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US Open sees top seeds cut, four-way tie for lead

US Open sees top seeds cut, four-way tie for lead

When asked why there is so little separation among the field, Holmes said: "It's so long".

American Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed set the early clubhouse target as the third round of the 117th US Open turned into a shootout at a rain-softened Erin Hills. There were 18 rounds in the 60s on Saturday. The course is probably nicer to play without the wind, but if it does blow, then you'll definitely have to play proper golf.

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

It was all part of a dizzying day at the U.S. Open where at times the leaderboard resembled a game of musical chairs with names moving up and down. He birdied five-straight holes, starting with the 17th after teeing off on the 10th, but that run only served to negate a triple bogey on 14 as well as bogeys on 12 and 15 to card a one-under 71.

With a historic Saturday, he moved into the lead at 11 under, two shots ahead of Brendan Steele and Tommy Fleetwood.

Rickie Fowler was two behind Harman on 10 under after a four-under-par 68 which kept him firmly in contention. I got off to a good start but it sort of caught up with me as the round went on.

"If somebody shoots nine-under from the top few then I'll have to shoot 10, I guess".

"Yes, there are times I would have rebounded like that, but maybe not as calmly". And if his hot pink trousers were not enough, he did it in style. But a 675-yard par-5, nobody's hitting to that.

"That was the best shot I hit all day", the 26-year-old told BBC Sport.

On Saturday, Justin Thomas tied the record for the best round at a major by shooting 63.

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Kevin Kisner is a bit further behind with a 4-over after Saturday. "I knew I hit it really well", he said. Two years ago, Lovemark tied for 18th at Chambers Bay in the Open debut for the Washington state course.

"The finish was awesome. I'd love to have another one of those", said Thomas, who posted at 11-under 205.

He might need one at this rate. Johnson withdrew from the Masters after injuring his back in a fall and didn't arrive at Erin Hills until Tuesday because his fiancee gave birth to their second child.

Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

Fowler likes his chances of breaking his major duck on Sunday. I feel like I'm playing good. "Today I started off a bit ropey". Previous longest was 7,695 yards, during the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, won by Spieth. No matter what that's something when you're always going to walk up the 18th green with your best mate. Thomas rolled in an 18-footer that went right to left from the edge of the green.

Then, inexplicably, he lost his putting touch.

"The biggest thing about this course is that the fairways are massive", he said. "You could see somebody with an incredible round come from five-plus to win the tournament, if what's projected weather-wise is still there".

But the work is not done.

Thomas, who has three wins already this season, is chasing his first major victory. Majority had to come from far back going into the weekend, and it was hard to put together two good rounds.

A fellow named Xander Schauffele, who ranks 352nd in the world, and a Texas A&M bomber who goes by the catchy Cameron Champ are a combined 10-under par heading into the weekend.


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