Carnage at US Open as world's top three sent packing

"So you can't really compare Erin Hills to the setup at Oakmont".

Rickie Fowler, on the verge of being left behind, rallied with three straight birdies and shot 68.

Among them all you won't find one victor of a major and only Fowler with star power. And while the leaderboard is packed tightly together heading into an exciting Sunday, there are no past major winners on the first page of the leaderboard.

Seven under led after round one and seven under leads after round two, with the weather expected at the weekend, seven under would probably win the tournament. The cut was projected at one-over.

Make it a six-way tie atop the U.S. Open leaderboard.

Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills. He was coasting along Friday, playing par golf and hanging out at the top of the leaderboard.

Rory McIlroy's 71 wasn't enough and he'll miss the cut at five-over. "It was a really good round of golf and I hardly missed a shot".

Then there was the Par-5 18th hole. "So, all in all, not bad".

A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole. Among those trying to chase him down is Paul Casey of England, who was one shot behind. No harm, no foul.

Casey laid up in the rough on the par-5 14th hole. You've still got to make a score. His third shot went over the back of the green, and it took him five shots from there, including a chip that rolled back to his feet. So there he stood at two under and seemingly out of the picture. He has birdied three of his last four holes. I had no idea that nine under was the best ever in an Open, so that was pretty cool once I saw my card.

The USGA wants to get away from references of the US Open being the toughest test in golf, preferring instead the "ultimate test".

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Koepka is one of those players that the smart guys like to put in their fantasy league.

Louis Oosthuizen is making the biggest move the morning in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. His best finish was fourth in 2014 at Pinehurst. He won the first two tournaments of this year, both in Hawaii. Then he stumbled a bit in his next three starts on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy is back to even-par for the round after bogeying the first three holes on the front nine.

Thomas shook off some nerves as he waited for the putt. I'm looking forward to it very much.

"My best friend has caddied for me for six or seven years", said Champ. "If you do that you're going to deserve a bogey out there".

Jason Day said he enjoyed the walk at Erin Hills the last two days. Fellow-countryman Graeme McDowell follows him out of the tournament, joined by the likes of Jason Dufner, Jason Day and Danny Willett - who withdrew due to the recurrence of a back injury.

"As we all know, this game's all about putting", he said.

"There are always ups and downs out there". Only twice has anyone finished that low in a U.S. Open.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who shot a 1-under 71, says "I think the greens are getting U.S. Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain". I just struggled on the greens.

And despite carding four birdies in his last six holes for a 71 on Friday, the four-time major victor saw his own pre-event prediction come true, having said on Tuesday that anyone who could not hit the wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home".

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