Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Harman looks for major breakthrough at US Open

Rory Mcilroy of Ireland and Jason Day of Australia walk on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday Fowler leads on day of subpars and sobs
Vera Richards | 19 June, 2017, 01:56

Thomas mixed nine birdies and two bogeys before hitting his second shot to six feet on the par-five 18th hole and tapped in for eagle to record the lowest round (9-under) in relation to par in US Open history.

It's the first 63 at the U.S. Open since Vijay Singh accomplished the feat at Olympia Fields in 2003 and only the fifth time it's happened in tournament history.

Open lead after making three bogeys in a row late in the second round, put himself back in the thick of the chase with a run of three birdies on Saturday at the U.S. Open. Miller's 63 came in the final round of the 1973 Open at legendary Oakmont, annually ranked as one of the most hard courses in the world.

Harman, who is playing his first major since missing the cut in all four in 2015, fired six birdies and one bogey in a 67 to claim pole position in his bid to become the first left-handed victor of the US Open.

Thomas had 310 yards to the pin for his second shot to the 18th and hit a ideal three-wood onto the green to set up the eagle putt from seven feet which completed a record-breaking 63.

Brooks Keopka and Tommy Fleetwood shot matching 68's to also sit at 11-under par. Johnson won by one, though maybe Fleetwood's most memorable moment there, for better or worse, was the embarrassingly bad high-five he shared with his caddie after draining a long birdie putt to pull within one. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge. He grabbed his putter and pointed it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup. He has birdied three of his last four holes. 1, 7 and 9 on the front nine and three in a row on Nos. The leaders still had another two hours before they teed off. Oosthuizen, the former British Open champion at St. Andrews, was hopeful of at least giving them something to think about.

Low scores were available. Palmer shot a 65 after going into the final round trailing by seven shots.

"I started feeling a couple of rounds at Colonial like that, where I really felt like I was seeing the lines, I was confident going into it".

Jordan Spieth is not among them.

The U.S. Open is wide open going into the weekend. - Leader Brian Harman reflects on unusual scoring conditions this week. The final-round average was 77.2, and 20 players shot in the 80s.

But that's not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday. That's the lowest differential after 36 holes in the U.S. Open, mainly because until 2012, everyone within 10 shots of the lead made the cut at the U.S. Open. 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.

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