Day 3 at the US Open: How locals fared Saturday

He became the third defending U.S. Open champion to miss the cut in the last six years, and has now missed the weekend in the last three majors.The Englishman then sat back and watched as compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman each carded two-under 70 to join him at the top of a crowded leaderboard at seven-under. More important, he was happy with how he played Friday and remained optimistic that he could carry that over to the weekend.Count former Taylor County and University of Kentucky star J.B. Holmes among those in the mix.American favourite Johnson crashed out after he could only card a one-over-par 73, which left him four over for the tournament at the sprawling Erin Hills course in rural Wisconsin.A 338-yard drive off the tee took him to the edge of the green and he got up and down in two for a birdie.”I know it’s cliche, but the last thing you need to be doing is thinking ahead, especially on this golf course”. Get through the tough pin and get to the next hole … “It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started”.”I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week”, he said. “If you do that you’re going to deserve a bogey out there”. Moments later, he began a run of five straight birdies that put him right where he wanted to be going into the weekend. You’ve still got to make a score.Matsuyama, at number four the highest ranked player still in the field, starts at five-under along with young South Korean Kim Si-woo, amateur Cameron Champ, PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele and veteran Brandt Snedeker. Add Justin Thomas to the list of golf greats below.”It’s still golf”, he said. “So you’ve got to minimize those mistakes, minimize those bogies”. Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it.A superb chip to three feet set up the birdie on the 597-yard first hole before he then demolished the short par-four second. McIlroy could only take some optimism away from his finish.Holmes expects the scoring to get more hard over the final rounds.Rickie Fowler, the 18-hole leader, made an 8-foot birdie on No. 2 and was just getting going. Today really kind of stayed the same. He finished with a 7 on the par 4, dropping back to 5 under.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.”Did you hit it good?” asked Johnson.Then, inexplicably, he lost his putting touch. “We had to come back sooner than I thought, so that’s been nice really”. “So I could feel a little bit again, but I just wanted to calm myself and just try to relax over that putt”.An updated leaderboard can be found at U.S. McIlroy came to life when it was far too late.Other notable players failing to make the cut included British Open champion Henrik Stenson (147), former Masters winners Charl Schwartzel (147) of South Africa and Australian Adam Scott (147) and double Masters victor Bubba Watson (148).