US Open at a glance

Fans line a hill on the 13th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

Fans line a hill on the 13th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

He had birdied three of his first four holes and was at 3-under-par overall on a day when no one posted a 36-hole total of better than 7-under.

Steve Stricker has had a smile the size of Hole 18 on his face all week at Erin Hills.

The lead, however, belonged to Brian Harman.

"I got a massive break", he said.

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day also left Erin Hills earlier than anyone expected. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday. I'm going to play.

T5. Rickie Fowler (-6): If not for a brutal three-hole stretch on the back nine in which he went bogey-bogey-bogey, Fowler would be headed to the weekend with the outright lead.

That's what happened as Stricker made it exactly on the cut line. He rebounded nicely with only one bogey and five birdies after his snowman on No. 14.

And then, Fowler took a bogeys at Nos. He was 10 under, only two shots behind. "I got off to a good start, but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on". And I can hit those shots.

"I'm optimistic with where my game is", he said. "I feel like that's going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things".

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

A further bogey on the third left him nine over.

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Hideki Matsuyama had quite a day at Erin Hills.

Sixty-eight players made the cut, with former champion Webb Simpson, former Masters and British Open victor Zach Johnson and former PGA champion Keegan Bradley all making it on the number.

"The finish was awesome. But you don't really know until you put a card in your hand and you're under the gun a little bit", said McIlroy, who said goodbye at 5 over.

He might need one at this rate.

The forecast calls for plenty of rain, but just how much? Hopefully, I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system [Thursday] and some parts [Friday]. I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week, and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it. I've really enjoyed it. He has won one tournament on the PGA Tour.

Paul Casey rode a rollercoaster to a four-way share of second-round lead at the U.S. It took a hard turn to the right and rolled in. He's at four-over through 54 holes watching a crowded leaderboard leave him in the distance.

"I hit the ball better than I did yesterday, I drove it very well and hit a lot of good iron shots, I just didn't make any putts", Johnson said. A chip went sailing past the pin, leaving a long putt to save par which was duly missed.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history.

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. I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did, I just struggled on the greens.

But the work is not done. He was coasting along, playing par golf and hanging out at the top of the leaderboard.

"Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow", Fowler said.

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