Rory McIlroy and Jason Day also left Erin Hills earlier than anyone expected. It doesn't have much history, "but everybody had to start somewhere".
It opened the door for England veteran Paul Casey (71) to share honours atop a no-frills leaderboard with countryman Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman (all 70) at seven-under after the second round at Erin Hills. In fact, the players exiting were the most noteworthy. They would combine for 23 majors by the end of their careers, but in 1974 they collectively had only 15.
His performance at Erin Hills has led to questions about his commitment to the game but he insists there were signs of encouragement on Friday.
Last year's victor and world number one Johnson, who arrived late in Wisconsin after staying in California for the birth of his second child, added a one-over-par 73 to his opening 75 to finish on four-over 148, three off the cut line.
Six players are at 4-under, including Chez Reavie, the other player to shoot 65. I need to practice a little bit and I need to work on my putting mostly.
Snedeker has never won a major, either, though he has been through the emotional ringer at Augusta National and Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
The 26-year-old Reed had eight birdies and one bogey. He dedicated his first victory, the 2013 Johnnie Walker Championship, to his dog, Maisy.
"I hit the ball better than I did yesterday, I drove it very well and hit a lot of good iron shots, I just didn't make any putts", Johnson said.
"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".
He must have a short memory.
Rory McIlroy had four bogeys and five birdies during his one-under 71, but he still ended up five-over and four shots off the cut line.
Holmes has done a good job of that through two rounds of the 117 U.S. Open.
Despite the scorecard battle, Leishman says it's the most comfortable he's been at a major. Koepka was a global golfer, though not by choice, when he left Florida State.
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen had looked like being the early pacesetter, the former Open champion going to the turn in 32 and picking up shots on the 11th and 15th, only to run up a double bogey on the 17th.
Koepka is big on power, and he's close friends with Dustin Johnson.
OVERNIGHT leader Rickie Fowler has slipped off the pace in the second round of the US Open, with four players now sharing the lead. "It's not Sunday afternoon", he said. "I'm glad I went through it and I'm glad I'm here".
After tying for 45th at the Memorial last month, Matsuyama arrived at Erin Hills on a downturn in a topsy-turvy season. This is only his second U.S. Open, finishing 27th in 2015. The timing would be peculiar considering that Phil Mickelson couldn't make it this year.
Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.
Yet Johnson was forced to bide his time for the next six holes, unable to convert the few birdie chances that came his way.
"If you look at this golf course and you talk to me, Jason or Rory, this golf course sets up ideal for us", Johnson said. At 30, Harman has been around long enough to claim two PGA victories. I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week, and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it. Casey didn't play Woods, who was eliminated in the first round. "When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".