Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

Jun 19, 2017, 00:09

"The setup is more like a tough tour event than a U.S. Open course". He's not leading, but he's lurking, and that might be the flawless position from which to make his move. The tournament is the tournament, and Thomas's accomplishment deserves all the accolades. There were only three other rounds in the 60s that day. It dropped him two shots off the lead and, to add insult to injury, it will still count as a three-putt.

Koepka made three birdies over his last seven holes for a 68. At 10 under is Rickie Fowler (68). With a double bogey, a great round became just a good round.

"Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history. "And it came out nicely". "I knew it was for 63", Thomas said.

"I think this week the scores have been low because the weather has been so good".

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Thomas made nine birdies, the eagle at 18 and two bogeys in his round.

The lead, however, belonged to Brian Harman. Then I 3-putted the 7th because of a spike mark in my line on a 1.5 foot second putt. The world No. 13 stuffed his 310-yard approach shot to within 8 feet on the par-5 that stretches well beyond 600 yards. And on No. 9, he made a 21-foot putt. Then he picked up a birdie on 12 with a 9-footer.

"You could keep knocking it back and forth over that green", said Fleetwood, "staring seven or eight in the face". A few years later, Thomas won two junior tournaments in one day. Open is being played on Sunday. Paul Casey went out in the last group and shot a 75. No one ever has had a lower score in any major.

The course had been softened by rain earlier in the week, and it finally played the way the USGA wanted in the final round. Thirty-three players broke par Saturday, a record for an Open third round. I have no idea what tomorrow is going to be like but I'm confident that I am prepared for whatever happens, whether something bad happens or something good happens. "I was just happy that I was the one to take advantage of it today".

Leishman's even-par 72 looked to be building to something so much better when he drained a long birdie on the eighth, his third of a promising round. "I have been striking the ball well", Spieth said. I'm not sure where the days of the 24-to-29-yard-wide fairways that we played every time went.

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"I've got a good plan for this course. So I'm excited about all those things", Harman told usopen.com.

He's won twice before on the PGA Tour, including this year's Wells Fargo Championship.

"It's going to be weird", Thomas said of the evening. This is why I play - to get myself into this sort of position.

The highest former major winners are Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen at 4 under, tied for 17th. "If you're within four shots on a Sunday at a major playing the back nine, you've got a chance of winning it". "That fifth shot on 18 was the best shot of the day".

It also moved Thomas up to tied second on the leaderboard and just one shot behind 54-hole leader Brian Harman, who posted a 67.

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"Wasn't exactly seeing that, but I'm looking forward to hearing about that when I get back to the house since J.T. and I are staying together", Fowler said. I could not be leading the golf tournament by the time I tee off. "I don't know what I'm going to feel tonight, if I'm going to sleep well".

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