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Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

Clarence Duncan | 19 June, 2017, 03:22

Now, the former Alabama Crimson Tide golfer has broken the U.S. Open scoring record, with a scorching 9-under 63 at Erin Hills.

The 24-year-old's round is the lowest in relation to par in the 117-year history of the US Open, while he is only the 28th player to shoot a 63 in a major.

Scottie Scheffler is the low amateur for this year's U.S. Open.

Bogey putts on No. 4 and No. 10 proved Thomas' round could have been even better at the end of the day, but the youngster will be delighted with his efforts.

Tommy Fleetwood has admitted that winning the US Open would "change his life" as he enters the final round just one shot back from American Brian Harman. "If I'd dropped more shots it would've left a very sour taste".

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

Thomas finished in style, and it had nothing to do with his hot pink trousers.

Thomas stunned the watching fans with his near-perfect round, taking the applause at the final hole from a rapturous crowd who appreciated his record-breaking day. "I will do my best", he said. He failed to get up-and-down from behind the 17th green, and then he three-putted from 40 feet on the final hole to finish at 8-under 272.

Elsewhere, American Justin Thomas capped a record-setting third round with a sensational eagle at the last, moving closer to adding a maiden major title to an already glorious season of golf.

"The finish was awesome".

"I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I'm excited", said Thomas. He went from a tie for second at the beginning of the day to a tie for sixth.

"That means I'm a part of history", he said.

"I'm just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament".

"Today I felt really good, played really well".

"Obviously, I have no idea what tomorrow holds, but I'm more motivated by the way that I'm striking the ball".

And he still has a long way to go.

Not that those competing at Erin Hills on Sunday need extra incentive to grab the trophy. He made two more birdies, including one on the par-3 seventh that put him at 12 under. Palmer shot a 65 after going into the final round trailing by seven shots.

Li found the rough with his tee shot on 18 and hacked it out with an 8-iron, but his ball settled into a deep divot on the fairway, before his third shot bounded through the green into more nasty grass, from where he took six more shots to hole out for a 10-over 82 at Erin Hills. He was 10 under. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. But I'm looking forward to getting the job done".

South Korea's Kim Si Woo was one behind Fowler on nine under after also shooting 68, while three players - Patrick Reed (65), Russell Henley (67) and Charley Hoffman (68) were on eight under.


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