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After 36 holes, the 2017 U.S. Open field has been cut down to 68 players, highlighted by Brian Harman, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka in a four-way tie for the lead at seven-under par.
As tight as things are with that quartet, they don't have any time to keep an eye on each other, because 14 players are within three shots of the lead. Rickie Fowler is the marquee name in that group, entering Saturday tied for fifth at six-under par.
One thing to remember heading into the final two days of action at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, is the leader after two rounds has won the U.S. Open each of the previous three years, so it will not come as a surprise to see Harman, Casey, Fleetwood or Koepka walk away with a major title.
2017 U.S. Open Saturday Schedule
TV Coverage: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. ET
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2017 U.S. Open Saturday Pairings (ET)
9:26 a.m. - Tyler Light, Webb Simpson
9:37 a.m. - Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson
9:48 a.m. - Jason Kokrak, Gary Woodland
9:59 a.m. - Rafa Cabrera Bello, Talor Gooch
10:10 a.m. - Jordan Niebrugge, Ryan Brehm
10:21 a.m. - Steve Stricker, Shane Lowry
10:32 a.m. - Keegan Bradley, Daniel Summerhays
10:43 a.m. - Stephan Jaeger, Jordan Spieth
10:54 a.m. - Branden Grace, Kevin Kisner
11:05 a.m. - Lee Westwood, Haotong Li
11:16 a.m. - Stewart Cink, Kevin Chappell
11:27 a.m. - Jim Furyk, Louis Oosthuizen
11:38 a.m. - Kevin Na, Brandon Stone
11:49 a.m. - Patrick Reed, Martin Laird
12:00 p.m. - Michael Putnam, Kevin Dougherty
12:11 p.m. - Whee Kim, Trey Mullinax
12:22 p.m. - Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler
12:33 p.m. - Eddie Pepperell, Jack Maguire
12:44 p.m. - Ernie Els, David Lingmerth
12:55 p.m. - Thomas Aiken, Yusaku Miyazato
1:06 p.m. - Jonathan Randolph, Justin Thomas
1:17 p.m. - Adam Hadwin, Andrew Johnston
1:28 p.m. - Satoshi Kodaira, Martin Kaymer
1:39 p.m. - Bernd Wiesberger, Sergio Garcia
1:50 p.m. - Russell Henley, William McGirt
2:01 p.m. - Chez Reavie, Charley Hoffman
2:12 p.m. - Bill Haas, Harris English
2:23 p.m. - Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele
2:34 p.m. - Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker
2:45 p.m. - Cameron Champ, Xander Schauffele
2:56 p.m. - Si Woo Kim, J.B. Holmes
3:07 p.m. - Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark
3:18 p.m. - Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood
3:29 p.m. - Brian Harman, Paul Casey
Scoring has been unusual so far at the U.S. Open. Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie have tied for the lowest round of the tournament with a 65.
ESPN Stats & Info noted how rare it had been to see scores that low at the U.S. Open prior to 2017:
Continuing with the unusual scoring trends through two rounds, the PGA Tour had this stat about scoring averages at the U.S. Open over the last seven years:
All four players tied for the lead entering the third round failed to break 70 on Friday, but they were able to get away with it thanks to their strong opening rounds.
One more unusual scoring nugget from the tournament came from Casey, who carded a triple-bogey eight on No. 14.
Here's what the European Tour had to say about what seemed like a disastrous moment:
Based on those three stats, good luck trying to predict what's going to happen over the final 36 holes. One recent trend that bodes well for Casey, Harman, Fleetwood and Koepka is the leader after two rounds has gone on to win the tournament each of the previous three years.
Fowler is looking to rebound after a lackluster 73 in the second round after he opened with a 65. Even on a bad day, there were still moments in which the 28-year-old was capable of doing something spectacular:
There have been many close calls for Fowler in majors with six top-10 finishes, including three in which he tied for second or third, but he's still chasing that elusive first victory.
One advantage of having so many high scores on the course is it's difficult for anyone to truly separate themselves from the pack. Fowler doesn't have to contend with Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy or Jason Day this weekend after all three missed the cut.
Saturday's third round will go a long way toward separating the true contenders from the pretenders. There's much work to be done between now and the end of the U.S. Open for everyone on the leaderboard.