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Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

19 June 2017

Brian Harman stated his intention to kick back and unwind with his family before facing the challenge of heading into the final round of the U.S. Open as the man to catch.

But only for a couple minutes. He's not leading, but he's lurking, and that might be the ideal position from which to make his move. He just didn't know how much history. The fairways are too wide, the greens too receptive, the scoring too low. So far 31 rounds of 63 have been recorded in a major by 29 different players (including Greg Norman at Augusta National), yet no one has gone below that. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started", said Thomas.

What a day for Justin Thomas. Vijay Singh was the last player to accomplish the feat in 2003 at Olympia Fields.

The record was previously held by Johnny Miller who shot a 71 at Oakmont in 1973.

"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history. He was 10 under, only two shots behind.

Fleetwood punched onto the green on what was his par-5 shot, then putted in for a six.

Paul Casey is looking to recover from another triple bogey.

There will be an 18-hole playoff on Monday if the leaders are tied after 72 holes.

The 24-year-old Louisville native is not new to success. That was inexcusable. You can't putt from short of that hole. Rickie Fowler will miss the playoff by 1 shot. You won't want to miss a swing, so stay with us from 4pm BST, and soon enough we'll discover the victor of the 117th US Open. His best finish was a tie for 37th previous year at Oakmont.

Thomas now sits tied for 2nd with Brooks Koepka, and Tommy Fleetwood, one stroke behind leader Brian Harman.

Duly noted. On the other hand, there's an argument that Thomas' nine birdie, one eagle and two bogey round had as many explosives and ended more dramatically than any 63 in a major ever.

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The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead. And he's giving the fans something to cheer. He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214.

He'll have to improve on that today if he hopes to make the top 10 and automatically qualify for next year's U.S. Open. He shot 81 the next day in a blustery wind. He just has to listen to the crowd. They're not alone either as the leaderboard is crowded.

Joining Thomas in joint second place is countryman Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood (both 68). Caught up in a birdie binge, Thomas forgot to eat. He chose another 3-wood, which he blistered with a high cut, the ball landing on the green before stopping eight feet past the flag. He grabbed his putter and pointed it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup.

Amateur Scottie Scheffler is playing with the poise of a veteran at the U.S. Open. He has birdied three of his last four holes.

Brian Harman is the leader at Erin Hills. Champ tees off later Saturday.

OK, so Erin Hills isn't a classic US Open set-up.

Coming close: Louis Oosthuizen was on his way up the leaderboard with six birdies - and then he got to 17. There are two streaming options for the Open.

But two-time major victor Jordan Spieth proved a good score was still possible, the 2015 champion carding five birdies and two bogeys in a 69 to finish one over par overall. That's been the case all week at Erin Hills. The players certainly took advantage of those conditions. She went from a three-shot lead to one shot behind, and eventually lost to So Yeon Ryu in the playoff. 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. They are all seeking their first major championship and barring a miracle comeback by someone like Louis Oosthuizen or Sergio Garcia (who both fall under "The Field" at 25/1), we will have a first time major victor for the seventh consecutive major.

Jordan Spieth is not among them. "I had 310 hole, but it was downwind to where I knew if I hit it solid, I could definitely get it there". All of the top 16 have never won a major championship.

But that's not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday. The top nine players are separated by only 5 strokes.

"Usually when you shoot even in a U.S. Open and you're one off the lead, you're not six down afterward", J.B. Holmes said.