While McIlroy and former world number one Jason Day missed the cut, amateur Cameron Champ - who turned 22 on Thursday - and Xander Schauffele were unlikely contenders on five under par, alongside Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim.
Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf. "But that's golf", William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich said.
"I've got a busy summer, so I'm excited to play a lot of golf". But DJ, Rory, Day and Rahm, they're all toast. Rain for the opening two rounds at Pinehurst No. 2 contributed to Martin Kaymer opening with 65-65 (a U.S. Open record) on his way to an eight-shot victory in 2014. He got a close look at some of Erin Hills' notoriously thick fescue, but he wasn't alone.
Those wide-as-a-highway fairways. Those dozens of players under par. The official U.S. Open website will show four featured groups throughout the day, including Fowler and other big stars.
Jason Day, the world's No. 3-ranked golfer, experienced his share of difficulties before finishing at 7-over. 15 and 3, sandwiched around his lone birdie at No. 1.
"It's tough for these guys to go wire to wire".
Na responded with a right hook to the Irishman's jaw, and the equivalent of a first-round knockout.
Nick Flanagan also gained a start via Sectional Qualifying and, like Ormsby, was doing well at even par before a double bogey at his 13th hole after making a mess of the par-four.
Tim Guetzke described what he saw to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as the craft went to ground Thursday. "But there's a long way to go". That push looked especially threatening in 2014, when Fowler finished tied for fifth at the Masters, tied for second at both the U.S. Open and the British Open, and tied for third at the PGA Championship in Louisville, where he led through parts of Sunday until McIlroy steamed past for a fourth major title.
A statement from the Washington County Sheriff's Office says the pilot was taken to a hospital by medical helicopter. "Casey and Leishman are live. I feel like that's going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things".
The USGA later added that the spectator was a "94-year old male who has appeared to have died of natural causes". "He's a long hitter I thought could play well here". He's back at 1 under as he finishes his round on the front nine.
Bogdanovich and Sherman think Scott can make a run at his second major.
"We're in a good spot, " Fowler said.
Johnson is at 50-1 after closing as the prohibitive 7-1 favorite.
"So a little bit of timing, and a bit of rust as well". "But he's not in a good position either". But Bogdanovich doesn't expect to see as many red numbers Friday.