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US Open: Tommy Fleetwood remains calm ahead of final-day test

18 Junio 2017, 12:02 | Gerardo Tarin

The last six majors have crowned first-time champions and that trend looks poised to continue at Erin Hills where you have to look way down the leaderboard to 19th before finding a major victor in U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain. This is the first time in 25 years that the U.S. Open has played as a par 72.

Brooks Koepka was unsurprised to see Justin Thomas make U.S. Open history with a stunning nine-under 63 on Saturday.

MELL: Patrick Reed. Now that he may finally have figured out how to get his Captain America mojo going in a major, he looks unsafe.

"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, which is what I did on 14", Casey said.

It is almost impossible to predict because the competitors and their body of work offer no clear pattern.

Fleetwood insisted he will not be overawed by being in contention for the first time in a major championship, and he is determined to retain the same mindset he has had over the first three days.

It was all part of a dizzying day at the US Open where at times the leaderboard resembled a game of musical chairs with names moving up and down.

Brian Harman, playing in the final group of the day, also birdied the 15th to tie Fleetwood at 12 under.

Only eight shots separate the leaders from the players who made the cut on the number. He shot 73 and missed the cut by three.

"If you're not hitting it well, it's still hard to hit it under par, " Thomas said. "And I can still beat my best finish at the US Open", said Leishman, referring to his 18th placing at Oakmont a year ago. "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there".

"It's just golf. It's frustrating but I don't let it bother me".

One of them is likely to prevail, and might do so in dramatic fashion.

The Kentucky native became the youngest player to shoot 50 on the US PGA Tour during the first round of his Sony Open victory in January.

Scheffler isn't the only amateur making waves at Erin Hills, with Cameron Champ two shots back of the lead at 5 under. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday. Throughout Saturday's third round at Erin Hills, players took aim at reachable greens to set up eagle opportunities.

In the first 116 stagings of the US Open, only six players had reached 10 under par at any point.

"It looks like a PGA Tour event course setup".

"I feel like the U.S. Open is supposed to be very uncomfortable", Thomas said. That back nine really suits my eye.

"I've got a good plan for this course".

South Korea's Kim will lead the Asian quest for a major today after Hideki Matsuyama was unable to build on his second round 65. The venues typically produce a level of grumbling that has not been heard this week. And that suggests Erin Hills is too easy.

"It means history", Thomas says of his 63, "it also means I have a lot better chance of winning the tournament".

But the bottom line is there will still be enormous pressure on Sunday.

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