Super save (for bogey) keeps Fleetwood smiling at US Open

Paul Casey of England reacts after his birdie on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

Paul Casey of England reacts after his birdie on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

Furyk was never seriously challenged in the final round, and he wound up winning by three shots and matching what was then the U.S. Open record at 272.

Day, however, came to the U.S. Open off of a second and a tie for 15th in his last two starts.

If he's anxious, he's a better actor than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But at 5-over 149, he'll have the weekend off, too.

McIlroy and Day needed low rounds to have any chance of advancing to the weekend, and neither was able to produce anything near what was necessary.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career", Day said.

"It's all good holing the putts on the practice green, but it's a different kettle of fish when you get out on the course and have to read slope, read downhill, uphill into the green, side green".

"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", Casey said after his one-under round.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be ideal for their games - spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut. The top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend have combined for zero majors. "But when you're visually looking down the fairway, I think when you're trying to aim at a target at a normal golf course, with normal width fairways, there's some pressure into hitting the fairway because it is a lot narrower than we have out here". Fleetwood climbed the hill, opened up his wedge and flopped it to 6 feet; a potential blowup turned into a birdie that put him at 12 under. I got out of position, but it's the attitude, it's the grit that matters at the end of the week. The soft Black Course allowed players to take dead aim, and Barnes opened with rounds of 67 and 65. Sometimes, they even raise the trophy after 72 holes, a la Shaun Micheel at the 2003 PGA Championship.

The defending champion was up against it after his opening 76, but he made early strides up the leaderboard with birdies at the first two holes before missing a series of further chances on the front nine.

"I think that's a testament to how good the golf course is and how well it's set up", Harman said. "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out".

Danny Willett's miserable post-Masters run continued when a back injury forced him out before tee-off. He finished with a 7 on the par 4, dropping back to 5 under. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", Fowler said after his four-under 68 in the third round. "And I showed what I can do". Reavie had five birdies in a six-hole stretch beginning on No. 11. I don't know what else it was.

"It's just golf. It's frustrating but I don't let it bother me".

McIlroy said he has more work to do with the new putter he put in his bag (TaylorMade Spider) in order to raise his comfort level. "When I first played in the GMO's, that was the hardest thing. So I did a really good job of staying present, staying focused on the next shot". He'll play Travelers, then head overseas to play the Irish Open, Scottish Open and British Open. With Johnson, McIlroy and Day misfiring, it was left to a clutch of unheralded players to dominate the upper reaches of the leaderboard. 11, 12 and 13 as he missed makeable putts on each hole to fall off the pace before finishing with a 1-over 73.

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