The wrong kind of US Open history: Top 3 all miss cut

Torrential rain that doused the 7,818-yard layout at Erin Hills overnight presented the field with a feast of birdie chances, transforming the leaderboard into a sea of red as dusk fell. Paul Casey had a miserable time at Erin Hills on Saturday. He had no explanation or theory on why the top three players in the world would not be around for the weekend - the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking debuted in 1986 that the top three in the world missed the cut at a major.

Also, Fowler has never won one. But I think at the end of the day it's competitive rounds with a card in my hand that I need and I've been very light on them this year. 11, 12 and 13 as he missed makeable putts on each hole to fall off the pace before finishing with a 1-over 73. Sometimes, they even raise the trophy after 72 holes, a la Shaun Micheel at the 2003 PGA Championship.

With Fowler not teeing off until the afternoon, the morning action was dominated by a roller coaster round from England's Paul Casey, who recovered from a dramatic collapse to claw his way back into contention.

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

When Fleetwood was asked if he planned to talk to 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, a fellow Englishman, before the final round, Fleetwood smiled and said he'd wait for Rose's text.

The superstar shot a one-under 71 in his second round as his challenge for the title evaporated.

Speaking about the changes he made previous year, Fleetwood added: "I went back to my old coach and had one of my best mates caddying and I think that can't be underestimated, having your friend with you, whether you're leading the US Open or playing a casual round at home".

"It was a good display - all my own fault - but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", Casey said. "So it's pretty simple, I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough". The 21-year-old Kim is hoping to claim his first major after winning the coveted Players Championship this season.

It was 7:15 Friday night, Zach Johnson had just played over five hours of golf in some pretty fierce heat for June in Wisconsin, and his day hadn't been close to what it had once looked like it could have been.

"I literally scoffed at the 16 under, because I said that would tie a record".

Despite their respective struggles, neither Johnson, McIlroy or Day took issue with the course, instead taking ownership of the problems that cut their weekend short. "I needed to hit a lot of fairways, and if I do that, I'm going to play well".

Johnson, ranked No. 1 in the world, missed the cut after a 1-over 73, which came a day after he shot 75. Harman was at 12-under 204 and still only had a one-shot lead, with Rickie Fowler two shots behind.

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. The bogey there put him at 2 over, and on the par-5 14th, he overcooked a chip shot up the steep hill, which led to another three-putt and another bogey.

"I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days", Day said. So I really could have been through there with just one bogey. For the second straight year, Rory McIlroy is packing his bags early, as is defending champion Dustin Johnson and world No. 3 Jason Day. It didn't matter at that point because I was so far from the cut line, but at least I know it's in there, it's just a matter of getting it out of me and getting myself in the right frame of mind.

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