"I know it's cliche, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course".
Winning the U.S. Open is something he has thought about many times, the 26-year-old from Southport said. Johnson came in with 73, but that was not almost enough, as he finished at 4-over 148 when 145 or better was needed to advance.
Harman closed with two birdies and three tough pars for a 5-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead at 12-under 204. But at 5-over 149, he'll have the weekend off, too.
"It's been the best preparation going into a major", Day said.
"I've got a busy summer, so I'm excited to play a lot of golf".
"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said after his one-under round.
McIlroy, sidelined for a month with rib and back injuries, could not shake off the rust missing the US Open cut for the second consecutive year.
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But early wickets are never good, especially in a chase. "We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Kohli said. With the bat in hand, India found themselves under early pressure after losing both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for just 6 runs.
"It was definitely a lot more like a US Open today than yesterday", Leishman said. In the Sony Open he became the seventh player to shoot a sub-60 round with a 59. After another week, it's the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship. His errant driving, for one; two triple bogeys he encountered on Thursday, the first time that has happened as a pro; and failing to scramble well when he missed greens.
Seventeen players shot in the 60s at Erin Hills, which at 7,845 yards was the longest course in major championship history. "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out".
Steve Stricker has had a smile the size of Hole 18 on his face all week at Erin Hills. "That was goal in the week to be in contention on Sunday whether it's two in front, two in back or tied for the lead".
Miller makes the further distinction, as one would expect he would, that his 63 came in the final round, with the trophy on the line. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results.
Johnson had started his round with a flourish, notching back-to-back birdies to immediately move up the leaderboard. "Obviously, I paid the price for it today". He has birdied three of his last four holes. But he also struggled around the greens, failing to get up and down once in six opportunities. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it". And I feel like once the can gets open, I'll start pouring them in. "It was a really good round of golf and I hardly missed a shot". He'll play Travelers, then head overseas to play the Irish Open, Scottish Open and British Open.
Paul Casey is the latest example of how little it takes to record a big number in the U.S. Open. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.
"Yeah, first cut made, too (at the U.S. Open)", Harman said.
Fireworks are fireworks regardless of who sets them off, right? He never expected to be making those plans on a Friday. This week, he didn't have it. I've just got to keep going.
On a wild day of highs and lows - and even a commercial blimp that crashed and caught fire outside the golf course during the round - Fowler emerged with a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and U.S. Open rookie Xander Schauffele in a most peculiar debut for the 11-year-old golf course.