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Only six players had ever reached 10-under par or lower in the previous 116 U.S. Opens. He became the first player to reach 13 under at the U.S. Open in the second round, but double-bogeyed 18 to close at 11 under and with a six-shot lead.

Erin Hills again lacked enough wind to be the stern test the U.S. Open wants, and it showed.

Incredibly, Thomas' round contained two bogeys. The golf course is actually really attractive.

"I was sticking to the same gameplan, I was doing the same things", said Hadwin, of Abbotsford, B.C. "The same plan, and get on the fairway, and be aggressive as you can, and take your par". "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there".

"I did everything I could to make more birdies coming in", he said.

If you're searching for a player a bit down the leaderboard to make a push, don't overlook Martin Kaymer.

"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here".

He was at 7-under 137, two shots clear of anyone else who played early in warm sunshine on a course that was getting dry and crispy.

"It's just the way the game of golf is", Snedeker said.

Amateur Cameron Champ reacts after making a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin June 16, 2017. "Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it". He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left.

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"I saw some positives there on the back nine coming in and hopefully I can take them to the Travelers (tournament) next week", he said.

Spieth didn't mention this intangible, but none of the first 18 players on the leaderboard has won a major championship. A lot of them had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.

Reed, who beat Rory McIlroy in the first singles contest at Hazeltine a year ago and was wearing the pants from his Ryder Cup uniform, said: "You always can take that fire from Ryder Cup and use it in other events. Still 7 (under par)".

"I've never led a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience".

The course wasn't easy for the top-three ranked players in the world as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day head home after missing the cut. Johnson shot 1-over 73 on Friday to finish at 4 over, three shots off the cut line.

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to ideal. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did". It's just been trying to figure it out on and around the greens.

"It was never that way in the U.S. Open".

Champ said a practice round with former British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen and four-times major victor McIlroy on Monday helped his confidence.

Joining them with a weekend off - British Open champion Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

In all, eight of the world's top 12 will the absent from the shootout for the title, including each of the top three for the first time since the world rankings were introduced in 1986.

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