Harman holding on: Savannah native leads US Open

Lynette Rowe
June 18, 2017

1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major.

The round was littered with some unbelievable approach shots and long putts as Thomas took advantage of overnight rains to move to 11-under, one shot off the lead by Brian Harman.

He three-putted on No. 13.

Then there was the Par-5 18th hole. But his chip landed short of the green on a ridge, leaving him a almost impossible putt to hold the green.

"He's upstairs and I'm down in the basement area", Fowler said.

Four players began the day in a share of the lead and that number increased to seven by the time the leaders teed off, with Fowler, Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman all getting to seven under.

Thomas poured in the eagle to become the 29th player with a 63 in a major championship. 12 of those 15 golfers were within four shots of Justin's 11-under pace.

But after two wayward rounds and a missed cut, defending champion Johnson was heading home on Friday resigned to watching the climax of the tournament on TV.

Day at least managed to find one positive spin. Jordan Spieth was even par through 12 holes and going nowhere.

That was a 10-shot improvement on his second round and left the 26-year-old on eight under par as he seeks to turn his Ryder Cup heroics into individual success.

He never would have guessed it.

"It was a great day", said Fowler, who is still gunning for his first major title. "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out".

5 players at -10 or better.

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American Chez Reavie also scored 65 on a day when Erin Hills failed for the most part to bare its fangs. If only he had hit the fairways.

Talked to Johnny. "9 under is incredible with #USOpen pressure, but it isn't a US Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up".

Sure, he birdied four of his last six holes to salvage a 71 and finish at 5-over 149.

After dropping three shots in his opening six holes, Matt Fitzpatrick holed five birdies in eight holes to post a two-under 70 to climb to three under.

McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn't played almost enough.

And despite starting his second round with bogeys on his first two holes, the South African bounced back to record a superb 66 which he matched in the third round. No left-hander has ever won the U.S. Open.

"I'm going to enjoy my time tonight with my little girl and my wife". But just for me, I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week, and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it.

His schedule will pick up immediately. McIlroy is competing at the Travelers Championship in CT this week and will then be playing the Irish Open and Scottish Open in his links preparations for Royal Birkdale.

The world number 50 headed to the clubhouse on 12 under, one ahead of Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood.

Yesterday, Fowler exploited the benign conditions at Erin Hills to haul himself back into the frame. It's the best I've struck the ball in a long time. Miller said via phone as he was headed to Utah for Father's Day.

Justin Thomas knew his shot was good the second he hit it. I've just got to keep going.

"A 63 for a par 72 is a heck of a score", Miller said, "even if it was the Milwaukee Open."
"The execution was not there".

In between, he was spending a routine night in with the family. Unlikely as it seems, that was the last major he played on the weekend.

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