Brooks for the win

Fowler seemed unconcerned with missing an opportunity to run away from the field.

Day thought his game was perfectly suited for Erin Hills.

Koepka was the first to strike, making a birdie on the first to go to 12 under and take a share of the lead.

"Well, it wasn't going to be like yesterday, regardless", Thomas said, acknowledging that record-setting days don't come around all that often. It was special for people to give me advice and saying to stick to what I've done.

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages. That score would have won all but two of the previous 116 renditions of this championship.

While Erin Hills was still not playing as hard as many past U.S. Open courses, it was beginning to firm up from the early week rain, plus the USGA had a few tricks up its sleeve.

Of the top 10 players in the world, only Masters champion Sergio Garcia (70) and Fowler broke par.

KEY STATISTIC: The cut, at 1 over, tied a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.

Big hitters Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day were expected to thrive on the wide open fairways of Erin Hills, hosting Wisconsin's first U.S. Open. "And I've been very light on competitive rounds this year, and it's just a matter of getting into a good round of golf now". "I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him".

The final pairing of Casey and Harman are scheduled to tee off at 2:29 p.m. (1925 GMT), but a forecast calling for the possibility of thunderstorms could disrupt third-round action.

'Father's Day for Philando' protest outside St. Anthony Police Dept
Anthony on Sunday to remember Philando Castile and demonstrate against the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez . Lines were set up well away from the protesters on the freeway and police waited them out.

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, walks to the 16th hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

"Yes, there are times I would have rebounded like that, but maybe not as calmly".

With a gusty wind blowing across Erin Hills, Spieth's first shot at the par-3 13th hole landed about 5 feet from the flag.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", Fowler said after his four-under 68 in the third round. He carded three straight birdies on Nos.

After a poor shot on the par-3 13th, Koepka made a long putt to save par and keep him one stroke ahead of Matsuyama in the lead.

Fowler likes his chances of breaking his major duck on Sunday.

However, a rare wild drive at 12 led to his first bogey in 27 holes and another dropped shot at the next effectively ended his hopes of becoming the first left-handed U.S. Open champion. He had chances at the British Open and PGA that year, as well, but his play got overshadowed by others. The golf course today was much tougher, so that created some nerves, just because you knew there was going to be some tough pars out there.

"At the start of the week I was thinking 5-under would maybe win this thing, and I was pretty far off", Stricker said.

"You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn't happen a whole lot".

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