Winds whip up intrigue for final round US Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 3:12
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.
Brooks Koepka is trying for his first major title, and he is off to a solid start in the final round of the U.S. Open.
"I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I'm excited", said Thomas.
Brian Harman and Justin Thomas were the last players to tee off at Erin Hills. It infuriated Harman, and he played the rest of the match in a cold rage, making three straight birdies to win 1 up on the 18th hole.
The wind at Erin Hills is finally expected to pick up for Sunday's final round, which could put a halt to all the record-setting scoring that's made the U.S. Open leaderboard look more like one at a regular PGA Tour stop.
Despite winds gusting up to 25mph which forced tournament officials to change the pin position on the par-three 13th, Spieth showed what was still possible with a closing 69. "That fifth shot on the 18th was the best shot all day".
"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. Not to mention that he hit a jaw dropping shot to break the record.
Kaymer got the good end of the draw when rain arrived at Pinehurst No. 2, and he opened with rounds of 65-65 to reach 10-under 130 and build a six-shot lead going into the weekend.
Kite shot even-par 72 in gusty winds in 1992 at Pebble Beach, winning by two strokes over Jeff Sluman.
Also at 11 under was Tommy Fleetwood, who was poised to take the lead until his pitch came up short, his next shot went 60 feet down a slope on the back of the 18th green and he turned potential birdie into bogey and settled for a 68. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".
"I think that back nine you can really shoot a low one", he said. Their minds are going to wander, to drift off to thinking about what happens if I win the US Open.
The last six majors have produced six first-time champions and that trend looks set to continue with the leaderboard dominated by mostly unheralded names.