Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

US Open snippets from third round at Erin Hills

His purple patch has instilled the belief he's ready to become the seventh consecutive first-time major victor, a run started by Jason Day at the 2015 US PGA Championship.

"I'm proud of the way I hung in there today". I had no idea that 9 under was the best ever in an Open, so that was pretty cool once I saw my card.

"It's hard when you're out there but when I look back, I'll think, 'I played well there".

Harman now stands at 12-under-par for the tournament but is being followed closely by Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.

The soft, forgiving conditions created opportunity for major movement up the leaderboard for those players willing to take it.

The American golfer Justin Thomas has created US Open history with the lowest score in relation to par in 117 years of the championship.

And after Haotong Li made a small piece of history Friday by surviving the halfway cut at the U.S. Open, he closed out a frustrating third round with a quadruple-bogey at the par-5 18th on Saturday. The Englishman has roared back to life with four straight birdies and is back to being one shot off the lead.

He then drilled a 300-yard second shot to around eight feet before rolling in his eagle putt to roars from the galleries at the Erin Hills Course in Wisconsin. I wish he was calling it just to hear what he would have said.

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"I hope the moment will come as soon as possible".

"It's been the best preparation going into a major, I felt like, in my career, which is playing in majors and knowing what I needed to do to prep for a tournament such as this. I feel like that's going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things". -Day after missing the cut.

"If you look at this golf course and you talk to me, Jason or Rory, this golf course sets up flawless for us", Johnson said. It's not going to be an easy day, for sure. "I'd love to have another one of those", said Thomas, who posted at 11-under 205.

World No.9 Rickie Fowler (68) is solo fifth, with Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim, from South Korea, a shot back in sixth after also carding a 68.

Casey, who had shot a six-under-par 66 on Thursday, came unstuck with a disastrous triple-bogey eight on the 14th after teeing off on the 10th hole.

Thomas set the U.S. Open scoring record despite registering a pair of bogeys, offsetting them with nine birdies and his closing eagle. It might sting a little more for McIlroy (+5) and Day (+10), who played in the same group and said after their round that they were consoling each other along the way.

Matsuyama, the world number four, had to settle for a one-under-par 71 which left him on six under, six off the pace. Louis Oosthuizen and Sergio Garcia, who are tied for 17th at -4, are the major winners in the best position through the first three rounds.

The top three players in the world have never missed the cut in the same major dating to when the world ranking began in 1986.

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