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. It's becoming a Seinfeld "Bizarro" world.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia said he was happy to be in the hunt at the U.S. Open and that his chances of adding a second successive major would improve if the course toughened up in the upcoming rounds.

Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and twice major victor Zach Johnson showed that birdies were still available at rain-softened Erin Hills.

Major championship winners have become an endangered species.

World number two Rory McIlroy misses the cut at the US Open despite a strong finish to his second round at Erin Hills.

The future could be now for Casey who starts the day at seven-under in a four-way tie for the lead alongside compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman.

The common denominator among them?

It helps that Erin Hills has a sole private owner in Andy Ziegler, who closed the almost 650 acres to the public last fall to preserve its form. The world No. 14 found himself in trouble when he flew his approach out of rough over the green into the deep fescue and needed five more strokes to get in the cup.

Fowler, sharing a house with Thomas this week, was being left behind until he ran off three straight birdies and shot 68.

"When I saw I had a putt I told [my caddy], 'let's go make history".

"It seems to be working pretty well. I feel like that's going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things".

"Oh, gosh, Jimmy, be good", Thomas said to his caddie, Jimmy Johnson.

Not only were course officials allowed extra time to make the mandated adjustments to the course before hosting this national open, the grass was given every opportunity to grow and prosper. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for a 70. He'd miss that putt for eagle, but he gave golfers everywhere a new catchphrase to say as their golf balls are in the air.

"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.

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