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Rickie Fowler 2 shots off lead at US Open

Rickie Fowler 2 shots off lead at US Open

Thomas, a three-time victor this season on the PGA Tour, eagles the 18th to complete a 63 and tie the all-time low round at any major and set a U.S. Open record in relation to par with his nine-under round.

Thomas, decked out in shocking fluorescent pink trousers, produced a no less electric performance signing for nine-under 63 to equal the lowest numerical score in a major and the best ever in the 117-year history of the US Open in relation to par.

Thomas, 24, charged into first place with the aid of nine birdies and a wonderful eagle at the 18th, but will begin Sunday a shot behind Brian Harman, who subsequently took over at the top of the leaderboard. "I got in the hazard on one and pulled the 4-iron on the par-3", Koepka said.

The wind at Erin Hills is finally expected to pick up for Sunday's final round, which could put a halt to all the record-setting scoring that's made the U.S. Open leaderboard look more like one at a regular PGA Tour stop.

LI Haotong made a small piece of history by surviving the halfway cut at the US Open, but closed out a frustrating third round with a quadruple-bogey at the par-5 18th on Saturday.

But come on Johnny, don't get too bitter about it.

Brian Harman fired a 5-under-par 67 to get to 12-under for the championship and holds a one-shot lead over Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood of England and Brooks Koepka.

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Justin Thomas may have had one of the more entertaining birdies of the afternoon at the par-4 fifth.

But the third-round leader at the U.S. Open?

Fowler fell away badly after starting the final round of this year's Masters just one off the pace and belief will surely be key for a player who has regularly contended in majors without taking the prize.

Kaymer got the good end of the draw when rain arrived at Pinehurst No. 2, and he opened with rounds of 65-65 to reach 10-under 130 and build a six-shot lead going into the weekend. Casey shot a 3-over 75 on Saturday to drop to eight shots back behind Harman.

Justin Thomas was on fire in round three, shooting a nine-under 63 with the aid of nine birdies and a remarkable closing eagle set up by a three-wood to eight feet from 299 yards.

"But at the same time, it's taken me longer to adjust to professional golf than it did to junior golf and amateur golf".

Perhaps making it a bit easier is the knowledge that Erin Hills is nowhere near the suffocating sauna that typically affronts players in this tournament. Thomas rolled in an 18-footer that went right to left from the edge of the green. He shot a record-tying 63 to move into a three-way tie for second at 11 under par. Southpaws have won every major except the U.S. Open.

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The 40-year-old Hoffman is playing in his sixth U.S. Open.

Spieth, who won the 2015 event, dropped away with a 76 leaving him in 59th at four-over while 2014 victor Kaymer fell to even-par after a 75.

There were a lot of low scores Saturday. At that point, he was leading by seven shots. He has, after all, won three of them already this year.

The 30-year-old Harman has five top-10 finishes and two victories since joining the tour in 2012, most recently at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

Of the early players, Jordan Spieth is one of the few that is under par for the day. "It happens to be the first half of this year, and if I can turn it around, great".

It had been a tightly packed leaderboard throughout the third day with six or seven players regularly holding that top spot.

Thomas' record 9-under round leads US Open scoring parade
Reed, Fowler and Snedeker are among the most prominent contenders, and he is just four strokes behind at eight-under par. Peer at the leaderboard and you eventually find Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen , straining to keep in touch.


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