Amateur Scheffler plays with poise at US Open


As for scoring drama - well, this was one time he may have wished he didn't know where he stood.

It was the first time since the rankings system was launched in April 1989 that the world's top three players have all failed to make the third round of a major.

World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson is among the late starters and will have to improve on Thursday's three-over effort if he hopes to take his title defense into the weekend. He'll head home to spend time with his son, River Jones Johnson, who was born Monday.

"There are always ups and downs out there, but I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I'm sure I won't worry".

"I was upset with the score I had made, but it did not have any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot".

No matter. He shot 38 on his first nine but rallied for 33 on his second nine.

Bill Haas played bogey-free in his round of 68 and joined a group at 4-under 140 that included Harris English (69) and Marc Leishman (72).

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.

At least he'll have plenty of company at the airport. "But when you're visually looking down the fairway, I think when you're trying to aim at a target at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure into hitting the fairway because it is a lot narrower than we have out here". "But as we all know, this game's all about putting".

"Just to see their games and how they play, I've grown up watching them".

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Casey's five birdies were one short of the U.S. Open record last matched the day before by Adam Hadwin. He missed the cut at last year's PGA and withdrew from this year's Masters after falling down a staircase.

Tommy Fleetwood is among the long shots who has given himself a real shot to win the U.S. Open.

"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", he said. That's two Brits and two Americans, and no one you'd recognize if you saw them in the Tally Ho Pub & Grill a mile from Erin Hills.

This year's U.S. Open, though, is taking that to another level.

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. Spieth ended up winning by a shot. All at seven under par at Erin Hills.

The 2011 champion dropped back to seven over on his third hole today, before bouncing back with birdie on the following hole and made it to the turn remaining at six over par.

Amazingly it could have been even better if not for bogeys on the fourth and 10th, as well as a missed eagle putt from six feet on the 15th after he had driven the green on the 288-yard par four. It's been unbelievable. The amount of support that I've received every hole I walk up to, every tee box, it's been unreal.

As he did most of the week, he hit it great - and then settled for a score that wasn't good enough. I've got four weeks off now. I sort of have to let it come to me little bit.

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