Day meanwhile was left sliding towards an early exit after a calamitous seven-over-par 79. Fowler shot a 73 and was still very much in the hunt at a second straight major.
Rickie Fowler opened with a 7-under 65. When you find yourself asking why, here's a brief explanation.
Dustin Johnson had to gouge it out of the rough on at least eight occasions, including the par-5 14th hole when he tried to play conservatively and laid up into rough.
Jason Day, the world number three, will also have the weekend off after a 75 left the Australian at 10 over through two rounds.
"(On Thursday), coming off an injury, I was a little anxious going out there.
In fact, that's 15 more than the top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend.
The player then missed the putt, which elicited a "Ah, he MISSED it!" from one of the guys before they moved on.
Rory McIlroy sprayed the ball all over the place. I may yet regret leaving him and recent Wells Fargo victor, Brian Harman, out of my portfolio but I'm going to risk it and go a tiny bit further down the leaderboard for my opening in-play picks.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo Accused of Tax Evasion, Could Face Jail Time
"It's just golf. It's frustrating but I don't let it bother me. So, all in all, not bad".
"Showed up for the last six holes, anyway", said the four-times major victor, who made four birdies on his second nine, including his finishing hole, the par-three ninth. No harm, no foul.
Schauffele double bogeyed the par-3 13th hole.
Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey are part of the pack at seven under, the top marking heading into Saturday. He failed to advance his fourth shot more than a foot as the high grass grabbed the club.
After hitting his drive into the rough on the 17th hole, Hadwin did well to get his second shot up by the green. So there he stood at two under and seemingly out of the picture.
Paul Casey's birdie run is over.
"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card", Casey said. So it's pretty simple: I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough. Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster. "(It's tough to get through) a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of hiccup".
The Florida native has more good finishes in the majors than any of the other four. He was 13th a year ago at Oakmont. The 54-hole PGA Tour Champions event is Friday through Sunday at University Ridge in Madison and Stricker will be playing in it for the first time after turning 50 this year.More news: Trump Appears to Confirm He Is Under Federal Investigation
Young American Xander Schauffele, who had started the day alongside Casey in joint second, held steady in the toughening conditions reeling off four pars before carding his first birdie of the day at the fifth to join Fowler at the top. Especially if your "breakfast" occurs around 11 a.m.as the first wave of golfers are playing through the front nine where you've staked out some lawn chair real estate overlooking one of the greens. He missed a six-foot putt on his last hole, which would have given him sole possession of the lead.
"I get that it's thick and whatever, but it's a hazard". And I pulled the four-iron on the par-three (sixth).
The 26-year-old Englishman has been on the European Tour since 2011.
The Sheriff's Office said its initial investigation revealed that the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems before the crash. "Anything can happen. There are always ups and downs out there".
And even though it is the longest course to ever host a U.S. Open, Erin Hills has two short par-4 holes - Nos.
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