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Justin Thomas completes best single round in US Open history

Justin Thomas completes best single round in US Open history

The young lions are roaring again.

Fleetwood carded a third round of 68 at Erin Hills to finish alongside Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas on 11 under par, a shot behind surprise leader Brian Harman.

The question is which one of those lions will roar the loudest at the end of Sunday's final round in Erin, Wisconsin.

The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open.

England's Fleetwood had led until the final hole, when only his third bogey of the week meant he relinquished the lead to 30-year-old Harman, leaving himself tied with Koepka and Thomas.

Sleeping on a 54-hole lead at a U.S. Open for the first time in your career, then converting it to a win, is a very tall task.

He finished at 12-under 272, the first player to complete a U.S. Open double digits under par.

In an interview with the Golf Channel, Miller said: "Taking nothing away from nine under par, nine under is incredible with U.S. Open pressure". "It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started".

"This week I've been working with my coach, just sitting there and thinking, all right, let's go out and try to make a good golf swing and try to make a good putt".

The conditions were excellent at Erin Hills, and Thomas and the other leading golfers were able to exploit them even though the course is the longest (7,839 yards) in major championship history.

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"I've never done this before", Fleetwood said. "We're definitely in good position for tomorrow".

Spieth had a big grin on his face recounting the story. Reed, Fowler and Snedeker are among the most prominent contenders, and he is just four strokes behind at eight-under par. He tied for 13th in last year's Open at Oakmont. He has not had a top-10 finish since January, and his game has lacked consistency from round to round.

"The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open.

"I worked too hard Monday through Wednesday and so by Saturday I was exhausted", Reed said, per Ben Everil of PGATour.com.

"I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"It's just kind of getting that out of your head and just playing against who you're playing against like it's a regular tournament".

"Struck it well, hit a bunch of greens, and that's what you've got to do to play well around here". One shot behind him was South Korea's Si Woo Kim, who posted a 68 in the penultimate round.

Asked about the prospects of emulating 2013 champion Justin Rose, the 26-year-old from Southport added: "It will change my life". That would be a fantastic achievement that would put Kim in the same category as Jack Nicklaus (1978), Tiger Woods (2001), Hal Sutton (1983) and Martin Kaymer (2014).

And victory for any of the top 16 players on the leaderboard would extend the streak of first-time major winners to seven, a run dating back to Jason Day's win in the 2015 US PGA.

The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead.


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