Published On: Sat, Jun 17th, 2017

US Open 2017 leaderboard LIVE updates: Day Three updates amid four-way tie for lead

Rickie Fowler made light of the longest course in major championship history with a “stress-free” and record-equalling start to the 117th US Open. He remains in contention.

Erin Hills had been set up to play to 7,845 yards in the first round, surpassing the record set at Chambers Bay in 2015 by 150 yards, but a combination of wide fairways and a course softened by previous thunderstorms helped Fowler card seven birdies in a flawless opening 65.

That equalled the lowest score in relation to par in the first round of a US Open – Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf both shot 63 in the first round on the par-70 layout at Baltusrol in 1980 – and left Fowler a shot clear of Xander Schauffele and Paul Casey.

Rory McIlroy said before the U.S. Open that if a player could not hit the broad fairways at Erin Hills he might as well go home. After a disastrous opening round 78 on Thursday, ‘home’ was where the world number two headed after missing the cut a day later!

Discussing his exit, McIlroy said: “I was a bit rusty and anxious in the first round but I struck it a lot better off the tee today. 

“I need competitive rounds with a card in my hand.

“I freed up towards the end and started to show what I can do. That’s one positive to take out of this.”

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Dustin Johnson will be hoping to lift the US Open trophy for the second time at Erin Hills

Before the tournament began, four-times major winner McIlroy, one of the game’s best drivers of the ball, had spoken about how eager he was to attack the long, links-styled, rolling farmland course off the tee.

But he never got into his groove and McIlroy missed the cut as he finished five over on Friday.

Day three tee times

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US Open 2017 Day Three live updates

6pm: America’s Jack McGuire is doing the best of those currently out on the course.

And that’s thanks to an epic eagle on the first hole. McGuide launched a huge drive down the fairway, lined himself up on the green and sunk his putt first time on the par 5. He’s now tied 19th on -2.

England’s Eddie Pepperell is also underway and one under for the day after two holes.

As for our rock-bottom man, Tyler Light is now on +7 – the 68th and last man on the leaderboard – with two holes left on his day.

5.30pm: Zach Johnson has dropped back to -2 after a strong start.

Oosthuizen is two under for his round after four holes and at -2.

Light currently has the worst round of the day, he’s over par at +7.

5pm: We’re now nicely underway at Erin Hill and some of the early guys are into the back nine.

Tyler Light remains rock bottom of the leaderboard on +5, having shot a +4 round so far today.

Jordan Spieth remains one over for the day – a long way off challenging for this trophy.

Louis Oosthuizen birdied his first to move on to -1, while Gary Woodland is two under for the day heading into the 10th. 

4.30pm: After a bright start to his round, Kuchar has slipped back to Even ahead holes 8, 9, 10 which are the most difficult on the course.

Spieth has dropped to +1 following a bogey at 3.

One man making a move is Zach Johnson who is -2 for the championship following a birdie on 9.

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Tyler Light has not had a great day

4pm: Matt Kuchar is making waves early on Day Three at Erin Hill.

Cuter started the day on +1 after a round of 71 yesterday.

But he’s birdied the first, second and fifth to move to -3 and tied in 24th spot.

He’s still a long way off the top 10 but these are encouraging signs… And as soon as I write that he drops a shot at the sixth! Back to -2. Commentator’s curse and all that.

3.30pm: We’re underway in Day Three of the US Open and six men are out on the course.

Unfortunately, none of them have fared well so far.

Webb Simpson and Rafa Cabrera Bello have both dropped a shot, while Talor Gooch has fallen two off par for the day and Tyler Light now on +5 for the tournament.

Jason Kokrak birdied the second but then bogeyed the third, while Jordan Niebrugge hit par on his first hole of the day.

2.20pm: We’re ready for the third day of the US Open at Erin Hill and it’s fair to say the leaderboard lacks the razzamatazz of previous years.

England’s Paul Casey shares the lead with compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka.

The leaders are out on the course at local time… so about six hours from now.

First out are Tyler Light and Webb Simpson, who scraped past the cut at one over.

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Webb Simpson is on tee first on Saturday

US Open 2017 Day Two live updates

01:30am: That concludes our coverage in what has been a fascinating second round. 

Some big names have missed out with Justin Rose, Chris Wood, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy all failing to make the cut. 

Going into day three it’s Casey, Harman, Fleetwood and Koepka who lead the way on seven under.

Fowler, who will be fuming with his showing, Lovemark and Holmes are the chasers of the pack on six under. 

While Si Wook Kim, Xander Schauffele and Cameron Champ complete the top 10 on five under. 

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01:00am: Reigning champion Dustin Johnson has missed the cut as he finished down in 93rd on four over par, but the consolation is that he will now get to spend the weekend with his new born son. 

The top 10 have all finished their second rounds too and it’s Casey, Harman, Fleetwood and Koepka who go into day three as joint leaders. 

It was a calamitous end for Fowler, who was out in front at one point on nine under. 

Former US Open champion Martin Kaymer has kept his hopes alive after going four under on the 17th.

00:30am: Fleetwood has now put himself in contention with his birdie on the final hole making it a four-way tie for the lead with Casey, Harman and Koepka. 

The quartet have all finished their second rounds with Fowler failing to regain control as he completes day two in joint fifth on six under with Lovemark and Holmes.

00:00am: It’s now a three-way tie for first as Paul Casey finishes the second round on seven under. Koepka was the leading man on eight under but he dropped a shot on the 6th. 

Harman is also in the frame after hitting consistently throughout. 

Earlier leader Fowler has tried to make up ground but still remains joint fourth with Lovemark, who has also finished, and Fleetwood. 

11:30pm: Fowler has lost it here. After 28 holes without a single bogey and leading the way on nine under he has hit THREE of them in a row to go level with Harman in third. 

The 11th, 12th and 13th holes have not been kind to the American, but Koepka will be lapping this up as he sits comfortably on eight under with Casey and Fleetwood coming up the rear in joint second on seven under.

11.00pm: Koepka is now leading the way on eight under at Erin Hills after Fowler makes a meal of it at the 11th. 

The American hit a bogey after overhitting his putt off the fringe of the green and is now tied for second with Casey and Fleetwood on seven under. 

10.30pm: Fowler and Koepka continue to lead the way on nine under.

Jordan Spieth has been fairly quiet so far but he’s just moved to -1 with a birdie on 6.

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Paul Casey finishes the second round on seven under at Erin Hills

10.00pm: Oooh, some breathing space has emerged for our leading pair.

Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka are both nine under – two shots ahead of England’s Paul Casey on seven under.

Fowler regained his shared top billing with a sensational putt from 51 feet.

Where’s Charley Hoffman I hear you ask? Well, having been two shots off the lead he bogged twice to relegate him to T10 – five shots down.

9.30pm: Koepka can’t rise any higher up the leaderboard because he’s reached the top – on his own! 

The American goes to nine under after a brilliant 12-foot putt across the green on the par-three 16th.

9.00pm: And Brooks Koepka’s rise up the leaderboard  hasn’t stopped yet! He’s level with Rickie Fowler at eight under.

DJ is doing a decent job of making the cut having birdied the second from four feet.

Another American to keep an eye on is Charley Hoffman, who’s four under through eight and lies two shots off the lead.

8.30pm: Rickie Fowler regains sole leadership at the top! A delightful wedge to six feet at 2 sets him up nicely for a birdie putt.

Brooks Koepka is moving up the leaderboard and reaches -7 with a fine birdie on 12.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson is also up and running but has it all to do after recording an opening round of 75.

8.00pm: I think Jason Day is probably the most relieved man on the course. After two abysmal days, he’s finished on 10 over for the tournament.

Over to you, Rickie Fowler. The joint-leader is underway and tickled one in for par on his opening hole.

As things stand, the cut is at two over.

Zach Johnson and Angel Cabrera have also started. They will be without Danny Willett, who has been forced to withdraw through injury.

7.30pm: Casey finishes the day with a par on the final hole and heads into the clubhouse as the joint leader on -7.

Rory McIlroy comes close to getting a hole in one on the par three 9th although he’s unlikely to make the cut as he sits on six over.

7pm: Paul Casey has a big chance to take the sole lead but his six-foot birdie putt just misses the hole. He’s got two left to play.

Meanwhile, 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett has dropped out with a back injury.

6.30pm: Schauffele tied the lead along with Casey and Fowler!

A beautiful 13-foot putt in the hole on 12 sends the crowd wild as the 500-1 outsider laps it up.

Elsewhere Andre ‘Beef’ Johnston finishes the day one over par with 73 and heads into the weekend two under.

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Paul Casey is going strong in the second round of the US Open

6pm: Xander Schauffele has dropped off the lead after a bogey on the ninth.

Paul Casey remains top on -7 alongside Rickie Fowler, who won’t be out for a while yet.

Bernd Wiesberger has dropped out of the top 10 after a brief flirtation with the frontrunners.

As for Rory McIlroy, he is tied for 146th place right now, on +9. His day has started with three bogeys in a row. Not good. Not good at all.

5.30pm: Casey has had an up and down sort of day. He was +4 for the day after just six holes including an eight at the 14th but he’s very much back now.

The Englishman has just record his fifth birdie on the trot and has rejoined Rickie Fowler, still two hours away from teeing off, at the top.

5pm: Schauffele (pronounced SHAW-fe-lee, apparently) is chugging along nicely here. The American remains on -7 through seven, that’s one under for the day. England’s Andrew Johnson is also up into tied eighth place.

4.30pm: Xander Schauffele has joined Rickie Fowler in the lead at -7 after putting a 17-footer to birdie at 5.

4pm: Henley has picked up another shot and is slowly working his way up the leaderboard. The American has never finished in the top 10 at a major but was 11th at the Masters this year.

The other mover into the top echelons is Si Woo Kim, a rising star from South Korea. He’s 21, he’s got two PGA Tour titles to his name and he’s third in the US Open. Remember the name.

3.30pm: Finally some good news for Rory McIlroy, who hits a 13ft putt at 13 to put him back to +6 – but he’s still in need of some tournament success before the Open at Birkdale and he might not make the weekend here.

3pm: Forget the par at the 10th, Casey’s is making a move! The Englishman has never done better than a tie for 10th, back in 2007, at the US Open and more often than not has been battling to make the cut.

He has birdied the par-four 11th and has joined Fowler, who is yet to tee off, at -7.

The other big mover today is little-known Japanese player Saitoshi Kodaira, who birdied three of his first four holes and has got himself to -2.

2:35pm: After an excellent first round, Paul Casey has started round two off from the 10th tee and begun with a par.

2.10pm: Russell Henley has started the second round well, with the American on -2 through two holes, taking him up to tied for 10th.

1.30pm: Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira is making an early move with birdies in his first two holes to move to -2.

1pm: Not much movement up top so far as the early groups are just getting going. Jack Maguire was one of the first men off the 10th tee this morning – it’s a two-tee start here for the first two rounds – and he has had the perfect start, moving within one shot of the top 10 with a birdie at the 10th.

This is just the American’s second ever major championship and his first as a professional, so you like to see him do well.

10am: Ernie Els celebrated the 20th anniversary of his U.S. Open triumph at Congressional by turning back the clock with a rousing performance in the first round at Erin Hills on Thursday.

The 47-year-old South African, known as ‘The Big Easy’ for his mellifluous swing, reached four-under after 16 holes in the 117th U.S. Open before fading a touch at the end with a pair of closing bogeys to finish the opening round at two-under-par 70.

8.20am: Rickie Fowler might be ready to heed coach Butch Harmon’s words by finally backing up his social media status with a major championship victory at the U.S. Open.

Harmon says he told Fowler to decide whether he wanted to be a golf pro or a celebrity.

“We had a big conversation at the end of the year and he didn’t like it,” Harmon said recently on Sky Sports, where he works as an analyst during golf tournaments.

“I said ‘you gotta decide are you going to be Kardashian or are you going to be golf pro? You’re the kind of social media, you’re all over these snapchats and all these things’.”

7am: So a brutal opening round for Rory McIlroy as he sits six over after his first 18 at Erin Hills.

The Ulsterman struggled to get his ball on the fairways and now has a mountain to climb to get back in the equation.

Jason Day one of the early favourites also struggled and needs a big second after shooting seven over.

But Rickie Fowler absolutely stormed it in the early session and holds the lead on seven under.

Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are well placed on six and five under respectively and will hope to kick on today.

Play begins at 12.45 UK time and we will bring you updates all morning in the build up.

US Open 2017 Day One – Thursday at Erin Hills

1.20am: McIlroy finishes on +6.

Rose has a lapse of concentration at 18 and what should have been a round of -1 turns into even par.

Day, meanwhile, makes birdie to finish at +7.

1am: The wheels have come off for Rory McIlroy.

He’s paid the price for finding the fescue at the 17th.

A double-bogey at the monster 526-yard par-four leaves him at +6.

12.50am: Australian Marc Leishman finishes his day on a high knocking in for a par at the 18th.

He carded a four-under round of 68 and is only three shots behind the clubhouse leader Rickie Fowler.

Meanwhile, Si Woo Kim ends with a birdie and marks his card -3.


Jason Day had a bad first day at Erin Hills

11pm: Jason Day has had a torrid day.

He’s just made a triple bogey on 10.

It’s his second of the day and he’s well off the pace at +6.

10.30pm: Sergio Garcia has made a steady start at Erin Hills.

A solid approach at 11 has left him with a birdie opportunity.

Should he sink it in, he will move into the red at -1.

10pm: Justin Rose is making headway and has just rolled in for birdie at five.

A confident-looking putt and he has now moved to one-under for his round so far.

Meanwhile, Paul Casey is on the march, and after a bit of good fortune, is at four-under through six.

9pm: It’s a decent start for Steve Stricker, who had to go through qualifying to play in his home state’s first ever major, as he birdies the opening two holes.

McIlroy is working his magic too and nets an EAGLE on 2.

England’s Paul Casey enters the top 10 leaderboard with three under.

8:30pm: 2011 champion Rory McIlroy is out but things aren’t going too well. The Northern Irishman wanged his opening drive and hit a 15-foot birdie putt a couple of feet past the hole.

He starts his round with a par.

8pm: Ernie Els has one hole left to play and finds himself on -3, four shots off the leader Rickie Fowler.

And here’s some reaction from tournament leader.

“It was still tough. I had to hit fairways, that was goal and the key going out,” Fowler said.

“I’ve been swinging well all week – Butch (Harmon, his coach) and I got right a little tune-up I was able to take that and run with it. We tightened things up.

“I’m in a great spot mentally, physically as well.

“The gameplan was just drive it well. These fairways are wider than a typical Open but there is even more of a premium to hitting the fairways. The fescue and bunkers you don’t want to be getting into.”

7.30pm: Lee Westwood pars 9 to sign for a 69. Jordan Spieth is struggling early on with bogeys on 4 and 5.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy will tee off for his first round later today and he’s looking forward to getting his tournament started.

He said: “I’m, just excited to be here and play. I feel like I’m playing catch-up a little bit but it’s been a while since I’ve been at a tournament and just enjoyed being here.

“Everything I’ve seen in practice has been good. It always shows up stuff when you’re under the gun in competition. I’m not coming in with low expectations but I’ll feel it through the first few holes and see how it goes.

“The USGA usually give us a great challenge. By the end of this week, the course will show its teeth.”

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US Open: Rickie Fowler is going strong in the first round

7pm: Rickie Fowler finishes on -7 for the day with a score of 65 and heads into the clubhouse as the tournament leader.

Spare a thought for Danny Willett though – he’s on +9 with two holes left to play.

6.30pm: Rickie Fowler leads at -7 coming towards the end of his first round.

Away from the action, a blimp covering the US Open reportedly caught fire and crashed into nearby woods just outside the course.

It has been reported people inside the blimp were forced to parachute to the ground as the blimp descended.

6pm: Not many people have been talking about Patrick Reed this week – but they should be. The punchy young American is bogey-free through 11 holes and has five birdies on his card for a tie for second.

Martin KAymer is moving upwards too after a fine approach at the 613-yard first hole earns him a birdie to move to -2.

5.30pm: Ernie Els moves up the leaderboard to four under with a front nine of 32.

Dustin Johnson is way down though on +3 after a shaky first nine holes.

Fowler still leads Harman by one shot at the top.

5pm: Fowler is FLYING! He birdies 18, 1 and 2 to take the lead outright. (The Express tipster who picked him is getting very excited.)

Meanwhile the English are coming, namely Tommy Fleetwood, who is -5 with seven holes to play.

4.35pm: Brian Marman has taken the overall lead following a long-range putt on the 18th.

4pm: The Americans are leading the way in the early stages with Brian Harman, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler sharing the lead on -3.

Lee Westwood has endured an eventful opening few holes, making four birdies and a double bogey on the 12th.

John Rahm is having a nightmare too and misses par on the 7th to drop to +4.

3.30pm: Fowler has indeed received the backing of plenty a punter this week – including our own  – and he has started very well indeed.

He’s picked up three shots in six holes in a big TV group alongside Jon Rahm, who is struggling at +3, and world No4 Hideki Matsuyama, at just -1.

3.10pm: Jordan Spieth has birdied the 11th to move one under after a difficult start to the day.

3pm: Tiger Woods has had a tough few months and was ruled out of the US Open after undergoing back surgery.

But he was also arrested on a DUI charge and it has been reported that he’s been checked into rehab.

Read the explainer as to why he’s not involved this weekend.

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Rickie Fowler has started well on day one

2.45pm: Tommy Fleetwood has made a bright start to the day shooting two under through four as has many people’s pick Rickie Fowler.

They’ve tied with Talor Gooch in the early lead.

2.15pm: Phil Mickleson has withdrawn from this year’s event due to his daugther’s graduation, and with Tiger Woods missing out this year’s US Open is the first major tournament since 1994 to miss both players. 

2pm: Play has started at Erin Hills and the first group of players are through six holes.

Talor Gooch holds the leads with a nice start at three under while. Ted Potter, Brice Garnett, Jeunghun Wang, and Billy Horschel are on four over.

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