"For the most part, the wind was nonexistent. Just keep plugging along and try to do the best you can". You can make a bogey kind of anywhere ... "If you hit it off the tee you can score".
I guess it's [rare] you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of hiccup. This week, so far, you've had to make birdies your friends, even if the course is playing 7,800-plus yards. Most observers will see his drop from the top spot on the first-round leaderboard and consider it a stumble, but that's a win right there.
Casey then reignited his charge birding his eighth hole and ended the run with a "3" at his 12th. He made four birdies over the last six holes to salvage a 71, but at 5 over, he missed the cut for the second straight year.
"I wasn't thinking too much about 8 under", he said through an interpreter.
"It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", Casey said.
Thomas fired nine birdies and an eagle on the 18th to card a nine-under-par 63 and take over the clubhouse lead on 11 under par, two shots clear of compatriots Brian Harman and Brendan Steele and England's Tommy Fleetwood.
Also at 5 under was Si Woo Kim (70), Xander Schauffele (73), amateur Cameron Champ (69) and Brandt Snedeker (69).
"In my good seasons, yes, but there have been times when I struggled, but had I taken the 8 14 years ago I probably would not have managed to get back like I did today", he said.
Behind the leading quartet, a logjam grouped eight players within two shots of the lead. "Still 7 (under par)".
However, plenty of others were firmly in contention at the start of the penultimate day; only eight shots separated the leaders from those who made the cut on the bubble.
We looked for players who could find the bounding fairways and attack while avoiding the fescue. His score in relation to par - 9 under - was a U.S. Open record, and he finished the day at 11 under.
In total, eight of the top 12 players in the world missed the cut, including Masters runner-up Justin Rose, who shot 72, 74 for a 2-over total, Open champion Henrik Stenson and former Masters victor Adam Scott, who both finished 3-over, and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson on 4-over.
Other notable players failing to make the cut included British Open champion Henrik Stenson (147), former Masters winners Charl Schwartzel (147) of South Africa and Australian Adam Scott (147) and double Masters victor Bubba Watson (148).
"I really like this golf course", Johnson insisted.
"It would change my life, I know that", he said. "I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough". "It's about just setting the golf course up properly". "But I don't let it bother me".
Despite having a huge power advantage over most of the field, and displaying excellent form with his irons, Koepka was unable to capitalise on a few good birdie chances. The forecast calls for overnight showers and scattered thunderstorms throughout Saturday. What slowed him on Saturday was a triple bogey on the third hole, but conditions were so tough that Woods shot even-par 71 and still increased his lead to 10 shots. If the storms stay away, Erin Hills could become a nasty beast. "I was upset with the score I had made, but it did not have any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot". He's also splitting those famously wide fairways (25 of 28). "It's trying to get them open. But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I won't worry". Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf each shot 7-under 63 in the first round at Baltusrol in the 1980 U.S. Open.