USOpen: Four-way tie at Erin Hills

Tommy Fleetwood smiles on the 18th green after finishing the second round of the U.S. Open. Add it up, and he's in a four-way tie for the lead at seven under.

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It has been 20 years since Els won the U.S. Open at Congressional, when he held off Colin Montgomerie by a stroke.

A crowded leaderboard missing most of golf's big names has set the stage for a wide open run for the U.S. Open trophy as third-round play got underway on Saturday at a steamy Erin Hills.

Casey chopped his way to a triple bogey, only to respond with five straight birdies that carried him to a 1-under 71 and make him the first to post at 7-under 137. He set the target early under warm sunshine, and even as the wind tapered in the afternoon, no one finished with a better score.

Former Seminole Brooks Koepka had the lead until he turned a birdie chance into a bogey on the par-5 first hole after making the turn. You can still make birdies out there. Five players were two shots off the lead.

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Now, he's still very much in play, at six under after shooting a 73.

For the first time in a major, the top three players in the world all failed to make the cut. "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend". Only a half-dozen of them had even experienced Sunday contention in golf's biggest events.

Similar scoring had initially appeared a possibility at Erin Hills, which became the longest course in major championship history at 7,845 yards in the first round and featured such thick fescue grass that patches had to be chopped down on four holes on Tuesday.

Patrick Reed has joined the 65 club at Erin Hills. "So it's just nice to see it come along at the right time". There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick.

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Brian Harman looks at the company he has at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard and can't help but think that the demanding Erin Hills layout has something to do with the crowd he finds himself in. McIlroy was 4 shots off the cut line and Day a whopping 9 shots removed.

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Then, inexplicably, he lost his putting touch.

"I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did", Johnson said. "Part of that is just age, and part I'll give credit to caddy Johnny McLaren, credit to my wife and my little boy".

Day never had a chance, following his career-worst 79 in a U.S. Open with a 75. A lot of them had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive "59" club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year.

Joining them were British Open champion Henrik Stenson (No. 6), Alex Noren (No. 8), Jon Rahm (No. 10), Justin Rose (No. 11) and Adam Scott (No. 12).

The fifth hole was played as a 111-yard par 3 instead of a par 5 because of the flooding from overnight rain. With one more birdie on the back nine, Matsuyama carded a sparkling seven-under 65, matching Fowler for the low round of the week. "It's been a good ride", the popular Els said while signing autographs for fans. "I wasn't out of position all day until that point. But I hit it well all day, so it was all a matter of hitting the shots closer and I guess just taking advantage of like No. 11, reaching that one in two, and making a few putts for birdie".

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Playing partner Jason Day finished with a bogey, and the two major champions strolled off together. "It was a bit of a roller coaster".

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