Fowler back in the thick of it at US Open

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

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

Fiji's Vijay Singh also recorded a seven-under 63, at Olympia Fields in 2003.

Thomas fired nine birdies and an eagle on the 18th to card a nine-under-par 63 and take over the clubhouse lead on 11 under par, two shots clear of compatriots Brian Harman and Brendan Steele and England's Tommy Fleetwood.

A ideal tee-shot left him in the centre of the fairway and he then ripped his second some 300 yards to leave himself with an eight-foot putt to clinch the lowest to par score in the history of the US Open.

"Bad shots make bogeys and 18 was a good example". I could still have been there now, hitting the ball over the green.

"I told (caddie) Jimmy (Johnson) walking up there once I found out we had a putt, I said 'Let's try to become a part of history here.' He said, 'Yeah, let's do it, '" a delighted Thomas said afterwards.

"Three days down and so far so good".

Around 70 minutes earlier, compatriot Patrick Reed had faced a similar length putt to Thomas on the 18th to shoot eight under but missed his birdie attempt and had to settle for a 65.

"And out here I'm just thinking a lot about my stroke, stance, stuff you would rather not be thinking about, you'd rather think about line of pace".

Rickie Fowler, who suffered on the back nine on Friday, roared back into contention with a four-under par round of 68 to finish at 10-under par, just two shots off the lead.

However, not all Americans fared well.

Fleetwood was alongside Reed after a birdie on the first, but Casey tumbled down the leaderboard after following an opening birdie of his own with a triple-bogey on the third. He finished with a superb five under par 67 and was leading alone after round three.

"It's been an off-week for me with the putting", said the former world number one.

"It's just been trying to figure it out on and around the greens". I don't think I could play any different or score any better than I have done, and you can't do anything about what anybody else is doing.

Germany's Martin Kaymer, victor in 2014, took 41 shots to complete the front nine and although he picked up two birdies on the back nine, his three-over 75 saw him drop back to level par.

And two-time victor Ernie Els, who was two under after round one, dropped five shots in his opening six holes on Saturday.

He had missed another eagle putt on the 15th, when he drove the green in one and then rolled a six-footer just wide of the hole.

Fellow Englishman Andrew Johnston mixed three birdies with four bogeys as he slipped back to one under with a 73.

The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Open since Winged Foot in 1974, back when the names were more familiar for a major - Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, who went on to win his first major. The Englishman was three under after round one, but he followed Friday's 75 with another 75 today to drop to three over.

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