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Thomas sets Open mark with 9-under 63; Harman leads

19 Junio 2017, 04:53 | Dolorita Barahona

Spain's Sergio Garcia is eight shots off the lead

Spain's Sergio Garcia is eight shots off the lead

I saw the pin sheet, and it looked on paper like the USGA meant business.

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

"Today I felt really good, played really well". "It was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there".

Tommy Fleetwood, who was hoping to follow in the footsteps of 1970 victor Tony Jacklin and 2013 champion Justin Rose, held a share of second place on 11 under par alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.

During his impressive, 11th-hour quest to qualify for the U.S. Open, Stricker said repeatedly that he can still play golf at a high enough level to compete on the PGA Tour.

Joint-overnight leader Paul Casey's challenge appears to be over though as he shot a three-over-par 75, leaving him eight shots behind Harman. Only the drivable par-4 second hole and the tiny par-3 16th are among the easiest six as well.

Third-round disappointment aside, Cink is still looking forward to playing on Sunday. And wind - the course's best defense - has not been a factor at Erin Hills all week and may not be again on Sunday. Hopefully I do. I'll take it one step at a time. "I'd love to have another one of those", Thomas said.

Fleetwood, who had made the cut in just one of his previous seven major appearances, finished alone in fourth on 11 under following a final round of 72, with Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Xander Schauffele a shot further back in fifth.

The challenge today for the leaders will be dealing with the enormity of winning the US Open.

"I think I'll be more comfortable playing in the big events, and help me play better the next time", he said.

"A lot of young guys, lot of great players", he said. He still built a six-shot lead through 36 holes, despite hitting his tee shot into the ocean on the 18th hole and salvaging bogey.

But the work is not done. I'm still trying to win out here, and I feel like I still can.

But having shot a five-under 67 on day three in Mickelson's absence, it's Brian Harman that is in with a chance of claiming that title as he bids for his first major victory.

None of the top 16 players have won a major before, with Masters champion Sergio Garcia and 2010 Open victor Louis Oosthuizen both eight shots off the lead.

Despite rallying back with two closing birdies, a bogey at the 18th sealed 30-year-old Harman's fate. Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.

"Tomorrow will be fun and special, just going around here and being a part of this first U.S. Open here in Wisconsin", Stricker said. "So we're breaking down all kinds of barriers".

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. But he is the only one who carries the label of being the best player never to have won a major. "But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up".



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