The US Open is up for Grabs as Only 8 Strokes Divides the Majority of the Leaderboard
It was a great day for Golf yesterday [Friday]. The sunshine really dried out the Greens and the wind calmed down making the course more playable.
The Prairie Grass that grows all over the place was pretty much a non factor. The players adjusted to the course well and tried to reach every Fairway with their Tee Shot. How ever some notable Golfers struggled and missed the cut. Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jason Day, and Adam Scott all missed the cut for Saturday.
It was a bit shocking to say the least. The Top Three Golfers in the World missed the Cut and won’t be playing on Saturday. This is a US Open first in 3 Decades.
There were other notables for records.
This was the most under par shot course in US Open History and the most with 4 Tied for 1st going into the 3rd Round. Just 8 Strokes divides last from first.
The Premier group on the day was Ricky Fowler and Hideki Masuyama. Both had remarkable putts. Masuyama is currently 4th in the world and has never won the US Open. He started the day off +2 but finished an amazing round of Golf at -5 for the Tournament.
He had 6 Birdies on the Front 9 and had a single Birdie on the back 9. He played flawlessly and didn’t have any Bogies. His Birdie on the 8th Hole was simply amazing. It was a ‘stand up and cheer’ kind of shot and it show just how incredible this guy is at Golf!
Ricky Fowler who was yesterdays leader played well. He was solid on the Front 9 and made some amazing putts. His long putt on the 7th Hole was fantastic, I was on the edge of my seat watching and cheering for the ball to go in. It was just one of those moments! Fowler got into trouble on the Back 9.
He ended up with a Bogey on the 11th Hole, the 12th Hole, and the 13th Hole. Three Bogies dropped his score down to -6 for the Tournament. He seems to be the fan favorite to win it but if he does, it’ll be his 1st Major.
In fact most of the players on the Leaderboard have never won a Major. There will most likely be new faces that will become house hold names by the end of the Tournament. The top 4 Tied for 1st on the Leaderboard are: Paul Casey at -7, Brooks Koepka -7, Brian Harman -7, and Tommy Fleetwood -7.
All of whom have made an incredible run at Fowler. Of these four I am most impressed by Fleetwood who was just missing some Birdie Putts. If he plays as well as he did yesterday look for him to take the outright lead.
The US Open continues today on FS1 and Fox, with 3rd Round Coverage all day.