Louis Oosthuizen makes a little noise at US Open

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this".

He added: "It doesn't matter how good you hit it, if you struggle on the greens, there's nothing you can do".

"With some incredible golf the next couple of days, you can make up a significant amount a strokes", he said.

Four years after Justin Rose ended a 43-year wait for an English victor, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood headed into the third round of the US Open at Erin Hills in a four-way tie for the lead. The rankings began in 1986 and this is the first time the top three players in the world have missed the cut in a major. "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". "But as we all know - this game is all about putting". The leaders still had another two hours before they teed off. Oosthuizen, the former British Open champion at St. Andrews, was hopeful of at least giving them something to think about. A run of 26 consecutive holes without a bogey ended when he rammed his long birdie putt on No. 9 about 12 feet by the hole and narrowly missed the par putt. While the course looked to play into all of DJ's strengths, he never really got into a rhythm. "And unfortunately, this didn't pan out".

Don't be alarmed to see a few names atop the leaderboard at the U.S. Open that are familiar only to hard-core golf fans.

It was McIlroy's first tournament since taking time off to tend to a recurring rib injury.

With a record number of scores under par in Round 1, it's no surprise the course was set up tougher for Round 2.

But that was met with a swift response from McIlroy who wrote "More like 200mil... not bad for a "bored" 28 year old... plenty more where that came from" and posted a screenshot of his Wikipedia entry which lists some of his achievements in the game. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results.

When asked why there is so little separation among the field, Holmes said: "It's so long". That's what happens when I try to keep it down.

"I knew I was out of it", Day said.

McIlroy meanwhile said a new putter being used for the tournament was not the problem. "So that just kind of gave me a confidence boost, knowing I can hit those shots". "I actually made a good bogey on 17". "Everything was in good shape".

Provided the rain stays away, Brandt Snedeker believes the course will get dry and fast enough to create a little more separation.

In all, 23 players are within four shots of the lead. He shot 75 and missed the cut.

The 2011 champion McIlroy shot a second round 71 but his horror opening score of five-over on day one means his uncertain season continues as he missed the one-over cut line; the joint-highest in US Open history.

Casey took his place amongst the leading group after recovering from an early implosion that sent him plunging down the leaderboard.

That proved to be true as Casey he almost set the 36-hole U.S. Open birdie/eagle record coming home. This week, he didn't have it. For all the predictions and odds on players who're expected to do well at brutal long courses, things haven't progressed according to script at the 2017 US Open. "And I feel like once the cannon gets open, I'll start pouring them in". Casey and Fleetwood are two of four worldwide players in the top 10 along with Korean Si Woo Kim (who's won on the PGA Tour twice this year) and Hideki Matsuyama from Japan.

Koepka and Fleetwood were due out at 2:18pm local time, with the final pairing of Casey and Harman starting 11 minutes later.