9 things to know during Day 3 of the 2017 US Open

Ruben Hill
June 19, 2017

Rory McIlroy hit back at suggestions he was "bored" with golf after missing the cut in the US Open for the second year in succession.

"I really like this golf course; it sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today", said Johnson, who shot 73 along with a first-round 75 to finish at 148. He failed to advance his fourth shot more than a foot as the high grass grabbed the club. But he also struggled around the greens, failing to get up and down once in six opportunities.

The cut fell at one over par to leave the entire field separated by just eight shots. It is the first time since the introduction of the official world rankings in 1986 that the top 3 players in the world missed the cut in the same major championship.

Without much wind until Sunday and with rains during the week softening the greens for long-distance approach shots, scores were lower than expected.

"I've got a busy summer, so I'm excited to play a lot of golf, " McIlroy said. But I don't let it bother me.

"It felt great. Clearly the game plan is pretty good", he said about his run of birdies that began at 17 and raged on through the turn. I feel like I'm playing good.

"I'm sure mama's waiting for me to get home so I can help her out", Johnson said of his girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky.

Oosthuizen, who finished second in the US Open in 2015 and lost a play-off for the Open a month later, had to settle for a 68 to finish four under par. In the Sony Open he became the seventh player to shoot a sub-60 round with a 59.

The quartet are seven under at Erin Hills after a Friday that saw Japan's Hideki Matsuyama surge up a congested leaderboard with a stunning seven-under 65, while the world's top-ranked players were unable to stage recoveries.

Major champions Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner also missed. Fellow-countryman Graeme McDowell follows him out of the tournament, joined by the likes of Jason Dufner, Jason Day and Danny Willett - who withdrew due to the recurrence of a back injury. Willett had a bad opening round, shooting 9-over 81.

Morgan shot 77 and, remarkably, still had the lead at 4-under 212.

"Show up for the last six holes, anyway", McIlroy said. McIlroy chalked his poor play up to rust and lack of competitive rounds.

"I think those two things and a lot of hard work have got me here really".

McIlroy has a hectic schedule again.

After the Travelers, McIlroy will take a week off and then play in the Irish Open, the Scottish Open and the British Open in consecutive weeks.

Kim won The Players Championship in May for his second PGA Tour title.

That's eight of the next 10 weeks after just seven starts in 2017.

"It's been the best preparation going into a major", Day told reporters.

The Englishman won the Masters past year for his only PGA Tour victory. Thomas' 9-under 63 was one better than Johnny Miller's 63 in the 1973 final round at Oakmont.

A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole.

However the 39-year-old world No. 14 unfurled a sequence of five straight birdies to haul himself back up the leaderboard, carding a one-under-par 71 to finish the day at seven under. "Two yards either way, I would have been stuck".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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