US Open filled with limitless possibilities, few stars

He also could become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open.

For all his good work, the Englishman needed a flawless pitch shot to save his round.

But only for a couple minutes.

Fowler was among those who wouldn't mind seeing the conditions toughen up for the final 18 holes. He shot 72 in the third round for an 8-under 202.

Gusts are forecast to pick up on Sunday, when a new major victor appears all but certain to be crowned with none of the top 16 on the leaderboard having previously taken out one of golf's premier strokeplay events. He just didn't know how much history.

Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style.

A flawless tee-shot left him in the centre of the fairway and he then ripped his second some 300 yards to leave himself with an eight-foot putt to clinch the lowest to par score in the history of the US Open.

Thomas soared up the leaderboard from 22nd, and all it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf.

Well, you could devalue it by saying it was shot on probably the widest golf course to yield the low score, and among the softest.

But Thomas is no stranger to records.

"But it isn't a U.S. Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up".

What a day for Justin Thomas. Or at your home course. He was 10 under, only two shots behind.

Paul Casey is looking to recover from another triple bogey. He ends his weekend at Erin Hills at 1 over.

Fowler has been one of the leading stories of this week's US Open, firing an opening-round 65 and following it up with a productive 68 in the third round. Rickie Fowler accomplished the feat in the first round, and Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie hit the number Thursday. He missed a short birdie putt on 18.

Charley Hoffman is all by himself on top of the U.S. Open - for now.

Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13 under.

Fowler began his strong run at the 2014 majors with a tied-fifth finish at the Masters at Augusta in the year Bubba Watson won his second green jacket. His best finish was a tie for 37th past year at Oakmont.

As well as Thomas, compatriot Patrick Reed was one of the biggest early movers, surging up the field with a dazzling round that included four birdies on the front nine against one bogey.

The world's fifth-ranked player is well off the lead. And he's giving the fans something to cheer.

"It's all good holing the putts on the practice green, but it's a different kettle of fish when you get out on the course and have to read slope, read downhill, uphill into the green, side green". He shot a 69 and was at 2-under 214.

Spieth had a nice day considering how the winds have picked up at Erin Hills. He just has to listen to the crowd. She thought for a second and replied, "16 birdies". He's one shot back of the lead shared by four golfers who tee off later Saturday. He grabbed his putter and pointed it out to his left just as the ball dropped into the cup. That's significantly higher than the $1.8 million that Johnson earned for winning the 2016 U.S. Open. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

He floated a wedge shot to three feet to escape with his only bogey of the round. Champ tees off later Saturday.

Three holes before, on the 288-yard, par-4 15th, Thomas had missed a six-foot eagle putt after driving the green with another 3-wood.

Incredibly, Thomas' round contained two bogeys. Not everyone can take advantage.

As dominant as Woods was, he never reached 10-under par until the final round. Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 71, though he was still seven shots behind.

"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".

Clouds are starting to gather over Wisconsin, and there's a chance the leaders might have to cope with bad weather in the afternoon.

The lead, however, belonged to Brian Harman. The final-round average was 77.2, and 20 players shot in the 80s.

But that's not all that makes the possibilities so limitless Saturday.

He is tied for 66th among the 68 players who made the cut.

The race for low amateur at the U.S. Open is down to Cameron Champ's last two holes.

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