McIlroy, Day try to make up ground, make cut at US Open

Rickie Fowler, one of the top players on Tour without a major, is two shots off the lead after a third-round 68.

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. "I'm really, really happy with it". I've shown what can happen with one bad swing. It's just frustrating, like I said.

The stats prove him right.

He started off with a booming drive, but the real mastery came with his second shot.

Around 70 minutes earlier, compatriot Patrick Reed had faced a similar length putt to Thomas on the 18th to shoot eight under but missed his birdie attempt and had to settle for a 65.

Johnson put his weekend in jeopardy after missing a 6-footer for par on the par-3 13th.

Day, who had made the cut at every major since the 2012 PGA Championship, followed up his opening round 79 with a 75, leaving the Australian anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at 10-over.

At least he'll have plenty of company at the airport.

While Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy of Ireland and Jason Day of Australia all failed to make the cut on Friday, the championship chase will begin in earnest on Saturday with the U.S. Open wide open and there for the taking. I was trying to get it in the best spot possible to make four and then once I saw I was on the green, Jimmy [Johnson, Thomas" caddie] and I were walking up there and I was like "man, we got a chance at history, we may as well give it a run'. As we all know, this game is all about putting.

Fowler said he knew low scores would be attainable but was impressed by the U.S. Open record-setting round of nine-under carded by Justin Thomas, his friend and room mate this week. He missed the cut at last year's PGA and withdrew from this year's Masters after falling down a staircase. "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up".

Casey flipped a switch nearly immediately after those first six holes to salvage a solid performance. There have been a pair of 65s, and Brian Harman holds the 54-hole lead at 12-under. He ended up winning by three.

Zach Johnson holed an 8-foot putt on the par-3 ninth for his third birdie of the front nine. Jordan Spieth, a close pal of Thomas's, shot 76.

Johnson, who arrived late at Erin Hills following the birth of his second child on Monday, will now have extra time to spend with his infant son after returning a 73 for four-over.

Johnson, who won at Oakmont at year ago and added another five victories in the last 11 months, played the closing six holes at Erin Hills in 3-over par to miss the 36-hole cut by three strokes. "The guys at the scoring table told me that, so I was pretty pumped".

"Everything I read says that I hit it super short", he said.

"I could not have hit that three-wood to the last (from 299 yards) any better if I tried, just a little high cut and I was very fortunate for the overnight rain for the ball to stay there". "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless. "I'll work on the game a little bit, and I'll be ready to play at the British".

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