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Jordan Spieth finishes US Open on a high note

Vera Richards | 19 June, 2017, 03:40

It also put him squarely in the mix to capture his first major.

That's because Justin Thomas shot a 63, tying the all-time U.S. Open record; one of the men who did that was Johnny Miller, who famously shot a final-round 63 to win the 1973 edition at Oakmont.

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.

No left-hander has won the U.S. Open, but former U.S. Junior Amateur champion Harman can take confidence from a significant triumph last month, when he pipped none other than Dustin Johnson at the Wells Fargo Championship to claim his second PGA Tour title.

Below Harman on 12 under, three players are tied on 11 under - Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood.

The leaders are on the course at the U.S. Open.

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book.

If his hot pink trousers were not enough, Thomas finished in style.

China's Li Haotong demonstrated what could go wrong as he struggled to an 84 which contained two birdies, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and seven bogeys, six of which came in succession from the third. "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie, Jimmy Johnson, when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless. The elevated greens at the Wisconsin course are full of false fronts, but with the softer grass pros are able to hold the ball on the putting surface, as well as keeping it there on errant putts.

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Thomas soared up the leaderboard from 22nd, and all it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf.

"The finish was awesome".

"I think that back nine you can really shoot a low one", he said.

"That means I'm a part of history", he said. "Obviously, today I definitely had something to show for it". "I've pictured winning the U.S. Open a lot of times before". Not only that, he gave Erin Hills a piece of his mind, basically stating that the course is a reason why Thomas' score wasn't as significant.

In the 116 previous US Opens, only six players had ever reached 10-under par or better, never in the same tournament. Palmer shot a 65 after going into the final round trailing by seven shots. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68. He was 10 under.

"It was a really good round of golf and you don't realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day". "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"It's the best I've struck the ball in a long time".

Fowler and Reed will command plenty of attention, but do not discount Kim Si-woo, who sits between the American duo at nine under. Kaymer made it back to 10 under on the back nine Sunday, but a late bogey for a 69 meant he would finish at 9-under 271 for an eight-shot victory.

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