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18 Junio 2017, 03:53 | Martinez Canez
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What he did was make nine birdies and an eagle, drive a par-4 green with a 3-wood, and shoot the lowest score in relation to par in the history of the U.S. Open.
The American's phenomenal display earned a record that had belonged to Johnny Miller ever since the latter compiled an eight-under final round to win at Oakmont in 1973.
Thomas is 2 under on the day and for 4 under for the tournament. In fact, he's not even leading after three rounds.
But the 24-year-old American will start Sunday's final round trailing by a stroke after Harman turned in a rock-solid five-under 67 to top the leaderboard alone at 12-under 204.
Jamie Lovemark, Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes featured in a three-way tie at six under.
"Well, it would change my life, I know that", Fleetwood told reporters.
"My best friend has caddied for me for six or seven years", said Champ. He rolled in an 18-footer that went right to left from the edge of the green, grabbing his putter and pointing it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup. "Obviously, today I definitely had something to show for it". "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done". "And it came out nicely".
Some of those who came out to the U.S. Open said they wanted to experience the tournament and check out the attractive Erin Hills Gold Course. "I was excited to shoot 63".
"I'm a part of history". -Thomas on the meaning of his record-setting 63.
Tommy Fleetwood called his fifth shot from over the green on the closing par-5 18th "the best shot of the day". He failed to get up-and-down from behind the 17th green, and then he three-putted from 40 feet on the final hole to finish at 8-under 272.
It's a nice comeback for Casey after he triple bogeyed the par-5 14th and shot 38 on the back nine.
It was day of sizzling drama on the links-style layout that featured stunning birdie runs and spectacular collapses - some like Casey coming on the same scorecard. Fleetwood was poised to take the lead until his pitch to the 18th wasn't strong enough and his next shot went beyond the flag and down the slope some 70 feet away. And on No. 9 he made a 21-foot putt.
Casey, Koepka, Harman and Fleetwood have yet to tee off.
This was almost a carbon copy of McIlroy's showing at last year's tournament. He also could become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open. Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 71, though he was still seven shots behind. The course took an inch of rain overnight, making it about as menacing as a golden retriever puppy.
Tonight marked the first time since the world rankings were created in 1986 that the top three ranked golfers on the planet missed the cut at a US Open though.
"I'm very excited and very happy with the score", the Japanese star said.
"It was a good display, all my own fault, but a good display of what can happen if you get out of position on this golf course", he said.
Five players have reached 10-under par or better so far this week at the U.S. Open - one fewer than the number who had done it over the first 116 years of what had been known as the toughest test in golf.
Harman is playing in just his eighth major, and it's only the third time he has made the cut. And my short game is pretty good. Putting kept me in it early on and then I started hitting it great from seven onwards. "So I'm excited about all those things".
McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn't played almost enough.
"It's going to be weird", Thomas said about the time he has to pass before teeing off with Harman in the last group Sunday.
Whatever happens, the championship is set to crown a first-time major victor, as the closest previous major champion is Louis Oosthuizen in a tie for 17th at four-under.
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He hit a 3-wood from 310 yards on the par-5 18th to set up his eagle putt. "We're going to have a good time", Fowler said. And instead of leaving Erin Hills fretting about how much better he could've done, he was thankful it wasn't any worse.
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Harman, who had begun the day in a four-way tie for the lead, carded a five-under-par 67 which included six birdies and one bogey. Thomas admitted that as he walked up the 18th fairway Saturday afternoon, he wasn't aware that he was on the verge of history.
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He missed a five-footer for birdie on his first and then squandered another chance on 11, where he missed a 12-footer. He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left.
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