He is listed at 5-foot-7, 150 pounds. There will probably be more nerves, more excitement, there is a lot of golf to be played here. But he's not afraid of success. He has, after all, won three of them already this year.
There will be an 18-hole playoff on Monday if the leaders are tied after 72 holes.
"I wish I was about 5 shots better", Stricker said Friday at Erin Hills Golf Club.
"I just get a little shaky and jittery on putts, and that's what happened on 15".
"I'm not sure when it's going to sink in or when I'm going to realize what I did", Thomas said.
"That means I'm a part of history", Thomas told reporters. It's becoming a Seinfeld "Bizarro" world. McIlroy, who is returning to action after a rib injury, opened with an early eagle but was unable to maintain his momentum and finished with a six-over-par 78.
American favourite Johnson crashed out after he could only card a one-over-par 73, which left him four over for the tournament at the sprawling Erin Hills course in rural Wisconsin. The two-time major champion is 3 under for his third round at the U.S. Open and has moved into the top 25 at Erin Hills.
McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011, but was a combined 50 over par for his seven other appearances before this week and missed the cut at Oakmont past year following rounds of 77 and 71.
Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka are sitting at seven-under, a shot ahead of Fowler, also of the U.S., who had a one-over-par and is tied with compatriots J.B. Holmes and Jamie Lovemark.
The common denominator among them? Having covered the 2011 U.S. Amateur here, Erin Hills is an absolute beast when it's firm and fast. He might be overshadowed in his final-round pairing by Captain America Patrick Reed, but he has the potential to go low and get into the thick of contention even though he's four behind Harman.
Thomas revealed he had failed to pack a snack in his bag and that his groaning stomach had been affecting his concentration for a few holes leading up to his eagle putt.
"I guess it's not often where you get through a US Open or any major without some kind of hiccup", said Casey, who took full responsibility - "all my own fault" - for getting out of position and left to take his medicine for a series of poor shots. "And this week it's been key, I've been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, 'All right, let's go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt and at the end of the day add them up and see how you do'".
"Seems to be working pretty well. We'll just keep doing the same thing I've been doing", Holmes said. And I think with everything so large, your target is larger and your misses get even more extreme. "I couldn't possibly shoot any higher than I did".
Not only were course officials allowed extra time to make the mandated adjustments to the course before hosting this national open, the grass was given every opportunity to grow and prosper.
"Obviously, I enjoy going low".
From the start, Kubly said, Erin Hills was viewed by its creators as the potential site of a world-class golf course.
"I've felt like my game has been good enough to compete in the majors this year".
And become the seventh consecutive first-time major victor.