Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

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Spencer Simpson | 19 June, 2017, 01:47

In fact you have to look down to 17th place on the leaderboard before you find a major victor in South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion.

China's Li Haotong dropped four shots in his opening four holes, with a double-bogey and two bogeys. "My shots got better but then my putting got even worse", said Matsuyama, who managed two birdies on the front nine but had a bumpy return to the clubhouse with three bogeys and two birdies.

"All Jimmy (caddie Jimmy Johnson) and I were trying to do is give ourselves a best chance to make a four. I will do my best", he said.

Champ and Scottie Scheffler are tied at 1 under.

Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood were one each shot behind.

Elsewhere, American Justin Thomas capped a record-setting third round with a sensational eagle at the last, moving closer to adding a maiden major title to an already glorious season of golf.

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top.

The US Open announced in February that its wallet had bulged to an eye-popping $12 million ($9.37 million), a new record for most money paid out to a field.

Brian Harman plays his approach shot onto the 11th green during a practice round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills, Erin June 14, 2017. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday. The pressure of gaining that boost of confidence going into Sunday played a huge role during the third round. No one who is not named Patrick Reed will remember that Reed, sitting tied for 7th place at 8-under, was a narrow bogey on five away from tying the previous U.S. Open low round of 8-under, set by Johnny Miller in 1973, and broken by Thomas. His score in relation to par 9 under was a U.S. Open record, and he finished the day at 11 under. His Olympic ring tattoo shows how his experience in Rio a year ago might have helped him turn a career corner.

"If somebody shoots nine under tomorrow in the top few (as Thomas did on Saturday) then I'll have to shoot 10, I guess". He was 10 under, only two shots behind. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"My concentration was so good that day that I caught myself immediately every time I began to think ahead".

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.

Although he trails by two, Fowler is optimistic that he can finally land a major after a series of near-misses. "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history.

"Obviously, the [eagle] finish was awesome. I'd love to have another one of those", Thomas said.

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