Tricky conditions as players begin third round of US Open

The leaderboard is about as tightly packed as it gets going into the weekend however, with 34 players within five shots of the lead.For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos.Dustin Johnson is 1 over, on the cut line with six holes left. McIlroy is 6 over for the tournament, 13 shots back of leaders Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey. It dropped him two shots off the lead and, to add insult to injury, it will still count as a three-putt. He hammered a chip from just short of the par-5 14th that led to another three-putt bogey. “I’ll just rely on confidence”, said Harman, who won his second PGA Tour event at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.And they had even more company. Competing on a first-time U.S. Open venue that was softened by overnight rains, leaving players to attack to receptive greens not usually encountered at the national championship, and playing on a day with little wind, Thomas made the most of it.Henrik Stenson. Alex Noren. He missed the cut at last year’s PGA and withdrew from this year’s Masters after falling down a staircase.Day at least managed to find one positive spin.McDowell has played a ton with Koepka, and he believes the 27-year-old Floridian will soon stand among the five best players in the world. “U.S. Opens aren’t supposed to be played under par!” they’ll scream right before telling the neighbor kids to get off their lawns. He is at 11 under, two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman and Tommy Fleetwood. There have been tens of thousands of rounds in the 117-year history of the tournament and Thomas is No. 1 on one list (relation to par) and No. 1B on another (score). “And just unfortunately, this didn’t pan out”.Just about everything already has at Erin Hills. If only he had hit the fairways.Xander Schauffele had never made a bogey in the U.S. Open until the par-3 ninth hole at Erin Hills. And even that was frustrating. But he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie chances in that stretch, and one of the birdies he made was a two-putt from 20 feet on the par-5 seventh. He says the greens on his last few holes “were firming up”.Tommy Fleetwood smiles on the 18th green after finishing the second round of the U.S. Open. That still didn’t appear to be almost enough.Reed, who beat Rory McIlroy in the first singles contest at Hazeltine past year and was wearing the pants from his Ryder Cup uniform, said: “You always can take that fire from Ryder Cup and use it in other events”. “I can tell you nobody at this table got caught up”. “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”.His schedule will pick up immediately.”Even though it’s very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer”, McIlroy said. He is long and straight off the tee and an excellent chipper from closely mown areas around the green.”Hats off to him, it’s a great round”, Miller said via phone as he was headed to Utah for Father’s Day.Koepka played his college golf at Florida State, and it isn’t hard to imagine Bobby Bowden – in one of his final acts while coaching the Seminoles – trying to persuade Koepka to give up his noncontact sport for something a bit more, you know, manly. And I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme. “The execution was not there”.As for Johnson? His second son was born Monday and Johnson was headed to California to spend time with his family, change some diapers and presumably work on his putting. Reed was the fourth player this week to post that number and, as of 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, there’s still two dozen players on the course in the third round and the entire fourth round left to play.