In fact, the players exiting were the most noteworthy.
The player who turned the U.S. Open into a soap opera of sorts the previous two years won't be around for the weekend this time.
Spieth made the turn at two under on the round, and his back nine was fairly uneventful until the par-four 15th.
"Yeah, it's a good spot to be in", he said. "So, it should be a fun weekend".
Koepka is big on power, and he's close friends with Dustin Johnson. It didn't matter at that point, because I was so far from the cut line. Everything was in good shape. "I told my caddie walking towards the 18th green: 'Let's try to be a part of history, '" he said. "I think that can't be underestimated, having your friend with you, whether you're leading in the US Open or playing anywhere", he said. "But as we all know - this game is all about putting. I just didn't get it in the hole fast enough".
St. Johns golfer Zach Rosendale won the individual Division 2 boys state title and helped the Redwings claim the team title on June 10, 2017, at Grand Valley State.
"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here".
Proof of that came from Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie, both of whom shot 7-under 65 Friday.
And then Friday, a 94-year-old man at the tournament for the first time stopped breathing while in a grandstand on the sixth hole and died of what Washington County officials said appeared to be natural causes.
But Fowler's 65 from Thursday was old news by Saturday night when Justin Thomas, who is sharing a house with Fowler this week at Erin Hills, shot a 9-under-par 63, setting a US Open record for low round in relation to par. Maybe I do, I don't know. "Yeah, I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days". But the weather this week has not co-operated with ample rain and only light breezes leaving the layout at the mercy of the world's best players.
It might sting a little more for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who played in the same group and said after their round that they were consoling each other along the way. "I've never done this before". There were three in 2016, including a final-round 63 by Henrik Stenson in winning The Open at Troon. "It's still Saturday - 36 holes is a very long time in a U.S. Open". "But I've enjoyed this experience". I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. "And I was proud I hung in there". Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge.
The world number 50 headed to the clubhouse on 12 under, one ahead of Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood. "It's tough to see everyone doing well and wanting to do well, it's hard to stay patient". Only Louis Oosthuizen, Zach Johnson and Sergio García realistically have the prospect of another major win from here, with even that trio's chances highly remote. "It's a special weekend". He missed the cut at last year's PGA and withdrew from this year's Masters after falling down a staircase.
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open victor snuck just inside the cut-line at even-par with a 71.