US Open at a glance

The Englishman had a chance for a piece of the third-round lead at the U.S. Open as he lined up his third shot on the par-5 final hole: a 50-yard wedge from the bottom of the hill that led to the green.

McIlroy, who had stumbled through a lacklustre opening round on Thursday, again found the going tough after teeing off on the 10th hole. He says the greens on his last few holes "were firming up". Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood are at 8 under.

"It feels great. I came in this week with no expectations really at all", said the 22-year-old.

There were 18 rounds in the 60s, starting with one for the record book. "I guess it's rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup". Furyk was never seriously challenged in the final round, and he wound up winning by three shots and matching what was then the U.S. Open record at 272. The last time Day missed a cut in a major was the 2012 PGA Championship, just a month after his son was born.

Fowler leads by one shot from England's Paul Casey and lowly-ranked American Xander Schauffele. He was 10 under, only two shots behind.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", Fowler said. "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done".

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.

Holywood's McIlroy finished four under for the final six holes, which helped the four-time major victor post a one-under-par 71 in Wisconsin, but the damage was done in the first round as McIlroy hit six over to effectively end his chances at the second major of the year.

"After yesterday's round, I received a couple of tips from different people, and it seemed to work well", he said.

"The finish was awesome". Hopefully I do. I'll take it one step at a time.

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He might need one at this rate. He loved Erin Hills, a course with wide fairways between the knee-high fescue that he figured would allow him to attack.

Two years ago, Lovemark tied for 18th at Chambers Bay in the Open debut for the Washington state course. "Today I started off a bit ropey".

Thomas, the 24-year-old from Kentucky who is a major away from joining the young elite in golf, only added to a year of low numbers.

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"I showed up for the last six holes at least", joked McIlroy, who was three over par after 12 holes before carding birdies on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth. That did not happen, however, and now there are four players tied atop the leaderboard.

Bill Haas played bogey-free in his round of 68 and joined a group at 4-under 140 that included Harris English (69) and Marc Leishman (72).

"I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme. That's for sure. Drove it very well, you know, hit a lot of good iron shots, just didn't make any putts". "And just unfortunately this didn't pan out".

The one-under-par total was a substantial improvement on Thursday's six-over-par 78, but with the cut projected at one-over-par, it was too little, too late for the popular Northern Irishman.

The soft, forgiving conditions created opportunity for major movement up the leaderboard for those players willing to take it.