The last six majors have crowned first-time champions and that trend looks poised to continue at Erin Hills where you have to look way down the leaderboard to 19th before finding a major victor in U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain.
Eight of the top 12 in the world will not be around for the weekend at this most unusual U.S. Open, where the top 60 and ties advanced to the final two rounds.
It is the first time since the introduction of the official world rankings in 1986 that the top 3 players in the world missed the cut in the same major championship.
Dustin Johnson. Rory McIlroy.
The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year.
Paul Casey rode a rollercoaster to a four-way share of second-round lead at the US Open on Friday but it was the end of the line for the world's three top-ranked players. "Our focus is exclusively on the game of golf, and we appreciate that there's some out there that want to make this a political event, but we're not".
And the former Ryder Cup player then made it five birdies in succession - just one short of the US Open record equalled by Adam Hadwin on Thursday - by picking up shots on the first, second and third. "But at least I'll get to sit in air con [conditioning] and watch the guys tear it up on the weekend".
"I'm very excited and very happy with the score", the Japanese star said. There was a slight breeze out there, and the greens were receptive if you were in the fairway.
"It was a good display, all my own fault, of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course, which is what I did on 14", Casey said.
"Let me make it very clear that (when) we came here, this was all about coming to a great golf course to play the greatest championship in women's golf", Davis told The Washington Post last month.
He made three birdies and one bogey on his opening nine holes (the back nine) to move to 1-under par, including a crowd-pleasing birdie on 18 when his 101-yard approach shot hit the hole and stopped less than a foot away. "Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster".
Five players are at 5 under - Si Woo Kim (70), Xander Schauffele (73), amateur Cameron Champ (69), Brandt Snedeker (69) and Hideki Matsuyama, who tied for the low round of the day with a 7-under-par 65. This week marked his seventh U.S. Open; he'd never missed a cut, and counts five top-10 finishes.
There's plenty of golf left to be played and Mother Nature will dictate what the course will tee up.
It's not just the expectations of those watching around the world but a self-imposed pressure and McIlroy's disastrous opening round owed as much to his determination to regain his throne as golf's crown prince as his rustiness.
"The fairways are wide enough", he said.
"But I still think things are going to toughen up".
Speaking about the changes he made a year ago, Fleetwood added: "I went back to my old coach and had one of my best mates caddying and I think that can't be underestimated, having your friend with you, whether you're leading the US Open or playing a casual round at home".