“It was a good display, all my own fault, but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14″.Justin Thomas hits a drive on the 18th hole during Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.Casey, who had shot a six-under-par 66 on Thursday, came unstuck with a disastrous triple bogey eight on the 14th after teeing off on the 10th hole. This would be the antithesis of the Tiger Woods romp at Pebble Beach in 2000, in part because it figured to spend the weekend shorn of so many of its stars. There was a slight breeze out there, and the greens were receptive if you were in the fairway. If I can make four birdies around here, that would be pretty good.Charley Hoffman is all by himself on top of the U.S. Open – for now.Another warm, dry day is drying out the course, and the players are noticing a difference. He was coasting along Friday, playing par golf and hanging out at the top of the leaderboard.Fowler, who held a one shot advantage overnight, cruised through an error free front nine that included two birdies.Hoffman birdied five of his first eight holes to get to 9 under, one shot clear of a massive logjam in second.”Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I’m a pretty happy man”, said Casey. “Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster”.”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”. “And just unfortunately, this didn’t pan out”.Now, he’s still very much in play, at six under after shooting a 73.In all, 23 players are within four shots of the lead.A record 44 players finished under par in the first round, bunching the field up as the action unfolds. The record for a lowest cut was 1-over 145 at Medinah in 1990.Of the 68 players who made the cut, 42 are under par.”Not your typical U.S. Open setup, but I’m a big fan”, McIlroy said.And during a week where the pressures of a U.S. Open have already sent the likes of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson packing, Holmes is not overthinking anything.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.”I couldn’t possibly shoot any higher than I did”, Johnson said. Asked about this phenomenon, he said earnestly, “Did I have five birdies in a row?” “And I’ve been very light on competitive rounds this year, and it’s just a matter of getting into a good round of golf now”.”It’s just golf. It’s frustrating but I don’t let it bother me”. I’ve known my game could be capable. with my distance and my wedge game. If the course gets more water, it will be hard pressed to play fast and firm and tougher. Hey, can you tell them the course is too long, they’ll move up the tees.McIlroy got off to a nice start with an eagle on the par-4 No. 2, but that was his biggest highlight. But if it gets soft, they’ll get wide again and guys will be throwing darts out there. “I think seven under can still win the championship”.Elsewhere, last year’s U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett withdrew from the event with a sore back on Friday as the Englishman’s injury woes continued.