A triple-bogey didn't stop Paul Casey from grabbing a share of the lead at the midway point of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
As of 3 p.m. here, the free-for-all had Hoffman in the lead at 9 under, followed by a four-way jam at 8 under between Reed, the first-time major cut-maker Tommy Fleetwood, the recent Wells Fargo victor Brian Harman and the veteran Englishman Paul Casey.
Spieth had a nice day considering how the winds have picked up at Erin Hills. Johnson won by one, though maybe Fleetwood's most memorable moment there, for better or worse, was the embarrassingly bad high-five he shared with his caddie after draining a long birdie putt to pull within one.
Justin Thomas carded the lowest sub-par round ever at a U.S. Open but still surrendered the third-round lead to fellow American Brian Harman on a helter-skelter Saturday at Erin Hills.
Erin Hills was drenched by almost an inch of rain overnight, but many of those out early on Saturday still found scoring to be hard. He shot three over in Round 3 to fall from seven under to only four under.
Tommy Fleetwood's brilliant pitch out of the rough on his second shot on the par-4 15th set up a 7-foot birdie putt to drop him to 12 under for sole possession of the lead. Unthinkably, Thomas shot a nine under on Saturday. He still built a six-shot lead through 36 holes, despite hitting his tee shot into the ocean on the 18th hole and salvaging bogey.
Fleetwood, who tied for 27th in his only previous U.S. Open in 2015, has moved the ball smoothly through the long, links-style layout, illustrated by his average of just 1.54 putts per hole, tied for fifth-best in the tournament.
"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this", Day said.
Amateur Scottie Scheffler is playing with the poise of a veteran at the U.S. Open.
He was at 8 under at the end of the day, and never got back to double digits.
Oosthuizen ran off four birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 4-under par, leaving him only three shots behind. "I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today". Jordan Spieth was even par through 12 holes and going nowhere.
The world number two, who earlier in the week suggested players unable to find the fairways should "pack their bags", is now contemplating an early exit following a second-round 71. They are still about three hours away from teeing off. A lot of them had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.
Tommy Fleetwood (11), Brooks Koepka (11) and Rickie Fowler (10) were also in the double-digit club.
It was the first time since the rankings system was launched in April 1989 that the world's top three players have all failed to make the third round of a major.
But that's not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday.