Rising winds set to provide fiendish test in US Open final round

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 19, 2017

Thomas fired nine birdies before finishing with an eagle on the 18th to card a nine-under-par 63 at Erin Hills, the lowest score in relation to par in tournament history - eclipsing the eight-under 63 by Johnny Miller to win at Oakmont in 1973. Vijay Singh was the last player to accomplish the feat in 2003 at Olympia Fields.

Brian Harman plays his tee shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. His comeback was completed with a victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, and now, he's one good round away from winning the U.S. Open.

The left-hander shot a 67 to reach 12 under and take a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood. So I was very familiar with the Kettle Moraine land, what I'd call sinkhole kinda land, that didn't always drain - just a real unique, nearly Irish, Scottish look to it, gently rolling but it's like the glacier did some unique things to this land when it went through.

As a result, it should all be a wild ride through the final 18 holes. This is the first [U.S.] Open I've been exempt for. "But I had no idea in terms of 9-under being the best in the U.S. Open", Thomas said. There were five after Saturday's round.

Rickie Fowler is confident of "getting the job done" after resurrecting his hopes of a maiden major at the US Open on Saturday.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", said Fowler, who has posted six top-10 finishes in majors during his career, including a second place finish at the 2014 US Open. "I love this golf course".

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Reed said he is in a better position to finish out the U.S. Open this year than previous majors because he has changed his mental approach. "Just to hear all the people yelling my name and cheering me on between holes and in between shots is pretty special, so it's a lot of fun".

He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. The latter quartet all shot 68 in round three.

"I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", the 23-year-old said. He putted for birdie to move to 2 under for the day and 2 over for the tournament.

"I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I'm excited", said Thomas. None of these players just mentioned have ever won a major championship. "When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".

After making an eight-foot putt for par to stay 1 down on the 15th hole in the deciding match of the Georgia-OSU quarterfinal tilt, Bulldog senior Brian Harman looked up to see that Fowler had already walked off to the 16th tee, leaving him to fetch the flag. Because of that you can go out and play some great golf but you have a bunch of guys out there that can play some good golf as well.

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