Harman leads US Open by 1 shot heading into final round

Ebony Scott
June 18, 2017

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a US Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year and he leads in Wisconsin by a stroke, with world number 13 Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood (both 68) sharing second place.

No left-hander has ever won the U.S. Open.

"Obviously, the finish was awesome", he said right after he finished his round, when he held a temporary two-shot lead.

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. "Looking forward to the next two days".

MONEY PUTT: Jason Kokrak made a 16-foot putt on his final hole, No. 9, for a birdie that got him to 1 over - good enough to make the cut.

Casey chopped his way to a triple bogey, only to respond with five straight birdies that carried him to a 1-under 71 and make him the first to post at 7-under 137. His score in relation to par - 9 under - was a U.S. Open record, and he finished the day at 11 under.

Canadian Adam Hadwin is tied for 24th at two-under par after double bogeying the 17th hole on Friday for a two-over 74.

"Tomorrow will be a very cool experience", Fleetwood said. "To shoot a good round like today, I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend", Matsuyama said.

"It's the best I've struck the ball in a long time".

What we're left with are 12 players within 5 shots of the leader and a forecast calling for blustery conditions on Sunday, opening up the possibility for Erin Hills to bite back a little bit.

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Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark and J.B. Holmes were all one shot back, followed by a group of five at 5 under, including amateur Cameron Champ.

"I've shown what can happen with one bad swing".

It was all part of a dizzying day at the US Open where at times the leaderboard resembled a game of musical chairs with names moving up and down.

"It was a good save, it was a good bogey", said Fleetwood. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68.

The Kentucky native became the youngest player to shoot 50 on the US PGA Tour during the first round of his Sony Open victory in January.

"I think at the end of the day, it's competitive rounds and get the card in my hand", McIlroy said.

Furyk was never seriously challenged in the final round, and he wound up winning by three shots and matching what was then the U.S. Open record at 272.

"I was upset with the score I had made, but it had, in no way, any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot".

Fleetwood had been tied for the lead after birdies on the first, eighth, 12th, 14th and 15th, only to bogey the last after following up a poor pitch by putting his birdie attempt off the green. Sergio Garcia might shoot 63 on Saturday and give himself a chance to win the first two majors of the year, but everyone here at the course will be waiting for a plague of locusts or frogs at that point!

NOTEWORTHY: None of the top 18 players on the leaderboard have won a major.

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