Harman edges clear, Thomas dazzles in US Open blitz

Harman edges clear, Thomas dazzles in US Open blitz

The much-maligned site of this year's national championship has been giving up birdies and low scores, very unlike a U.S. Open Course. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills.

"When you look at the USGA championships, by and large just about any way you look at, they're the most important championships not only in the US but in the world", Mike Davis, USGA executive director/CEO, said earlier this year. Subsequently, the leaderboard is crowded with low scores heading into the final round. Smiles are rare at a U.S. Open when a player finishes before the leaders tee off.

"I'm looking forward to my shot at it, and I know it's not going to be an easy day".

That honour went to Brian Harman, who managed to keep his composure to hit an impressive round of 67 sneak into the lead on 12-under par.

ERIN, Wisconsin After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the U.S. Open's final round on Sunday as heavy winds pummeled the layout, adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major.

The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open. On the last hole I was miles out on the fourth shot and could've been looking at a seven or an eight but I hit a great chip to get a six.

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive "59" club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year. Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.

Fleetwood also looked free of nerves until the final hole, where two clumsy shots around the green resulted in his first dropped shot of the day.

Thomas is in a three-way tie for second, alongside England's Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka with American Brian Harman leading the event after a four-under 68.

On Saturday, Justin Thomas tied the record for the best round at a major by shooting 63. So long as players stay out of the fescue, Erin Hills can be beaten in this condition. "It will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major".

"I had no idea that nine-under was the best ever in an Open, so that was pretty cool once I saw my card".

The 24-year-old also stunned spectators with an incredible drive on the par-four 15th, when he reached the green and even managed to put backspin on the ball to leave himself a 10-foot putt for eagle. Thomas's monster round was capped by that eagle on 18, and featured just two bogies, and he still finished the day a shot off the lead. Thirty-two golfers shot under-par on Saturday, presenting a Round 4 where none of the top-16 golfers have won a major championship.

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