Fowler, three others share lead after two rounds at US Open

The blimp was scene earlier in the day capturing footage of the tournament

The blimp was scene earlier in the day capturing footage of the tournament

Eight of the top 12 players in the world won't be around for the weekend at Erin Hills, leaving a tournament as open as the land on which it was built. Thomas is tied for second with Tommy Fleetwood (68) and Brooks Koepka (68). There is a deep roster of players with a chance to win tomorrow, but Fowler is the only one who can thrill fans by plucking a pencil from a cardboard box.

South Korea's Kim Si-Woo was one behind Fowler on nine under after also shooting 68, while three players - Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman were on eight under.

Danny Willett has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a back injury.

Reed, who beat Rory McIlroy in the first singles contest at Hazeltine previous year and was wearing the pants from his Ryder Cup uniform, said: "You always can take that fire from Ryder Cup and use it in other events". "I'm not going to delve into the things that I derive my motivations from, but I'm certainly motivated".

"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".

Miller, whose 8-under 63 came in the final round, and Jack Nicklaus (1980, Baltusrol) are the only players to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open and win. The 1990 Open at Medinah also had a cut of one-over. You're talking one-on-one competition against 155 players.

"It will be just fine", said Fowler, who plays in the third-to-last group on Saturday.

"I've made plan and I've stuck to the plan", he said. "I'm enjoying it right now". "Struck it well, had a couple putts that could have gone that didn't, but had a bunch of looks, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here". "Open tradition" with wide fairways and soft landing areas, referring to Erin Hills on Saturday as more of a "PGA Tour event course setup".

A three-time victor on the PGA Tour this season, Thomas also joined the exclusive "59" club by breaking 60 at the Sony Open, but he may have saved his best for Father's Day weekend and his quest for his first major crown.

Former champion Rory McIlroy found form too late to avoid a second consecutive missed cut in the US Open, but was able to take some positives from his display at Erin Hills. The cut was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.

Speaking after a nervy ending to his round which ended with a vital bogey putt, Fleetwood added: "It was uncharted territory for me, leading a major but from the minute I teed off I felt comfortable in my swing".

Thomas set the U.S. Open scoring record despite registering a pair of bogeys, offsetting them with nine birdies and his closing eagle. He rolled a long birdie putt off the sixth green and made bogey, and he dropped two more shots with three-putt bogeys.

Some of those who came out to the U.S. Open said they wanted to experience the tournament and check out the attractive Erin Hills Gold Course.

Justin Thomas may have had one of the more entertaining birdies of the afternoon at the par-4 fifth. "It's still Erin Hills". Mickelson has won every major but the U.S. Open.

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.

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