"I said to one of the other players 'why are they cheering three shots like that?'" - Andrew "Beef" Johnston, after all three players in his group missed the green with their tee shots at the Par 3 ninth, wondering why the crowd cheered them onto the green. "They're the widest fairways we've ever played in a US Open".
A pilot is hurt but recovering from burns at a Milwaukee hospital following a blimp crash near Erin Hills during the 2017 U.S. Open.
McIlroy said: "I showed up for the last six holes, anyway". "It was odd. I was confident the last few days and before teeing-off today".
Day was particularly disappointed because he thought he had prepared properly for the championship. "Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer".
"I didn't think it was the putter, it was the guy on the end of it", he said. Not even close. Younger players with similar hype, notably Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, won major championships right away, emulating the early-career ascendancy of Tiger Woods. "I held it together pretty good".
Erin Hills also played like a beast.
In all, a record 44 players finished under par. What we got was a slew of birdies, and some low scores at the top of the leaderboard after one round, with the leader sitting at -7.
Rickie Fowler shot a bogey-free, stress-free 65 in the morning and had big plans for the afternoon. He is now a combined 55 over par for his other eight US Open appearances.
It's a lot easier said than done. "But I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday".
Playing with a Green Bay Packers-inspired green-and-gold bag, Fowler got the crowd on his side early and never made a single bogey all day long.
For the first time since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, Nos. "I missed a lot of really good opportunities".
Notes: Phil Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open Field on Thursday to attend his daughter's high school graduation in California.
Many golfers were stunned to see a small blimp crash near the tournament.
"I was teeing off and I looked up and saw it on fire, and I felt sick to my stomach", American Jamie Lovemark said. "It's about just setting the golf course up properly".
Sure, he birdied four of his last six holes to salvage a 71 and finish at 5-over 149.
"You don't often see that in a U.S. Open", Hadwin said.
"I've been swinging really well".
Day shot a 75 for a two-day total of 10-over 154, ending at 17 the longest active streak of making the cut in the majors. Length wasn't the issue.
Fowler wasn't the only one to assault par.
Standing nearly 10 feet high and measuring a similar width, the sculpture is a replica of this year's championship logo - an ornate shamrock - and is made of steel.
Kyle Dawson covers sports for the Aiken Standard.