Casey swung and missed from the tall fescue on No. 3, and then chipped out and it rolled all the way off the green on the other side.
Casey also had a triple bogey on No. 14 in the second round, but he finished with a 1-under 71 and a share of the 36-hole lead. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills.
It’s the weekend of the 117th playing of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Erin Hills, an 11-year-old course with zero pedigree. Casey is tied with Rickie Fowler at 7 under for the lead.
And then Friday, a 94-year-old man at the tournament for the first time stopped breathing while in a grandstand on the sixth hole and died of what Washington County officials said appeared to be natural causes. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th. He and Casey were joined by Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood, who each had 70.
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. And Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (T-8) is ranked fourth in the world.
One player in particular had a strong following, that being Wisconsin native Steve Stricker, who carded an even-par 72 for his second round.
He drained a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th and then tapped in from seven inches for another birdie on 18 after a delicate chip on. He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214.
Paul Casey produced a brilliant fightback to remain in contention for a first major title as former champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut in the US Open for the second year running.
The little lefty from Georgia has a chance to make a little history at Erin Hills. He just has to listen to the crowd.
And despite not being a seasoned course, Erin Hills has an old school feel to it, with its walking-only policy, brick paths and rustic wood and stone cabins. Reavie moved to 4-under 140, three shots back of the lead on a bunched-up leaderboard.
Justin Thomas may have had one of the more entertaining birdies of the afternoon at the par-4 fifth. He grabbed his putter and pointed it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup. “So that just kind of gave me a confidence boost, knowing I can hit those shots”.
Amateur Scottie Scheffler is playing with the poise of a veteran at the U.S. Open. He shot 68 and was only three back.
There was one last ovation as he walked off the 18th green after putting for par. Much like Johnson, it takes a lot to get him excited – even a share of the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open. He won’t play again until The Open at Royal Birkdale next month.
Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68.
Low scores were available. Newness is the principal issue with Erin Hills. Not everyone can take advantage.
Fans line a hill on the 13th hole during the second round of the. Mickelson has won every major but the U.S. Open.
Even though the massive amount of alterations forced Lang to eventually sell to Andrew Ziegler in 2009, the original developer’s dream was achieved and got Wisconsin its first U.S. Open.
Not bad for a guy who made the cut on the number.
The top of the leaderboard is bunched up, with four players tied for the lead at 7 under, and three more a stroke behind, including Lovemark.
This is more like it for Jordan Spieth at a major. They are still about three hours away from teeing off.
He’s going to have to get it cleaned to wear it again this weekend. “And to play well today on top of it was extra special”.
But that’s not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday. He made an 8, and followed that with a tee shot into the rough to make a bogey. This marks the first 36-hole lead/co-lead for Harman on the PGA Tour.