In the 116 previous U.S. Opens, only six players had ever reached 10-under par or better, never in the same tournament.
Fleetwood found his way to the top with a rather ordinary four-birdie, two-bogey round. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for a 70.
Reed, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman were three off the pace. But the point here is that seven under was leading after the first day (one guy) and seven under was leading after the second day (four guys) and seven under is going to be a great score for 72 holes.
ERIN, Wisconsin American Justin Thomas capped a record-setting third-round with a sensational eagle at the last at the U.S. Open on Saturday, moving closer to adding a maiden major title to an already glorious season of golf.
McIlroy birdied four of his last six holes at Erin Hills to improve seven shots on his opening 78, but still missed the cut by four shots.
Johnson also missed the cut at the Memorial, so this was the first time since 2013 (Pebble Beach, Riviera) that he has missed the cut in consecutive events.
The 28-year-old started day two with a one-shot cushion but a one-over-par 73 opened the door for a four-way tie at the top.
"Tomorrow will be a very cool experience", Fleetwood said.
That is the lowest score in relation to par in the 122 year history of the US Open, and it allowed Thomas to come hurtling out of the pack to set an imposing 54-hole target as he walked into the clubhouse at 11 under. Players are hitting it in regulation only 42.8 percent of the time, compared to 64.9 percent for all greens at Erin Hills.
He's still very much in play after shooting a 73. There have been no reports yet of anyone getting sick.
He became the third defending U.S. Open champion to miss the cut in the last six years, and has now missed the weekend in the last three majors.
Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf. But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with, the way it was set up.
Johnson was hitting it so well that he appeared to be safe even when he was on the cut line.
He then hacked out his fifth out sideways and now some 52-feet from the hole from where he chipped and two putted. They were three shots clear of anyone else.
"I played a lot", a smiling Harman said. But I couldn't have shot any higher. "It's pretty simple, I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".
He had a chat with swing coach Michael Bannon on Thursday night, and Bannon had observed that McIlroy's transition down from the top was simply too quick.
He's in contention again going into this weekend at another new Open course, Erin Hills.
But three costly bogeys on the back nine left Johnson needing to pick up strokes down the stretch which proved beyond him. The field averaged 299 yards off the tee the first two days.
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