The ovation I got going up 18 (which he bogeyed, by the way) is unbelievable.
On the golf course, there was only a barrage of birdies.
South Africans Thomas Aiken and Ernie Els were 2 under par, with Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Brandon Stone on even par, all still in contention sas the Open entered the final two days. That still didn't appear to be almost enough.
McIlroy and Jason Day never recovered from theirs.
"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.
"I birdied the first two holes, but those were tap-ins".
"Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man", said Casey. They finished at four, five and 10 over par respectively.
Dustin Johnson (73) ended at four over, World No.2 Rory McIlroy (71) missed the cut at five over while World No.3 Jason Day (75) was near the tail of the field at 10 over. "The putter was hot on the front side to keep me in it, so it's all there, it's just a matter of putting it together and I'm not out of it".
While McIlroy and Day will return to competition next week at Travelers, Johnson, who welcomed a second son to the family earlier this week, will be taking a month off. And none of them was particularly close on a first-time major championship layout that has played soft.
Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. "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. And I felt the most calm I have in a major in a long time this week.Unfortunately this didn't pan out". "And unfortunately, this didn't pan out".
The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Open since Winged Foot in 1974, back when the names were more familiar for a major - Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, who went on to win his first major. A recurring rib injury limited his practice time and kept him from starts at the BMW Championship and Memorial. Rory McIlroy joked earlier in the week that anyone who couldn't hit such wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home". He stumbled to a 6-over 42 over his final nine on Day 1.
While Fleetwood acknowledged that winning on Sunday at Erin Hills would be life-changing, he didn't want to get too far ahead. He smoothed that out on Friday, and had better results.
"It would be nice to see the course dry out a little bit and just make it to where it's going to take a quality round of golf", he said.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and that's been the case for the last six majors, all won by players who had never won a Grand Slam event before.
The cut-line for the top 60 players and fell at one-over. I don't know what else it was.
"It's just golf. It's frustrating but I don't let it bother me". If there's soft conditions, maybe we tuck a hole location a little bit more, versus if we get real firm conditions and it gets windy, we're sitting there talking among ourselves saying, 'How do we tone this thing down?' And I can hit those shots.
"It feels great. I came in this week with no expectations really at all", said the 22-year-old. "Obviously, today I definitely had something to show for it". Everything was in good shape. He'll play Travelers, then head overseas to play the Irish Open, Scottish Open and British Open. Hopefully, I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system [Thursday] and some parts [Friday]. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.
Some of the world's top-ranked players and pre-tournament favorites look poised to miss the cut. Five players were two shots off the lead.