Paul Casey finds more rough trouble around Erin Hills at US Open

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Koepka faded on the back nine with two bogeys on the home straight, while Fowler slumped with three bogeys in a row just after the turn and could not battle his way back to top spot.

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"I got a massive break", he said.

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book Saturday. Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood are at 8 under.

Sitting two shots back with the clubhouse lead is Paul Casey who survived a rollercoaster round that included a gut-wrenching triple-bogey and a thrilling run of five straight birdies.

"I was upset with the score I had made, but it had, in no way, any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot".

There were 18 rounds in the 60s, starting with one for the record book. He was coasting along, playing par golf and hanging out at the top of the leaderboard.

"Usually when you shoot even in a U.S. Open and you're one off the lead, you're not six down afterward", J.B. Holmes said. I guess it's [rare] you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of hiccup.

On that occasion, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Ray Floyd shared the halfway lead, with Irwin going on to win the "Massacre at Winged Foot" on seven over par.

And then there is Rickie Fowler, also one back. There no longer is a 10-shot rule that would allow anyone within 10 shots of the lead to make the cut.

"I started feeling a couple of rounds at Colonial like that, where I really felt like I was seeing the lines, I was confident going into it".

The last six majors have crowned first-time champions and that trend looks poised to continue at Erin Hills where you have to look way down the leaderboard to 19th before finding a major victor in U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain.

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers.

Yet Johnson was forced to bide his time for the next six holes, unable to convert the few birdie chances that came his way.

"We've got pretty good relationship with all the folks".

Despite the issues, though, Fowler remains in contention for his first major championship.

"The finish was awesome. I feel pretty confident", Kopeka said after his round.

He might need one at this rate.

Looking towards the weekend, he said all the low scoring on the rain-softened course could abruptly end.

The 26-year-old Reed had eight birdies and one bogey.

"That means I'm a part of history", he said.

Asked if he would have been able to recover from such a mistake earlier in his career, Casey added: "In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, so probably not!"

"It was definitely a lot more like a US Open today than yesterday the greens were a little quicker again", Leishman said. "I really haven't been hitting the ball well as of late". When you're trying to aim at a target usually at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure in hitting the fairway.

The 21-year-old Kim is charging up the leaderboard in the second round of the U.S. Open. Thomas rolled in an 18-footer that went right to left from the edge of the green. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

"I think the biggest thing is not getting ahead of yourself".

Four years after Justin Rose ended a 43-year wait for an English victor, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood headed into the third round of the US Open at Erin Hills in a four-way tie for the lead.

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