US Open snippets from fourth round at Erin Hills

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Justin Thomas carded the lowest sub-par round ever at a US Open but still surrendered the third-round lead to fellow American Brian Harman on a helter-skelter Saturday at Erin Hills.

The 25-year-old Matsuyama could take some comfort and pride in matching the best finish ever by a Japanese in a men's major set by Hall of Famer Isao Aoki, runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol. Fowler is within two strokes of the lead at minus-10.

A par on the final hole tied Rory McIlroy's record score to par at 16 under for a four-shot victory. "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done".

I mean, to be honest, it just sucks to not even have a chance on that back nine.

Koepka parred the final two holes to tie the U.S. Open's 72-hole scoring record (in relation to par).

"I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday all of the way through today".

ERIN, Wisconsin England's Tommy Fleetwood has been putting beautifully at the U.S. Open and needs to extend his surprising roll at the championship one more day to change his life forever.

"Obviously the wind picked up and I felt like that played right into my hand", said Koepka, who considers himself a good ball-striker and good putter.

"He's not afraid. He never was", Mike said, after he joked that he and his wife had "bribed" their way into the stands on No. 18 to watch their son chase history.

A three-time victor on the PGA Tour this season, Thomas also joined the exclusive "59" club by breaking 60 at the Sony Open, but he may have saved his best for Father's Day weekend and his quest for his first major crown.

There was also plenty of big trouble at the 15th with five players carding double-bogeys, Satoshi Kodaira, Thomas Aiken and Li Haotong taking sevens and Russell Henley an eight.

Thomas made six birdies against a bogey on the fourth hole on the front nine.

"I enjoyed playing late on Saturday and Sunday and then next time, whenever that comes, I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can contend for the victory". So far 31 rounds of 63 have been recorded in a major by 29 different players (including Greg Norman at Augusta National), yet no one has gone below that. After playing partner Jonathan Randolph made a longer putt for bogey 6, Thomas' eagle putt was center-cut for history. When I get it going, I don't fear, like I used to.

"I felt like that has been the thing lately with me, why I haven't really played that well, I've been trying to win so badly".

South Korea's Kim Si-Woo was one behind Fowler on nine under after also shooting 68, while three players - Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman were on eight under.

Koepka has just one win on the PGA Tour, but now has five top tens and a win in 14 career major championships as a professional. "The players out here now aren't intimidated by long golf courses, they're intimidated by tight golf courses".

Reed, who beat Rory McIlroy in the first singles contest at Hazeltine previous year and was wearing the pants from his Ryder Cup uniform, said: "You always can take that fire from Ryder Cup and use it in other events".

T5. Bill Haas (-10): I don't think we mentioned Haas' name enough considering the golf he put together over the last three days (68-68-69).

"A lot of young guys, lot of great players", he said.

The win was Koepka's second on the PGA Tour but his peers will be the first to tell you that many more are to come. "But you've got to tip your cap to him". "Someone has a very good chance of ending up with their first major tomorrow".

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