The 23-year-old from San Diego had been having an excellent debut at the Open.
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".
Still to be determined was who made it to the weekend, and where the cut would fall. I feel like I'm playing good. He closed with a 67 at Augusta that got him into a tie for 11th at 1 under, but his game dropped off a bit from there. On the 12th tee, they told him he might be penalized and he played the final seven holes not knowing how big his lead was.
Lovemark has an idea of what to expect this weekend.
The course was set up at 7,845 yards, the longest of any major.
"Guess what?" he said to his 4-year-old son.
"It's pretty frustrating when I got here Friday, put a lot of work in - not a lot, but I tried to pace myself", Day said.
The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year. It's just that you've got to keep it in the short grass, out of that fescue, don't make any bogies.
"I nearly hit a 7-iron on my third shot and made a decision to hit a hard 8 and I still went long".
"It's going to be a fun weekend", he said. "Definitely had some mojo out there". Amateur Stewart Hagestad of Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset shot 75 and missed the cut at 8 over.
Daugherty was 1 under going into Saturday, while Niebrugge and Gooch were 1 over. I was happy it stayed benign for us, and I capitalized on it.
Another possible factor could be the course, the first par-72 used for the U.S. Open since 1992.
After learning the news one of the hydration stations at the U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills showed evidence of E. coli, fans are applauding how officials handled the issue. Reavie moved to 4-under 140, three shots back of the lead on a bunched-up leaderboard.
"It was still gettable", said Charley Hoffman, who has posted 70-70 and is three shots out of the lead. "I'm glad I went through it and I'm glad I'm here". He will be done playing before the leaders have reached the first tee. He advanced to Erin Hills after earning one of nine qualifying spots at the Memphis sectional tournament. I got in the hazard on one. "It's tough out there".
"I just naturally have done it since I was 15 or 16". Willett, who has struggled since winning the Masters, shot 81 Thursday. "Working hard to get back but the body and swing not allowing it". His 7-under par tied the record to par for the first round of a U.S. Open held by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, who each shot 7-under 63 at Baltusrol in 1980.
It sounds as if Erin Hills is becoming more challenging with each passing minute.
Day, the 2015 PGA champion, pointed to a couple of shortfalls in his game.
The Englishman won the Masters previous year for his only PGA Tour victory.
"Next week is for totally different purposes".
McIlroy took four of them, including a near ace on the finishing par-three ninth, to finish the tournament on five under, which will miss the cut by two or three shots.