Friday, 23 June, 2017

Thomas shoots 63, trails Harman by 1 in US Open

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Ben Pena | 18 June, 2017, 16:18

The 24-year-old American fired the lowest score relative to par in the 117-year history of the championship, his nine-under round eclipsing Johnny Miller's eight-under 64 at the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.

They will have to contend with a group of three players, including first-round leader Rickie Fowler, tied for fifth at sixunder par and five others tied for eighth at five under par.

Similar scoring had initially appeared a possibility at Erin Hills, which became the longest course in major championship history at 7,845 yards in the first round and featured such thick fescue grass that patches had to be chopped down on four holes on Tuesday.

It's no secret that the U.S. Open is created to separate the men from the boys.

"You won't get a better day for scoring", Johnson said wistfully during the long walk to sign his card. Thirty-three players broke par Saturday, a record for the third round of an Open.

The U.S. Open didn't seem to faze him, and he delivered a variety of big shots that led to his sensational finish.

Fleetwood said he must stay in the zone he has enjoyed all week in the rolling Wisconsin countryside.

His 11 of 14 fairways hit and 14 of 18 greens in regulation were very good, but not great. There were certainly some Father's Day gifts purchased in the merchandise tent. "It was a good bogey". I could still have been there now, hitting the ball over the green.

"I was teeing off and I looked up and saw it on fire, and I felt sick to my stomach", Jamie Lovemark said.

"Three days down and so far so good".

Jordan Spieth at least made the cut at the US Open, which is more than Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day could say.

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. That led to a penalty drop and a seven and a further shot went on the next hole.

Highlights: Ostapenko overcomes Wozniacki to reach semi-finals
Ostapenko became the first teenager to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam since American Madison Keys at the US Open in 2015. However, the youngster was able to seize the advantage in set two, moving a double-break up at 5-2 before play was suspended.

He was at 8 under at the end of the day, and never got back to double digits. There are probably 10 or 12 players who can still win-and none has ever won a major.

Harman, who is bidding to become the first left-hander to win the US Open, knocked in six birdies.

"I'll definitely think about the mindset I had in winning Wells Fargo a few weeks ago". And most of my birdie putts were uphill and I could attack. "On Friday it was the opposite".

However, not all Americans fared well.

Oosthuizen, whose sole major title to date came at St Andrews in 2010, birdied the first, fourth, seventh and eighth to move to four under par, while 2015 victor Spieth had covered his first 11 holes in level par.

"I'm not surprised", Koepka said. "I've been striking the ball well".

"It's just been trying to figure it out on and around the greens". "Hopefully I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system yesterday and some parts today". Rocking a pair of hot pink slacks on Saturday, he made two bogies, nine birdies and an eagle in his record-breaking round. However, two shots stood above the rest.

Matsuyama, who had struggled in the opening round with a two-over-par 74, produced an electrifying second round seven-under-par 65 to thrust himself firmly into contention. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68.

Harman narrowly missed a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole. He only shot 75, with just one birdie.

And Scotland's Martin Laird is putting together a solid tournament.

It was the second time in four holes that fortune had favored Fleetwood. That wasn't just a Major Championship win-it was a triumph of the human spirit, against all odds.

No one ever has had a round quite like the one he had Saturday.

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