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19 June 2017, 01:12 | Sandy Nunez
Tommy Fleetwood was relaxed about sharing the lead at the halfway stage of the US Open as the absence of some of golf's biggest names set up an intriguing weekend at Erin Hills. The forecast for Sunday looks good and there is chance for the first significant wind of the week.
American Patrick Reed also flirted with the US Open record, signing for a seven-under 65 to headline a pack of five at eight-under.
It took until this, the 117th staging of the US Open, for a player to post a round of nine under par in this championship. "I'm glad I went through it and I'm glad I'm here".
"And out here I'm just thinking a lot about my stroke, stance, stuff you would rather not be thinking about, you'd rather think about line of pace". Tomorrow's going to be fun.
"I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes". The 24-year-old from Louisville joins Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Vijay Singh as doing precisely that in the US Open.
With the entire field separated by just eight shots after the cut fell at one over, 2015 victor Jordan Spieth had hoped to get himself into contention, but struggled to a 76.
A total of 68 competitors will play the final 36 holes. The experience of building on an opening-round 59 will help, he said.
"Everything I read says that I hit it super short", he said. And I feel like once the can gets open, I'll start pouring them in. Sergio Garcia, of Spain, hits a drive on the 12th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.
Thomas poured in the eagle to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship.
With the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth missing the cut at the U.S. Open, the final two rounds of the major from Erin Hills looked like it would be a tiresome affair. It's interesting to see where the USGA has gone with the U.S. Open, being a little more friendly than in years' past.
"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to ideal. Record scoring and constant movement at the top of the leaderboard is usually exactly what fans want from a golf tournament.
"I had no idea (I was close to a record) in terms of the relation to par", Thomas was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
Instead, Fowler was leapfrogged by one after another, with Paul Casey - who brilliantly recovered from a triple bogey eight on the 14th, his fifth hole, to put together a sequence of five straight birdies from the 17th - the first to reach the clubhouse on the 137 mark. And he missed an eminently makeable eagle putt after driving the green on the par-four 15th.
He's in contention again going into this weekend at another new Open course, Erin Hills.
You can't blame Thomas for failing to revel in his achievement for too long. And secondly, Erin Hills isn't exactly Oakmont.
More startling than the low scores was smoke rising from about a half-mile away when a commercial blimp, not affiliated with the tournament, crashed into a field and burst into flames. "When you set up a golf course in a fair manner and the weather's good, the scores are going to be low".
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