Marc Leishman has surged up the leaderboard with a hot front nine during the third round of the US Open on Saturday. "And some of the weaknesses and flaws that are in my game at the minute showed up over the last couple of days".
Patrick Reed's story looked like being the most notable of the day before Thomas, Harman and Fleetwood moved the needle.
Fellow Englishman Andrew Johnston mixed three birdies with four bogeys as he slipped back to one under with a 73.
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day made the wrong kind of history at the U.S. Open.
I wanted to experience our first U.S. Open more than anything here in our state. Vijay Singh was the last player to accomplish the feat in 2003 at Olympia Fields. A dropped shot means Fleetwood, at 11 under, shares second with Thomas and Brooks Koepka. Or at your home course. Fowler his been putting marvelously all week.
It didn't work all that well.
Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. The Canadian shot a second round two-over 74 but is still in the mix heading into the weekend at two-under par.
It's time for Rickie Fowler to get it done the way Sergio Garcia did at Augusta.
But three costly bogeys on the back nine left Johnson needing to pick up strokes down the stretch which proved beyond him. "You've seen 5, 6, 7, 9-under out there".
However, of the leading 18 not one has tasted success in a Major and, in fact, you have to look down to those sharing 19 place before singling out a Major Champion and they are reigning Masters victor Sergio Garcia (71) and double Major winning Martin Kaymer (69) at three under. "I enjoyed the walk, the golf course is handsome but I just didn't execute".
He finished 27th two years ago and earned a big $64,000 pay day. He missed a short birdie putt on 18. "As long as it's a good tournament, it's good for the U.S. Open and the USGA".
Fifteen of the 18 holes had been cut within seven yards of the edge of the green and despite the 68-man field being separated by eight shots, only former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had been able to move into the top 15 after nearly four hours' play.
The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year. His best finish was a tie for 37th past year at Oakmont. "This went totally against the tradition of the U.S. Open". And he's giving the fans something to cheer. And most of my birdie putts were uphill and I could attack. He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214. Jonny Miller hit the first on the par-71 Oakmont in 1973, while Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf's efforts came on the par-70 Baltusrol in 1980. Stricker, who turned 50 this year, will be eligible to play in his own event after sticking to hosting duties when the tournament started last year. He just has to listen to the crowd.
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Justin Thomas may have had one of the more entertaining birdies of the afternoon at the par-4 fifth.
Amateur Scottie Scheffler is playing with the poise of a veteran at the U.S. Open.
Westwood had bogeyed the third and fifth before a superb tee shot on the 239-yard sixth - which played as the most hard hole on Thursday - set up a birdie from 18 feet.
Scheffler is three shots back of the lead on a jam-packed leaderboard.
Yet Johnson was forced to bide his time for the next six holes, unable to convert the few birdie chances that came his way.
Thomas, decked out in fluorescent pink trousers, was on the move quickly with a birdie-birdie start and had an even hotter finish to his front nine, carding birdies on four-of-five closing holes, including the last three to move to seven-under.
Low scores were available.
The pace might actually pick up when the PGA Tour veteran leaves Erin Hills. Not everyone can take advantage. The world's fourth-ranked player birdied six of his first eight holes, shooting six-under 30 going out. Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 71, though he was still seven shots behind.
The world No.13 fired a brilliant nine-under-par 63 in the third round in Wisconsin. It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is.
Until Thomas assaulted the place, it was being criticized as unworthy of the Open's stringent demands, even though six of the top 10 players in the world failed to make the cut. "If I wake up with the same feelings on Sunday I'm going to have a chance". They are still about three hours away from teeing off.
He's going to have to get it cleaned to wear it again this weekend.
The cut-line for the top 60 players and fell at one-over.
But that's not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday. It's there that the mistake was made: Hadwin tried to play too ideal of a third shot up toward the raised putting surface.
Johnson, who had bullishly expected to do well on a course he believed to be perfectly suited to his game, admitted he was surprised to be out after only 36 holes.