Thomas sets Open mark with 9-under 63; Harman leads

For three days, the best and brightest have enjoyed a respite from the normal grind, but make no mistake, the majority of players who will set out on Sunday with visions of a trophy ceremony in their heads would like nothing more than a U.S. Open to break out for the final 18.

It could have been better, too, for the Englishman.

The 28-year-world number nine got off to a flying start on Thursday with a seven-under-par 65 but saw his momentum falter on Friday with one-over-par 73.

When you have a win, a second, two thirds and six top-10 finishes in 14 starts, it's hard to see how someone can be said to be off his game but such has been the success rate in Spieth's four-plus years on the PGA Tour that such a season would be a letdown. From there, the former top-ranked amateur putted off the back of the green and down a steep slope. There were certainly some Father's Day gifts purchased in the merchandise tent. Not good, but not calamitous. "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started", said Thomas. He spent all day in the knee-high fescue and shot 78, his worst U.S. Open score. It's one of those things you nearly start to take for granted when you are playing well. He takes a wide stance and moves his upper body a lot on his forward swing to accomplish much weight shift.

It was the second time in four holes that fortune had favored Fleetwood.

The USGA is renowned for setting a fiendish test in its national Open, but a lack of wind and greens softened by overnight rain ensured birdies flowed at Erin Hills throughout "moving day".

"I hardly missed a shot today", he continued. So you have to be careful.

Thomas has had a breakout season on the PGA Tour, winning three times before February, including consecutive titles in Hawaii in January. About all that might save Erin Hills from another onslaught was a forecast for the strongest wind of the week.

"I told Jimmy walking up there once I found out we had a putt, I said let's try to become a part of history here". "But I don't mind either way". But if it does blow, then you'll definitely have to play proper golf.

"We both love the game and we love to do it together, so we thought it would be a great experience together", Perschke said.

Asked about the prospects of emulating 2013 champion Justin Rose, the 26-year-old from Southport added: "It will change my life".

The third round was filled with low scores - more players finished under par than in any other round in U.S. Open history - including a record-breaking performance by Justin Thomas.

"I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it". "Obviously I have no idea what [Sunday] holds, but I'm more motivated by the way I'm striking the ball".

The opening round was without Phil Mickelson for the first time since 1993. So whatever happens I'll be doing my best and seeing how well I can finish. That's all I can do. "It will be a pleasure to go out on a Sunday trying to win a major".

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", said Fowler, who has posted six top-10 finishes in majors during his career, including a second place finish at the 2014 US Open. "I don't know what I'm going to feel tonight or if I'm going to sleep well".

"But I'll take exactly where I'm at".

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