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US Open snippets from third round at Erin Hills
18 Junio 2017, 12:53 | Crisanna Felipe
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There are 15 players within seven strokes, so it's still a wide open tournament.
Another warm, dry day is drying out the course during the second round of the U.S. Open, and the players are noticing a difference. The world number 50 headed to the clubhouse on 12 under, one ahead of Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England'sTommy Fleetwood.
The player who turned the U.S. Open into a soap opera of sorts the previous two years won't be around for the weekend this time. It's a different version of a U.S. Open. There never have been nine straight Opens without a playoff.
"Shooting a good score today gave me a lot of confidence", Matsuyama said. "To have a chance tomorrow is just going to be great", said Thomas.
"Hopefully we don't get any water on the course and it dries out a little bit and makes it to where it's going to take a quality round of golf to win", Fowler said. Tomorrow's going to be fun. I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice.
Thomas' 63 is the first 9-under-par round in U.S. Open history, eclipsing Johnny Miller's 8-under 63 in 1973.
That's eight of the next 10 weeks after just seven starts in 2017. He said that his 16 years of experience is what allowed him to keep the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th hole.
"Being out of position off the tee does not help", he said.
Thomas, who said he didn't expect anyone to get to 12-under on Saturday, will follow the same strategy. "I have no idea how the weekend is going to go, no one does. When I get it going, I don't fear it like I used to of stalling". "But I think definitely getting a lot speedier, a lot faster".
Once again golfers were taking full advantage of a softened Erin Hills layout left defenceless by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto.
At the opposite end of the board it became a first in a Major with the current World No.1, No.2 and No.3 each missing the cut since the World Rankings began in April 1989. What's more, this course had seemed a ideal match for the considerable skills of No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Jason Day.
English says "They want par to be a good score, and this afternoon it will be".
This won't be a U.S. Open final round where you can focus in on one pairing and expect the victor to be one of those two.
Casey seemed poised for a disastrous second round after opening with a 66 on Thursday.
If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.
Casey has recorded triple bogeys before in his long and illustrious 17-year pro career but none where he has fought back to share the lead in a Major. And he missed an eminently makeable eagle putt after driving the green on the par-four 15th. The Japanese star matched Chez Reavie for the best round of the day, three shots clear of the next best performance by Bill Haas.
The Englishman had a chance for a piece of the third-round lead at the U.S. Open as he lined up his third shot on the par-5 final hole: a 50-yard wedge from the bottom of the hill that led to the green. He hit three straight bogeys that dropped his score to six under par.
Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills.
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On No. 7 he sank a 15-footer. "But more important than that was just to get myself in contention to win the tournament". He said that his 16 years of experience is what allowed him to keep the wheels from falling off on the par-5 14th hole.
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Provided the rain stays away, Brandt Snedeker believes the course will get dry and fast enough to create a little more separation. The USGA has a history of pushing the envelope when setting up courses for the USA championship. "So, I am a pretty happy man".
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