24 June, 2017
Then again, Spieth has always said Ellie is the funniest member of the family. The cut was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah. Results are not what will make this a great week at Erin Hills for the 50-year-old Stricker.
The lead, however, belonged to Brian Harman.
Friday wasn't almost as favorable for the world's three-top ranked players, none of whom will move onto the weekend.
"Erin Hills won't be in the 10-year rotation", Putnam said, "but it will be in the 20-year rotation".
The two-time major champion is 3 under for his third round at the U.S. Open and has moved into the top 25 at Erin Hills.
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. It features a silhouette of Palmer in mid-stride, tossing his visor in the air. "You never know what one shot's going to count for".
Scheffler isn't the only amateur making waves at Erin Hills, with Cameron Champ two shots back of the lead at 5 under. He tees off later on Sunday.
"I definitely hit the ball a bit better off the tee".
World No.1 Dustin Johnson began the day with back-to-back birdies and looked like he may be heading the right way, but three bogeys in his last six holes meant he finished three shots off the cut line at +4.
Patrick Reed began the day at 1-under, six shots behind the leaders, but got going early, almost chipping for eagle at the par-4 second hole before holing his birdie putt to get to 3-under.
The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead.
"I've got a busy summer, so I'm excited to play a lot of golf, " McIlroy said. This is only his second U.S. Open, finishing 27th in 2015. And if that's not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round. "But at least I'll get to sit in air con [conditioning] and watch the guys tear it up on the weekend".
"I'm optimistic with where my game is", he said. Will Fleetwood, Fowler, Koepka or Thomas continue to play well to win it all in the second major tournament of the year?
And then, of course, there's the final groups.
The wind is gusting up to 25 miles per hour with the forecast calling for it to go as high as 30 miles per hour in the afternoon when the leaders tee off.
As of 3 p.m. here, the free-for-all had Hoffman in the lead at 9 under, followed by a four-way jam at 8 under between Reed, the first-time major cut-maker Tommy Fleetwood, the recent Wells Fargo victor Brian Harman and the veteran Englishman Paul Casey.
Rickie Fowler, who is two shots back, said after his round Saturday that he was hoping the wind would pick up to make the course tougher. Jordan Spieth was even par through 12 holes and going nowhere.
Fleetwood had been tied for the lead after birdies on the first, eighth, 12th, 14th and 15th, only to bogey the last after following up a poor pitch by putting his birdie attempt off the green.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and that's been the case for the last six majors, all won by players who had never won a Grand Slam event before.