A memorabilia display in his father's pro shop is a tribute to Justin Thomas' skill, fearlessness and knack for the extraordinary.
Casey, 34, brilliantly bounced back from an early round triple bogey "8" to birdie five holes in succession and end his day tied at the top of the leaderboard with fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and the American duo of Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman at seven under.
Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open and the first player at 9 under.
-Thomas on the meaning of his record-setting 63.
Once again golfers were taking full advantage of an Erin Hills layout softened by overnight rain, attacking the pins with gusto and none more than Thomas, who had six birdies on a blistering outward nine.
The Victorian shot a disappointing even-par 72 to stay at four under, sharing 17th.
It was the second straight year McIlroy missed the cut at the U.S. Open.
Scheffler is three shots back of the lead on a jam-packed leaderboard.
"This is my first time in contention in a major, so whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish".
"I got a massive break", he said.
"It doesn't affect the game plan one bit, and it doesn't really affect the mindset", he said. On eight he put his 154-yard approach shot to about two feet and made the putt.More news: Special Counsel Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner's finances
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"I wish I was about 5 shots better", Stricker said Friday at Erin Hills Golf Club.
Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.
With two rounds to play there is some 23 players within four shots of the lead. Rickie Fowler is confident of "getting the job done" after resurrecting his hopes of a maiden major at the US Open today.
Danny Willett has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with a back injury.
Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship a month ago, had a 70 and was at 5-under 139 along with a pair of U.S. Open newcomers. He was 10 under, only 2 shots behind.
Another U.S. Open first for Xander Schauffele. He rolled in an 18-footer that went right to left from the edge of the green, grabbing his putter and pointing it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup.
Fleetwood had been tied for the lead after birdies on the first, eighth, 12th, 14th and 15th, only to bogey the last after following up a poor pitch by putting his birdie attempt off the green.
Fleetwood found his way to the top with a rather ordinary four-birdie, two-bogey round.
Koepka is looking for his second win on tour, and first major, after the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Day, who had made the cut at every major since the 2012 PGA Championship, followed up hisopening round 79 with a 75, leaving the Australian anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at 10-over.
The U.S. Open didn't seem to faze him, and he delivered a variety of big shots that led to his sensational finish.